1000 S AMERICANA BLVD
ABOUT THE PARK
One of the "Ribbon of Jewels," Ann Morrison is an urban park located on the Boise River. The park property was purchased by Morrison-Knudsen Co. founder Harry W. Morrison in honor of his late wife, Ann Morrison, and built in 1959 by Morrison-Knudsen employees.
The 153-acre park features a distinctive spray fountain, gardens, Candy Cane Playground, tennis courts, lighted softball diamonds, soccer, cricket and football fields, and a picnic pavilion.
A pedestrian bridge over the Boise River links the park to downtown Boise. Downstream from the bridge, the park features riverside access that is popular with anglers.
Six tennis courts were completely renovated in 2015. Two existing courts were rebuilt and four smaller “10 and Under” youth courts were added. Donations to the youth courts included $5,000 from the Idaho Tennis Association. During the 2013 Davis Cup U.S. vs. Serbia quarterfinal in Boise, the U.S. Tennis Association pledged an additional $20,000 for the youth courts.
Ann Morrison Park is the home to hundreds of trees. To learn more about trees in the park on a leisurely stroll along the Greenbelt, please see the self-guided tree walk.
Smoking is prohibited except in a designated area in the southwest corner of the park near the duck pond. See a map of the designated smoking area.
"First Lady of Construction"
April 26, 1884-Oct. 25, 1957
An Idaho native, Ann Daly was reared in the gold mining district known as the Boise Basin. At an early age she moved with her family to Boise where she graduated from high school, studied shorthand, and became a secretary at the State Capitol.
In February 1914, Ann met Harry at a dinner party hosted by his sister, a neighbor of Ann's mother. While still in their 20s, Harry and Ann had a whirlwind courtship and in December of 1914, they were married.
Even before they married, Ann visited construction projects -- beginning with the Three Mile Falls Dam, Morrison Knudsen's first dam project near Hermiston, Ore. Ann established her role in the young firm first as bookkeeper and later writing her recollections: "Those Were the Days" in The Em-Kayan magazine. Ann remained active in the company as well as Harry's constant companion for 43 years. She died of leukemia in October 1957.
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. In recognition of the educational and recreational opportunities it offers to the public, the House of Representatives passed a resolution in 2006 declaring the IBT as the official state birding trail of Idaho.
If you are interested in learning more about birding in Idaho and the Idaho Birding Trail, see http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/ibt/
The bocce ball courts will be used on Wednesday evenings, mid-April to mid-September, and is located off the University and Capital Blvd entrance in between the Ann Morrison soccer and softball fields.
Contact: Anne Stafford 208-376-5689 or IdahoBocceBallClub@gmail.com (President of the Club)
For more information, visit them on Facebook by searching Idaho Bocce Ball Club @IdahoBocceBallClub
Available by reservation or on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Bocce Court Rules
The field will be used on Sundays, mid-April to mid-September, is located in the south/west corner of the AM soccer fields. Their concrete 'pitch' was installed between soccer fields 1 & 2.
Contacts: Greg Moran, 208-861-0321 & Pratap Murali, 208-841-1448 (President of the Club)
For more information, visit their group website.
Morrison Foundation honors 50-year celebration of
Ann Morrison Park with Deer Sculpture
A sculpture of a doe and two fawns was commissioned
by Mrs. Velma Morrison and placed on the north side of the fountain
in the center of Ann Morrison Park. The piece was dedicated on July
4, 2009, during the 50-year celebration of the park.
Artist Bernie Jestrabek-Hart of Caldwell crafted the sculpture
from flat sheets of 10-gauge aluminum shaped into 3-dimensional
Boise landscape designer Gerhard Borbonus created a base of
sandstone boulders landscaped with native grasses, bushes and
A bronze plaque at the base of the sculpture explains the
origin of the park:
How did your park come to be?
As a young man, co-founder Harry W. Morrison ran a team of horses
and scrapers to build his company into what would be the world's
largest construction company, Morrison Knudsen. His wife, Ann,
helped him achieve this goal. After her passing, his dream was to
build a beautiful park for families to enjoy. Ann Morrison Park was
donated to the city of Boise on June 7, 1959.
If you are an avid disc golfer, you have probably noticed a few changes taking place with the Ann Morrison Disc Golf Course. Thanks to the efforts of the Gem State Disc Golf Club, the course is receiving a sorely needed facelift. Holes have been relocated and others added to address changes to the park, signs are being updated, and other amenities are being considered. The new layout features 21 holes of challenging play, and starts off the American Blvd. entrance to the park.
Dog Off-Leash Area
All areas of Ann Morrison Park are available for dog off-leash use from November 1 - February 28, Sunrise to Sunset, with the exception of the Greenbelt, parking lots, roadways, and playground.
Dogs and their owners should be sure to follow the City's leash ordinance going to and coming from the dog park, and follow the Dog Off-Leash Rules and Regulations while visiting the park.
The map showcases points of interest, pedestrian bridges, parking locations and other valuable resources for users of the 25-mile pathway.
Number of Horseshoes courts: 3
There are 3 horseshoe pits available at a first-come,
Park is open from sunrise to sunset, only lighted ballfields are open until 11 p.m.
The Bodybuilding.com Park Gym at Ann Morrison Park is made up of 15 pieces of durable new fitness equipment installed on a 1,400-square-foot pad. Use of the equipment, which is accessible year round, is free to the public. Are you a gym newbie? Don't worry. Each piece of equipment has posted instructions.
Learn more about each piece of equipment and sample workouts on bodybuilding.com's website.
Park Ambassadors serve as liaisons between park users and the Boise Parks & Recreation Department (BPR). They report maintenance needs, promote proper use of the park, and share information with park users. In addition, they may share their unique hobbies and skills through special tours and programs. Park Ambassadors commit to visiting their park regularly for one year. All Ambassadors must pass a criminal history background check and attend an orientation prior to being accepted into the program.
Interested in becoming a Park Ambassador, please complete an application.
Places to Walk
Download a map of the walking paths and distances in this park.
The walking map sign located in the park was created through a partnership with SelectHealth and Let's Move Boise.
Age group: 2-12
The playground surface is wood chips.
Ann Morrison Park has a shelter may be reserved for events, picnics and ceremonies. The Ann Morrison Old Timer's Shelter will be available to reserve at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2017 for the 2017 season.
Restrooms near the playground are open year around.
Number of Softball fields: 2
Turf Type: Dirt
Fields may be reserved for practice in early spring before league softball season begins. Scheduled softball games and Invitational Softball tournaments run April through October, Monday through Friday evenings for league softball games and weekends for tournaments.
The Boise Parks and Recreation Department offers sports fields that can be reserved for sports clinics, camps, tournaments and league games at this location.
For other activities including practices or scrimmages, sports fields can be used by simply dropping in first come, first served.
If you are interested in reserving a sports field, please visit Sports Fields webpage for general information and application.
Number of Tennis courts: 6
Tennis courts may be reserved by contacting:
Boise Parks and Recreation
One court must be open for public use at all times.
View our Rules & Regulations for Tennis Court Use
There are two adult sized courts and four smaller “10 and Under” youth courts.
Number of Volleyball courts: 1
One sand volleyball court is available at a first-come,
Smoking is 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.
NOTE: E-cigarettes are not prohibited under the ordinances.
Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.
A 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.