Catalpa Park



Catalpa Park is treasured by Northwest Boise neighbors for its walking path, public art and mature trees. The park is adjacent to Collister Elementary School, which was built in 1912 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The park site was formed with the 1996 purchase of three residential properties totaling 6.5 acres. The properties were managed as rental units until development funding was allocated in 2000. At that time, neighbors were asked for input on three concept designs. The outcome was a park plan featuring a perimeter walking path, playground, restroom, shelter, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, basketball court and an informal skate board area. The Catalpa Neighborhood Park was dedicated on August 13, 2002. 

The shelter is available at a first-come, first-serve basis.


Logo.CollisterElementaryCatalpa Park has kindly been adopted by Collister Elementary School, which is nestled between Catalpa Park and the backdrop of the Boise Foothills in northwest Boise.  Collister is strong in academics, athletics, art, music, and extramural activities.  It is the home of the Eagles and they are flying high!

The Adopt-A-Park program gives churches, civic organizations, local businesses, and other community groups the opportunity to adopt their neighborhood park. Adopting groups will commit to maintaining their park for a renewable one-year term, helping with things such as eradicating graffiti, picking up litter, filling mutt-mitt dispensers, painting site amenities, raking leaves, and mulching trees and planting beds. In exchange, the Department recognizes the group as the adopting agency via our website and signage at the park.

Interested in adopting a park? Visit here to apply and learn more about our Adopt-A-Park program.


Number of Basketball courts: 1


Number of Horseshoes courts: 2

Two horseshoe pits are available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

Open Play Areas

Open play areas are cut grass spaces that provide opportunities for healthy recreational activities for people of all ages.

Operating Hours

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.


There are 2 dual use pickleball courts available for use on the tennis courts at the park. For more information, visit

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.


Swingsets: yes
Age group: 2-12

The playground surface is wood chips.BPR All General 10 30 2012 CATALPA PLAYGROUND UP CLOSE FOR WEB

Practice Fields

Turf Type: Grass

Fields are scheduled and reserved for local soccer organizations and partners by Boise Parks and Recreation. Usually weekdays or early evenings are available for drop-in use (first-come, first-serve).

Public Art

History in Motion: Past, Present, Future By Mark Stasz, 2003

catalpapublicart.jpgThe form of the sculpture mirrors the motion of a bouncing ball, which is a literal reference to children playing games in the park and an allegorical metaphor of the Collister Neighborhood moving from the past, through the present and into the future.

The first arc, representing the past, is made of steel and found objects with a red-brown patina finish, like the naturally occurring rust process that occurs to steel over time. The artifacts are a visual reminder of the neighborhood's historical past.

The second arc is made of steel and a tapered block of native Idaho limestone. Sandblasted into the stone are a series of images representing elements of the neighborhood. The rock is a symbol for the solidity of community.

The last arc bounds skyward with the promise of what is yet to come. Polished stainless steel was used in this area to represent the future. Metal silhouettes of images drawn by neighborhood elementary students are welded to this section, acknowledging the importance of the next generation's imagination.

Funded by a Boise City Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant Administered by Boise City Arts Commission on behalf of the Collister Neighborhood Association.

Dedicated June 7, 2004 by Boise Mayor David Bieter, Marcellus Brown of the Boise City Arts Commission, Fonny Davidson of the Collister Neighborhood Association and artist Mark Stasz


Park restrooms are available at this park. Restrooms are now open. Park drinking fountains are now operational.

For a list of restrooms and portable restrooms that are available year around in parks and the reserves, click here.


Number of Tennis courts: 2

Tennis courts may be reserved by contacting:
Boise Parks and Recreation
(208) 608-7680

One court must be open for public use at all times.

View our Rules and Regulations for Tennis Court Use


Number of Volleyball courts: 1

One sand volleyball court is available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park SignSmoking 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.

Master Plan

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.