Comba Park

2995 N. Five Mile Rd., Boise

The building in Comba Park is home to BUGS (Boise Urban Garden School). BUGS provides garden education, cooking classes and community garden management in partnership with the city of Boise.

Hours of Operation

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Location

2995 N Five Mile Rd
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Parking

There is on site parking available.

Community Garden

Garden operations will be managed in a collaboration between the Comba Garden Tenants Association and the Boise Urban Garden School, which is part of Boise Parks and Recreation. For information, please contact the Comba Garden Tenants Association.

Conservation Station

Conservation stations are a discovery based environmental education program designed to educate the community about a variety of conservation related topics. Park visitors can come across a station and learn about our natural environment while recreating in Boise parks.

Playground

Playground is for ages 2-12

Playground surface is artificial turf which is composed of polyethylene.

Smoking Prohibition

Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all public parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and city-owned golf courses.

Towing

Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.

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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Splash Pad

Currently closed. Water feature with three ground sprays, a dumping bucket and a 36-inch orb.

About Dr. Trudy Comba

Dr. Trudy Comba is a prominent educator, entrepreneur and philanthropist.  A retired, long-time Idaho resident who spent 42 years in education, Dr. Comba is passionate about helping children achieve their dreams. 

Achieving her own dream wasn’t easy.  Dr. Comba left school to work in tobacco and strawberry fields to help support her family.  This wasn’t a disappointment:  Dr. Comba will readily admit school felt more like a prison sentence.  As a teen, Dr. Comba entered a convent where she attended two years of college, became a school teacher, and learned that education could be actually be fun.    

Dr. Comba earned a bachelor's degree at Duquesne University, a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D in special education at the University of Oregon.  Dr. Comba spent 10 years teaching at Boise State University, where she established the early childhood education program and wrote the Kindergarten curriculum guide for the state of Idaho.  

Together with her husband Dr. John Comba, a former State Director of Special Education, and their three girls -- Ann Margaret, Kathryn and Michelle -- the family built a 10,000-square-foot school in West Boise.  A Small World Center for Creativity opened its doors in 1980.  

Dr. Trudy --- as she was known to scores of Boise children -- had a vision for a fun, holistic educational experience for young children that incorporated child development, fine arts, foreign languages, karate, and computers.  A Small World featured jogging paths, teepees for camp outs, farm animals and a barn with a kiln, library, wood working center and a complete darkroom.  There was also a greenhouse and potting shed for flower and vegetables.  

At A Small World, school was fun.  

Dr. Comba opened four more preschools throughout the city, running the state’s largest child care centers.   Dr. Comba won numerous awards for her work and was widely recognized nationally as an innovator in early childhood education.   

In 2000, the Comba family donated the West Boise site for the future Comba Park.

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