Alta Harris Park Site (Undeveloped)
20 acres of land along the Boise River will be the future site
of the Alta Harris Community Park. Alta Harris Community Park is
the seventh riverside park in the "Ribbon of Jewels" named for
prominent local women.
Anticipated to be built within five years, the new park will
offer family-friendly recreational activities and enhanced
community access to an area that showcases the beauty of the
Located off Eckert Road north of Barber Park, the park will
feature baseball and soccer fields, volleyball courts, restrooms,
picnic shelters and trail connections to the Greenbelt and the
Ridge to Rivers system. The park will also connect with the Dallas
Harris Legacy Walkway, which is currently under construction. The
new pathway will offer additional walking access along the river
through an area that will be enjoyed by nature lovers for
Alta Harris Bio
As a 21-year old woman, Alta Harris traveled in 1939
with her adventurous husband Dallas Harris from Smithville,
Oklahoma to Idaho. She embraced the rolling hills and wildflowers
that would color her landscape for the next seven decades.
Dallas and Alta marveled at Idaho's trees and land. Their vision
to develop this richness began with a sawmill in the Thorn Creek
area near Idaho City. Alta always looked out her kitchen windows to
see sunflowers, cattle and the stretch of Idaho plain.
In 1950, they moved the sawmill to the Boise area, calling it
Harris Brothers Lumber Company--eventually becoming Producers
Lumber Company--and then they began acquiring land in East Boise
along the Boise River.
There they established a ranch raising Hereford cattle which
still operates today. The real estate development, Harris Ranch
takes its name from this family enterprise. Dallas and Alta were
true partners in business and life.
Alta has invested energy in civic and religious activities, as
well as promoting Christian education.
Alta and Dallas Harris have four children: Felicia Burkhalter,
Gary Harris, Millie Davis and Randy Harris.
Sadly, Alta Harris passed away on July 19, 2012. Read her
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.