601 W JEFFERSON ST
Capitol Park is a 2-acre mini park in downtown Boise across Jefferson Street from the entrance to the State Capitol. The park features brick walkways, mature shade trees, planting beds with colorful flowers, picnic tables and park benches.
In 2007, the Golden Garden Club of Boise launched "Let Freedom Ring," a $63,500 beautification project to renovate the park. The goal was to transform the park into a central meeting place for people who work and live downtown and visitors to the State Capitol. The project also included a central plaza to honor the men and women who serve our country in the military or public service.
The Golden Garden Club raised $19,800, which included a grant from the National Garden Clubs/Principal Financial Group. The City of Boise supported the project with a $21,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant awarded to the Downtown Boise Association. Sales of bricks, sandstone blocks, plants and brick pathways generated additional funding.
The engraved bricks were used to widen the existing asphalt walkway and enlarge the central point into a 20-foot diameter plaza. Sandstone blocks and four additional benches created seating on the exterior of the plaza. Two sandstone markers feature plaques honoring the men and women who serve our country. Planting beds with shrubs, annual and perennials flank entrances of the walkways.
A ceremony was held May 30, 2007 to dedicate the "Let Freedom Ring" project.
In 2008, new streetlights were installed in the park with funding provided by the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program and the Idaho Horticulture Society.
Capitol Park is a recycling site for the Downtown Recycling Program. Each recycling center collects newspapers, aluminum cans and plastic beverage bottles in separate receptacles.
There are several picnic tables scattered throughout the park. The
perfect spot for an outdoor, downtown lunch break.
Smoking 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.
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.