Ann Morrison Park

1000 N AMERICANA BLVD

annmorrison.jpgAnn Morrison Park is one of the "Ribbon of Jewels," 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.

These amenities provide many leisure opportunities for residents and visitors.

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.

In summer 2014, construction will begin on six tennis courts in the park. Two existing courts will be rebuilt and four smaller “10 and Under” youth courts will be added. Donations to the youth courts include $5,000 from the Idaho Tennis Association and the Idaho Tennis Foundation. 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.  

brochure is available to lead you on a self-guided tree walk through the park. 

Smoking is prohibited except in a designated area in the southwest corner of the park near the duck pond. 

Ann Morrison 
"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.

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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 was 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.


Colin Mansfield created Boise Parks for his Eagle Scout project, with the express intent of providing information so that you can more completely appreciate our parks, and their amazing history.

Birding

This location provides opportunities to see birds and other wildlife. 

idaho birding trailThe 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 opportu-nities 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/

Bocce

Available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bocce Court Rules

Cricket

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

Deer Sculpture

Morrison Foundation honors 50-year celebration of Ann Morrison Park with Deer Sculpture

annmorrisondeer.jpgA 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 forms.

Boise landscape designer Gerhard Borbonus created a base of sandstone boulders landscaped with native grasses, bushes and annual flowers.

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.

Disc Golf

Located in Ann Morrison Park, the disc golf course features 19 holes of challenging play in the summer. The course is moved for the winter, beginning of November through the end of March, and reduced to 18 holes.

History - The original 9 hole course was purchased and installed in 1997 through the generous fundraising efforts of the Gem State Disc Golf Club.

Public use of the course exceeded both the department and club's expectations and several modifications were completed by the club during the first year of operation to limit turf wear. The Gem State Disc Golf members have been very active throughout the course's existence in both maintenance and improvements.

In 2002 the Gem State Disc Golfers conducted another fundraising campaign and installed the second 9 holes.

Dog Off-Leash Area

Essentially, all areas east of the fountain are available for off leash use from November 1 - February 28, Sunrise to Sunset, in Ann Morrison Park.  Areas from the fountain to the west are restricted to prevent user conflicts with the Winter Disc Golf Course.  Signs with maps identifying the approved area are installed by November 1 each year and taken down upon completion of the allocated off-leash time (February 28).

Dogs and the owners should be sure to follow the City's leash and pick-up ordinance going to and coming from the designated off-leash area, and follow the Dog Off-Leash Rules and Regulations while visiting the park.

Greenbelt Parking

A colorful map updated in May 2013 showcases new additions to the pathway, points of interest, pedestrian bridges, parking locations and other valuable resources for users of the 25-mile pathway. 

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Horseshoes

Number of Horseshoes courts: 3

There are 3 horseshoe pits available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

Outdoor Gym

outdoorgymThe 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.

Playground

Swingsets: yes
Age group: 2-12

The playground surface is wood chips.

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Reservations

Ann Morrison Park has a shelter may be reserved for events, picnics and ceremonies.  Online reservations are NOT available for Ann Morrison Park.

Restrooms

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.

Soccer

Number of Soccer fields: 8
Turf Type: Grass

Ann Morrison is home to soccer fields for youth and adults.  Map of the fields . Keep in mind that field locations may possibly change on a yearly basis.

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

Softball

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.AMP Ball Field.jpg

Tennis

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 & Regulations for Tennis Court Use

Volleyball

Number of Volleyball courts: 1

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

Walk 150

walk150webteaser.jpgMaps created for the city's Walk 150 project provide distances for walking paths in 17 parks throughout the city. Check out the mileage for Places to Walk in this park at: http://www.walk150.org/places-to-walk/

 

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.

Towing

Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.

Master Plan

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.