Mesa Reserve

Mesa Reserve is 164 acres and is located adjacent to Table Rock.

In 2003, the City purchased the 58-acre Boyer-Satz property on bench to the north of Table Rock using Foothills Levy Funds. As a part of the City’s 2002 development agreement with Homer Wise, the developer of Boulder Heights, several other parcels adjacent to the Boyer-Satz property have been acquired by the City as each phase of Boulder Heights is completed.  Upon completion of the development, 207 acres will be donated to the City.  In 2013, the Warm Springs Mesa Neighborhood Association completed a Neighborhood Plan.  In that plan, they asked to name the neighboring City owned open space reserve Mesa Reserve and the City Council approved the plan. 

Hours of Operation

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Location

#16 Table Rock Loop

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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.

Health of the Reserve

In 2018, the ecological conditions of Mesa Reserve were assessed to include plant species inventories, shrub and perennial bunchgrass density, vegetative cover, and more. These data are used to guide management of the reserve.

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Table Rock Fire

The Table Rock Fire was started by illegal fireworks in the late hours of June 29, 2016. Ignited just below the Table Rock cross, the wildfire spread quickly in high winds and under extremely dry conditions. The fire threatened hundreds of homes.

Photo credit, Darin Oswald

Collaboration is key to a successful restoration effort, and land managers worked together in the aftermath of the fire to align rehabilitation efforts. The following goals were used to frame and guide discussions about rehabilitation:

  1. Restore native wildlife habitat.
  2. Engage all age-groups in post-fire rehabilitation through volunteerism, service-learning, and educational programming.
  3. Reduce erosion potential in the Warm Springs basin

In the days following the fire, Zoo Boise donated $100,000 from its acclaimed Conservation Fund to replant native vegetation in the are burned by the Table Rock Fire! In 2007, Zoo Boise became the first zoo in the country to create a conservation fee. The 50¢ fee, charged in addition to the admission price, was designed to fund conservation projects taking place in Idaho and around the world.

Restoration work is ongoing at Table Rock. Click here to learn more.

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