Alta Harris Park Site

The new Alta Harris Park will occupy 20-acres of undeveloped land along the Boise River. Alta Harris Park is the seventh riverside community park in the "Ribbon of Jewels," a series of local parks named in honor of prominent local women. The park site is located off Eckert Road, northeast of Barber Park.

Alta Harris Park Status

Boise Parks and Recreation has been working toward construction of Alta Harris Park. The budget for construction was initially set at $1.96 million. This amount included a $600,000 contribution from the Harris Family and a $160,000 contribution from the Southwest Idaho Soccer League (SISL), with the remaining amount coming from development impact fees. The Parks and Recreation team put the greenup phase of Alta Harris Park out to bid in July 2020 and bids opened in early August of the same year. This phase included turf, irrigation, trees, restroom and pathway build out. Unfortunately, bids came in much, much higher than anticipated. The construction environment that we find ourselves in is one that our team has never experienced. The lowest bid for the project was $3 million and no additional funding has been identified to make up the deficiency. As such, all bids for the project were rejected and the construction is being put on hold. In early 2022, the City of Boise will be updating development impact fees and the costs associated with projects in the capital plan. The capital plan is on a ten-year planning cycle and is updated every five years.
Master Plan

The Master Plan is a concept drawing illustrating recreation facilities and landscape features planned for a park site.  It does not necessarily represent what amenities are currently in a park.

The Alta Harris Community Park Revised Master Plan was approved by the Boise Parks and Recreation Commission on October 17, 2019.

Timeline

The current construction timeline for this project is TBD. Check back for details.

About Alta Harris

In 1950, Alta and Dallas moved the sawmill to the Boise area, calling it Harris Brothers Lumber Company, eventually becoming Producers Lumber Company and then they began acquiring land in East Boise along the Boise River. There they established a ranch raising Hereford cattle, which still operates today. The real estate development project, Harris Ranch, takes its name from this family enterprise. Dallas and Alta were true partners in business and life. Alta has invested energy in civic and religious activities as well as promoting Christian education. Once developed, amenities may include sport fields, playground, restrooms, picnic shelters and connection to the Greenbelt. The park site is located on the north bank of the Boise River in the Harris Ranch development. Alta and Dallas Harris had four children: Felicia Burkhalter, Gary Harris, Millie Davis and Randy Harris.

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