Kathryn Albertson Park

1001 S. Americana Blvd., Boise

Kathryn Albertson Park Improvements

Kathryn Albertson Park is a 41-acre special use park located near downtown Boise. A haven for wildlife and quiet contemplation, the park features wide, paved footpaths and reservable outdoor gazebos in a beautiful natural setting. It is one of the riverside parks in the "Ribbon of Jewels" named for prominent local women.

Hours of Operation

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Location

1001 S Americana Blvd

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Parking

There is parking available.

Reservations

Kathryn Albertson Park has two small facilities that may be reserved for ceremonies.  Reservations can be made 11 months in advance at the first of each month for this park.

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.

Wildlife

To protect wildife, please observe them from a distance and fishing, boating, swimming and wading are prohibited.

Kathryn Albertson Park houses a multitude of animal life. The most easily spotted are the many varieties of birds. waterfowl, song and game birds, owls, and herons have found their own niches in the park.

Many animals share the water with the ducks and other birds. Salamanders, painted and boxed turtles can be seen as well as bullfrogs which can often be heard. Raccoons, beavers, rabbits, and voles can be found in the park. Red foxes sometimes visit, too.

Many birds and mammals are inactive during the day, so early morning and evening are the best times to observe wildlife. Sudden movements and excessive noise cause most animals to flee and hide, so listen, move quietly, look closely-the most interesting things in nature take place right under your nose.

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.

Pollinators

Pollinators are a vital part of our ecosystem and help facilitate a plant's ability to reproduce. About one-third of the United States food crops rely on the help they receive from pollinators. Without these important insects, we would lose many fruits and vegetables. However, due to habitat loss and development many pollinator populations are in decline.

Parks, Monarchs & Milkweeds

Known for its vibrant color and distinct markings, the monarch butterfly is a favorite to many people. With the monarch population struggling, protecting this insect includes protecting the showy milkweed plant. Showy milkweed is the only host plant for the monarch larvae and a great nectar source for adults. Check out this station and see what a showy milkweed plant looks like up close.

Greenbelt Access

This park provides access to the Boise River Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is one of Boise's most beloved parks. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views and wildlife habitat.

Reservations

Kathryn Albertson Park has two small facilities that may be reserved for ceremonies.  Reservations can be made 11 months in advance at the first of each month for this park.

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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Kathryn Albertson Park Rules and Regulations

To protect wildlife, please observe them from a distance. Biking, fishing, boating, swimming and wading are prohibited in the park.

Dogs are now permitted year around. They are required to be kept on leash.

Kathryn Albertson Park History

The Rookery, a gazebo named after a place where birds breed or congregate, sports the red tile roof that formerly topped Albertsons first supermarket, which opened in Boise in 1939. Supporting the roof are broad beams from an airport hangar previously located where Boise State University now stands, and once visited by Charles Lindbergh. Although most of the rock used in this park is Boise sandstone, inlaid in the floor of The Rookery are small, reddish granite stones imported from Germany. Adjacent to The Rookery is a cross-section of the world's largest ponderosa pine tree, estimated to be 376 years old.

The second gazebo, The Eyrie, was named after the nest of a bird prey. The impressive stone and beam construction of The Rookery is repeated here. You will find a rustic, lean-to roof of huge rounded beams and specially milled split cedar poles. The roof and walls frame a secluded alcove with stone benches that face an arrangement of massive sandstone fountains. The Rookery was rebuilt in April 2013.

About Kathryn Albertson

Kathryn McCurry, a Boise native, met her future husband Joe Albertson, founder of Albertsons, Inc., at the College of Idaho. It was during a chemistry class that she spilled an acid solution on her leg, and Joe came to her rescue. They were married on New Year's Day in 1930.

Kathryn's unassuming attitude has kept her out of the spotlight, but not from being the light in many lives. Her inner strength and caring garner repeated praise, as have the Albertsons' generous donations to Albertson College of Idaho, Boise State University, and other institutions.

Dedicated on October 17, 1989, Kathryn Albertson Park was donated to Boise and the people of Idaho by Joe and Kathryn Albertson -- unique and precious treasure.

The park was designed to be an attractive home for resident and migratory wildlife in downtown Boise.

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