The Harris family donated approximately 3 acres of riverside land to the City of Boise for the Golda Harris Nature Preserve. The nature preserve was deeded to the city in August, 2016. The preserve is located north of the East Parkcenter bridge and just south of Warm Springs Avenue. Future amenities will include natural pathways, seating, public art, interpretive signage and wildlife viewing areas. A temporary pedestrian bridge was placed across the Walling Creek drain for access to the site during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The bridge was removed afterward due to flooding in Spring of 2017.
The masterplan for Golda Harris Nature Preserve is undergoing revision pending approval from the Boise Parks and Recreation Commission. These revisions account for changes to FEMA’s floodplain maps and considerations brought forward by Boise’s Public Works Department regarding amenities in the floodway. These changes include realignment of some internal pathways, moving the public art installation areas, and the addition of a bridge that can accommodate Parks maintenance equipment.