Esther Simplot Park Site (Undeveloped)

625 N Whitewater Park Blvd

Attention Increased Truck Traffic in the Area:Esther Simplot Park Rendering

During August through September motorists along State Street and Gary Lane may notice increased traffic from trucks carrying soil and construction and demolition material from the construction site of the future Esther Simplot Park to the Ada County Landfill.  

Starting Wednesday, August 12, trucks will begin hauling material down State Street north of Glenwood Street onto Gary Lane to the Ada County Landfill (see attached map). The hauling will begin at 5:45 a.m. each day Monday thru Saturday. The trucks will be staggered several minutes apart to help avoid congesting traffic.  

During excavation of future ponds at Esther Simplot Park contractors found old construction and demolition material and soils contaminated with low levels of petroleum which are not suitable to be reused on a park site. Onsite testing determined the material wasn’t hazardous. 

The hauling operation is expected to be completed in approximately six weeks.

Construction began Feb. 23, 2015, on Esther Simplot Park, an expansive 55-acre site encompassing 17 acres of ponds suitable for fishing, wading and swimming. 

Park features include trails, docks, wetlands, boardwalks, shelters, grassy open areas, a playground, bridges and restrooms. A meandering stream will connect the park’s two ponds with Quinn’s Pond.

Funding for development of the park is provided by the Simplot family foundation. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2016.

The park is the most recent addition to the "Ribbon of Jewels," a string of riverside parks named for prominent local women. 

The park is the latest example of how thoughtful planning can increase a park's benefit. Helping a community reduce flood risk to property and protect river water from pollution.  Learn more about the benefits by reading Kathy Peter's article, Parks in the floodplain-protecting our community and our River.    

Esther Simplot Park is adjacent to the Boise River Park, a popular in-river recreation site enjoyed by kayakers and surfers.

Because of safety concerns created by the presence of heavy equipment, the Boise River Greenbelt will be closed from Veterans Memorial Park to the 36th Street pedestrian bridge. Signs with maps will direct pedestrians on a detour across the river to the Garden City Greenbelt.

A temporary parking lot with access to Quinn's Pond has opened at the former Bob Rice Ford property on Main Street.

For information about the project, please contact Wendy Larimore, Parks Project Manager, or (208) 608-7636.


A $1 million gift from J.R. & Esther Simplot in January 2003 allowed the Boise Parks & Recreation Department to complete the purchase of riverfront property for the future Esther Simplot Park.

The City of Boise already owned 39 acres, a portion of which was donated by the Quinn-McEntee family. But thanks to the donation from the Simplots, the city was able to purchase the remaining 16.5 acres at the former site of the Consolidated Concrete Co.


esthersimplotbio.jpgEsther Simplot has become synonymous with the performing arts in Boise since moving here in 1972 as the wife of industrialist J. R. Simplot.

Her untiring devotion and commitment have included co-founding the Boise Opera Company and construction in 1992 of the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy and the Academy Annex in 1996.

Esther formed an early appreciation of the arts in her home state of Wisconsin and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Indiana with a degree in music. She subsequently moved to New York City, where she performed with the Riverside Church Choir, the Canterbury Choral, and the Master Choral, and sang at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Worlds Fair.

Until his death in 2008, Esther and J.R. Simplot sponsored numerous artistic efforts. Their commitment to the arts have enriched the lives of performers and audiences alike throughout the Treasure Valley.


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.