Julia Davis Park

700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise

The city's oldest park, Julia Davis Park was created thanks to a generous donation of 43 acres of land in 1907 by Thomas Davis as a memorial to his beloved wife, Julia. See what makes this park special with its unique features.

Boise State Football Home Game Day Reminder: Towing will be delayed at Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, Idaho Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park and Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park until 9:00 a.m. the following morning regardless of the game’s kickoff time.

Hours of Operation

Park is open from sunrise to midnight.

Location

670 Julia Davis Dr

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Parking

Parking at Julia Davis Park is reserved for patrons of the park. If you plan on visiting one of the attractions for longer than two hours, please obtain an extended visitor parking pass when you purchase an admission ticket.
Beginning September 3, 2019, the two-hour restriction will go into effect year-round. Those in violation of the parking limit may be ticketed or towed.

Restrooms

Restrooms are available at this park. Restrooms are open and park drinking fountains are now operational.

Reservations

Julia Davis Park has two pavilions, the Rose Garden and Gene Harris Bandshell that may be reserved for events. The facilities at this park can only be reserved starting January 1st each year.

Birding

This location provides opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.

The Idaho Birding Trail (IBT) is a network of sites and side-trips that provides the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho. With 175 sites and about 2,000 miles of trail separated into four distinct regions the IBT represents a collection of bird watching hotspots, diverse habitats, and a glimpse of Idaho's rich natural heritage.

If you are interested in learning more about birding in Idaho, visit Idaho Birding Trail website.

Bocce

Available by reservation or on a first come, first served basis.

Bocce Court Rules

Horseshoes

Horseshoes pits are available on a first come, first served basis. Players must provide their own equipment.

Fishing

Wondering about where to fish in Boise ponds? The Idaho Department of Fish & Game stocks several ponds in city parks maintained by the Boise Parks and Recreation. For the stocking schedule, see Idaho Fish & Game Stocking Information.    

Open Play Areas

Open play areas are cut grass spaces that provide opportunities for healthy recreational activities for people of all ages.

Playground

Playground is for ages 2-12

Tennis

Tennis courts may be reserved by contacting Boise Parks and Recreation at (208) 608-7680.

One court must be open for public use at all times.

View Rules and Regulations for Tennis Court Use

Reservations

Julia Davis Park has two pavilions, the Rose Garden and Gene Harris Bandshell that may be reserved for events. The facilities at this park can only be reserved starting January 1st each year.

Restrooms

Restrooms are available at this park. Restrooms are open and park drinking fountains are now operational.

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. 

Download Master Plan

About Julia Davis

The City of Boise, Idaho, has many things to boast about, but few can compare with the quiet charm of Julia Davis Park.

The story behind Julia Davis Park begins in 1862 when two orphaned brothers, Tom and Frank Davis, joined with a group of 75 men in Cincinnati, Ohio, and headed west hoping to strike gold. As an early Boise pioneer, Tom Davis helped lay out the blueprint of the city and owned and developed thousands of acres of agricultural property.

Julia McCrumb came to the Boise Valley from Ontario, Canada, to visit relatives in the Summer of 1869. Two years later she and Tom Davis were married and the couple eventually had six children.

Julia, known for her kindness and gracious hospitality, would welcome and assist emigrants traveling on the Oregon Trail as they stopped their wagons along the river to rest from their journey across the high desert. She died in the Autumn of 1907 at the age of 60 after assisting a traveler who may have had typhoid fever.

Upon deeding the property in memory of his wife, Tom Davis required that the land would forever be used for public park purposes.

Public Art

Julia Davis Memorial by Jerry Snodgrass

Wind Dance by Mark Baltes

Seated Lincoln by Gutzon Borglum

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