Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park



Upcoming Construction Impacting Bernardinq Quinn Riverside Park:  

Construction will begin Monday, Feb. 23, on the new 55-acre Esther Simplot Park. 

Esther Simplot Park, 625 N. Whitewater Park Blvd., will encompass more than 17 acres of ponds suitable for fishing, wading and swimming. A meandering stream will connect the park’s ponds with Quinn’s Pond.

The park also includes trails, wetlands, boardwalks, docks, shelters, grassy open areas, a playground, and wildlife habitat. To learn more about the project, please see the concept plan.

Park development is being privately funded by the Simplot family foundation.

Esther Simplot Park is the newest addition to the “Ribbon of Jewels,” the string of riverside parks named for prominent women in our community.

boise river park access

The park is expected to be completed in spring 2016. Boise-based McMillen LLC is the contractor.

During construction, two sections of the Boise River Greenbelt will be closed: from Veterans Memorial Park to the 36th Street pedestrian bridge and from Whitewater Park Boulevard to the Boise River Park.

Pedestrians can access the Garden City Greenbelt on the south side of the river at Veterans Memorial Parkway, Main Street or the 36thStreet pedestrian bridge.

A temporary parking lot has opened at the former Bob Rice Ford location on Main Street providing access for boaters to Quinn’s Pond and the Boise River Park.

For a suggested detour and temporary parking lot location, please see the map.

For  project information, please contact Wendy Larimore, or call (208) 608-7636.

Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park is an undeveloped park located north of the Boise River between Fairview Avenue and Veterans Parkway, and is dominated by a 22-acre pond. It is one of the riverside parks in the "Ribbon of Jewels" named for prominent local women. Adjacent to the Greenbelt, the park will include fishing docks, a small beach area for canoe landings, and picnic area with a shelter.

A waterway is planned to connect the Bernadine Quinn's pond and the two ponds at the Simplot site. This waterway will improve water quality and wildlife habitat, as well as provide flat water recreation opportunities, such as canoeing, kayaking, etc.

Previously the site of the gravel operation for the Quinn Robbins construction company. Land for the park was donated to the City of Boise in 1997.

Bernardine Quinn

bernardinequinnbio.jpgBernardine Quinn, a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin, moved to Boise in 1910 after her father established a cleaning supply firm in the City of Trees. A graduate of St. Teresa's Academy, Bernardine later served as secretary of the Boise Chamber of Commerce.

In 1924, Bernardine married Maurice Harold Quinn, founder of the Quinn Robbins heavy construction company. A longtime member of the Catholic Women's League, Bernardine was active in the church throughout her life. She was also involved in civic organizations, including the Silver Sage Council of the Girl Scouts and St. Alphonsus Hospital.




Amenities & Details


Wondering about where to fish in Boise ponds? The Idaho Department of Fish & Game stocks several ponds in city parks maintained by the Boise Parks & Recreation. For the stocking schedule, see Idaho Fish & Game Stocking Information.

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.