Parks and Open Space Protections

Boiseans value the many benefits that come from access to the city’s beautiful parks and open space reserves. Since 2021, the Parks and Recreation Department has been working with Mayor Lauren McLean and city leadership to complete an exhaustive review of documents related to the city's 103 park sites in Boise city limits (both developed and undeveloped), 15 open space reserves and the Boise River Greenbelt.

While many properties already had lasting protections written into existing agreements like deeds, donation agreements, construction, and purchase agreements, 51 parks and open space reserves were identified to benefit from additional protections.

Open space at Borah Park
Borah Park
Open space at Molenaar Park
Molenaar Park
open space at Catalpa Park
Catalpa Park
Open space at Williams Park
Williams Park

Starting November 15, 2022, individual resolutions adding deed restrictions to park and open spaces properties were presented in groups to Mayor McLean and Boise City Council members. The final group of park and open space reserve protections were adopted on January 10, 2023. All eligible parks and open space reserves within city limits now have important lasting protections. Any future property added to the city’s park and open space inventory, including park property annexed into the city, will be afforded the same lasting protections. This includes sites like the Shamrock St. park land purchase and the linear park + pathway on West Goddard Road.

Locations included in this process are reflected on the interactive map, as well as listed below with the date approved by Boise City Council.

Interactive Map

WEEK 5 - January 10, 2023 -Approved

  • Polecat Gulch Reserve
  • Primrose Park
  • Rotary Park
  • Shoreline Park
  • Shoshone Park
  • Stewart Gulch Park
  • Sycamore Park
  • Warm Springs Golf Course
  • Warm Springs Park
  • Williams Park
  • Willow Lane Athletic Complex and Park

WEEK 4 - December 13, 2022 - Approved

  • McAuley Park
  • Molenaar Park
  • Morris Hill Cemetery and Park
  • Optimist Youth Sports Complex
  • Oregon Trail Reserve
  • Peppermint Park
  • Pierce Park Lane Park Site
  • Pine Grove Park
  • Pioneer Cemetery
  • Platt Gardens

WEEK 3 - December 6, 2022 - Approved

  • Hillside to Hollow Reserve
  • Hulls Gulch Reserve
  • Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
  • Idaho Fallen Firefighter Memorial
  • Kirsten Coughlin Park
  • Kristens Park
  • Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park
  • Magnolia Park
  • Manitou Park
  • Mariposa Park

WEEK 2 - November 29, 2022 - Approved

  • Elm Grove Park
  • Fairview Park
  • Florence Park
  • Foothills East Park
  • Foothills East Reserve
  • Franklin Park
  • Gordon S. Bowen Park
  • Hawkins Range Reserve
  • Helen B. Lowder Park
  • Hewett Park

WEEK 1 - November 15, 2022 - Approved

  • Aldape Park 
  • Baggley Park 
  • Borah Park
  • Bowden Park 
  • Cassia Park 
  • Castle Hills Park 
  • Catalpa Park 
  • Charles F. McDevitt Park 
  • Cottonwood Park 
  • DeMeyer Park 

For additional information about park and open space protection efforts within the City of Boise, please contact Boise Parks and Recreation.

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