The City of Boise and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter today dedicated the city’s newest park, Mariposa Park, in West Boise. Now open to the public at the corner of Mitchell and Irving Streets, the new park features green space, pathways, a pond and a fenced-in dog park.
“It’s always a great day when we can dedicate a new park and this is a wonderful addition for our West Boise neighbors,” said Mayor Dave Bieter. “The word mariposa means butterfly in Spanish, and we couldn’t be more pleased to promote kindness and inclusivity in this beautiful space.”
Boise Parks and Recreation held a contest with students from across Boise who attend the city’s school-based community centers to name the new park. After vetting 89 entries, Boise City Council Member Lisa Sanchez and a team of parks and recreation employees chose Mariposa Park based on the entry by Whitney Elementary School fourth grade student Riley Fuller. Riley attended Friday’s dedication ceremony and helped the mayor cut the ribbon to officially mark the park’s opening.
The park will feature a pollinator garden to attract butterflies and will provide educational opportunities for visitors to learn more about the city’s Parks, Monarchs and Milkweeds program. Boise Parks and Recreation has made the commitment to conserve monarch butterfly habitat in the Boise area and this new park will support that pledge.
“We are excited to build on Riley’s butterfly theme as we enhance this new park,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “While the green-up phase has been completed, there are plans to add more amenities in future years including a picnic shelter, playground and more when additional funding is available.”
The City of Boise purchased the property from the Sterling family in 2004. The park sits on the former Sterling Nursery site. Click here to view the park master plan.