Boise River Park


boiseriverpark2.jpgUpcoming Construction Impacting Boise River Park:  

Construction will begin Monday, Feb. 23, on the new 55-acre Esther Simplot Park in the west end near downtown.

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.

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

boise river park accessDuring 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.

Boaters and spectators have discovered the fun of surfing on the waves at the Boise River Park located off Pleasanton Street between Main Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Two state-of-the-art waveshapers are the highlights of the $3.6 million project, which opened in 2012. Pneumatically-operated air bladders inflate to elevate stainless steel flashboards. Raising and lowering the flashboards controls upstream water levels.

At normal river flows, the adjustable waveshapers create an approximately 20-foot wide primary wave and a longer 25-foot secondary wave suitable for "green wave" surfing. To view real-time flows, see the webcam link on the right side of this page.

The waveshaper technology was developed by Denver-based McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group. See what the waveshaper looks like underwater.

Jetties on both sides of the river provide eddy service to both waves and slow water for boaters to enter and exit the river.

The Boise River Park opened on June 28, 2012. The park was funded by the City of Boise, the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation and private donations generated by the volunteer organization Friends of the Park. The $3.6 million park features state-of-the-art waveshapers designed by Denver-based McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group. Pneumatically-operated air bladders manufactured by Obermeyer Hydro Inc. of Fort Collins, Colo., inflate to elevate stainless steel flashboards.

Boisepublicmeetingboard 20140221 3


 Click for Larger Image

Amenities & Details

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. 


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



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.