COVID-19 Update

All recreation facilities temporarily closed; department programming, events, volunteer opportunities also cancelled or postponed

Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Boise is closing all public recreation facilities and department offices to the public until further notice. Boise Parks and Recreation is also canceling all department programs, events, classes, camps, activities and volunteer opportunities through May 9. City leaders are coordinating with state, county and local officials to monitor the virus and will continue to evaluate facility and programming decisions as the situation evolves.

Please note: The Dick Eardley Senior Center (690 Robbins Rd.) is closed until further notice but participants can still pick up affordable lunches curbside from Metro Meals on Wheels every day, Monday- Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following Parks and Recreation facilities are temporarily closed to the public until further notice:

*Customers with private event reservations, including weddings, will be contacted by our reservations team with further information. If you have an event booked between now and May 9, and would like to discuss your options with our reservations team immediately, please call 208-608-7600 or email.

The following locations remain open:

  • All trails in the Ridge to Rivers system, including trail heads (restrooms closed)
  • All parks (except Whitewater Park and Bike Park)
  • City of Boise managed cemeteries

Users are encouraged to follow direction from public health agencies and elected officials around social distancing.

Cancellations, Credits and Refunds

Credits and refunds for program, league and activity cancellations made by Boise Parks and Recreation between March 17 and May 9 will be issued a pro-rated amount automatically in the coming days. Thank you for your patience as this process is completed.

If you have any questions or customer service needs, please contact us at (208) 608-7600 or email. Staff will be monitoring phone lines and emails during the temporary facilities closure and responding as soon as possible to messages.

Please visit the City of Boise’s website for updates as this situation evolves:

All City of Boise Playgrounds Closed - Effective March 21, 2020

At the direction of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway is closing all park playgrounds to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), effective immediately.

There are approximately 50 playgrounds in public city parks across Boise. Please stay off swings, slides and avoid using or touching any other park equipment until further notice.

Parks and Recreation maintenance team members will be taping off all playgrounds over the weekend, starting with our most popular parks, and posting signage at each site alerting residents to these closures.


Additional Closures as of March 26, 2020

Restrooms added: portable bathrooms and hand sanitizing stations will be added at Ann Morrison and Julia Davis Park as these sites are very popular.

Two Community Centers Remain Open

To ease the burden on parents who must work and are in high-demand jobs such as first responders and healthcare, Boise School District and Boise Parks and Recreation will offer limited, free childcare at two sites.

Sites will be limited to 24 children each. The first priority will be given to Boise School District K-6 students. Within the first three days of attendance at either program, parents will be required to provide a note from their employer that states their current employment schedule.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided by Boise School District food service staff.

Boise Schools and the City of Boise stress that they will adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding hygiene for both students and staff. Each site will have a nurse available to screen students at drop off.

Morley Nelson Elementary 
Boise Parks and Recreation
Community Center
7701 W Northview St, Boise, ID 83704
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Whittier Elementary School
Boise Parks and Recreation
Community Center
301 N 29th St, Boise, ID 83702
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The following Boise Parks and Recreation school-based community centers are closed until further notice:

  • Garfield
  • Grace Jordan
  • Hawthorne
  • Jefferson
  • McMillan
  • South Junior High
  • Taft
  • Whitney

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