Cemeteries - An Integral Part of Boise Parks and Recreation

Pioneer1.jpgMost people are not aware that Morris Hill, Pioneer, and Military Cemeteries have been operated and maintained by the City of Boise for many years. Morris Hill since 1882, Pioneer since 1920 and Military Reserve since 1947.

The beauty and serenity created by the veritable solitude, the stoic uniqueness and variety of the headstones, and the seasonal beauty of some of the oldest trees in the valley, has drawn walkers, joggers, and patrons just needing some quiet time. There is also a valuable connection to family, ethnicity, and history to be appreciated and respected. Whatever the reason, Boiseans who regularly patronize the grounds can enjoy a deep sense of peace and tranquility.

General park rules and regulations also apply, like opening at day break and closing at dusk. There are also some special controls for obvious reasons. No dogs or loud noises allowed. If you are expecting to participate in sports of any kind, you will need to find a near-by park that allows those activities. All aspects of burial operations and ceremonies must be shown the proper reverence by being quiet and maintaining a respectful distance. Common sense and common courtesy should ensure all cemetery patrons a positive experience.