Spaulding Ranch Park Site

3805 N Cole Rd, Boise

Aerial view of Boise's Spaulding Ranch park site. Photo shows a red barn and open land surrounded by housing.

Spaulding Ranch was acquired by the City of Boise in 2016 and is the first property of its kind in Boise Parks and Recreation’s inventory. The site was designated as a local historic district in 1996 and features a barn, main house and acreage for agricultural plots and pathways.

Current Work

  • Construction of the road is underway at Spaulding Ranch. The road project, which spans from North Glenwood Road to Cole Road, is located along the north side of the park property. Work is estimated to wrap up during the summer of 2024.
  • Our team is working on plans for the garden with additional on site plots run by Global Gardens and University of Idaho Ag Extension this year.

Next Steps

  • Parks and Recreation is going to work on a detailed design plan for the grounds including completing irrigation system, pathways, shade structures and farming areas.
Spaulding Ranch Master Plan Rendering
Spaulding Ranch Master Plan Rendering
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.

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Historic District

In 1996, the City of Boise designated Spaulding Ranch as a local historic district.

Spaulding Ranch History

Almon and Mary Spaulding came to Idaho in 1896 and created the Spaulding homestead. Originally a 100-acre farm, the City of Boise purchased the remaining 20-acres in 2016 to create what will be will be the unique destination for food education and engagement. Spaulding Ranch is a small part of a larger history of agriculture in Idaho. More than a farm, it will be a dynamic community gathering space that showcases the past, present and future of agriculture and food. Here you will find local partners working together to showcase each and every element of the community food system model. Grow. Eat. Share. The visionary plan intends to revive urban agriculture within the City, preserve the rich and unique history of the site and provide an amenity that will be an asset to the neighborhood and the region. 

Project completion estimates are subject to change due to volatility in the construction industry. Current challenges include material availability, rising costs, supply chain disruptions, staffing shortages and more. Boise Parks and Recreation will update project timelines as needed if delays occur.

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