Ann Morrison Park

1000 N AMERICANA BLVD

annmorrison.jpgAnn Morrison Park to change to two-way traffic 

Ann Morrison Park will be changing from one-way traffic to two-way traffic between Royal Boulevard and Americana Boulevard. 

The reasoning behind this change is to facilitate traffic flow through the park. 

This change will occur by the end of business day on April 20th, 2016.

 Please use caution when driving through the park.  The posted speed limit is 15 mph. 


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.

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 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.


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.

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 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/

Bocce

Available by reservation or on 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

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. A link to the updated course map is provided below.

Greenbelt Parking

A colorful map updated in June 2015 showcases new additions to the pathway, points of interest, pedestrian bridges, parking locations and other valuable resources for users of the 25-mile pathway. 

For updates on construction and other news about the Greenbelt, sign up for our free e-newsletter. /about-us/greenbelt-news/

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.

Park Ambassadors

Park Ambassador SignPark 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.

Playground

Swingsets: yes
Age group: 2-12

Ann Morrison PlaygroundThe playground surface is wood chips.

Reservations

AM 20140723 4 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, 2016 for the 2016 season.

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: 6

AnntenniscourtsTennis 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

There are two adult sized courts and four smaller “10 and Under” youth courts.

Volleyball

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.

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.