Esther Simplot Park

614 N Whitewater Park Blvd

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PONDS ARE CLOSED: Esther Simplot Ponds are currently closed due to elevated E. coli levels

Esther Simplot Park, an expansive 55-acre site encompassing approximately 23 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. The paths in the park total approximately one mile in length. 

Alcohol is permitted only with a paid park reservation and beer/wine permit.

Dogs are not allowed at Esther Simplot Park except for off-leash use from November 1 - March 31, Sunrise to Sunset, with the exception of the Greenbelt, parking lots and roadways, and playground. 

Click here to read frequently asked questions about E. coli and testing at the ponds.

temporary parking lot has opened at CWI parking lot (the former Bob Rice Ford location) on Main Street for park users after the on-site parking is full. 

Funding for development of the park is provided by the J.R. Simplot Foundation. 

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

Esther Simplot Park is adjacent to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park, a popular in-river recreation site enjoyed by kayakers and surfers.


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.



Esther 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.

Dog Off-Leash Area

All areas of Esther Simplot Park are available for off-leash use from November 1 - February 28, Sunrise to Sunset, with the exception of the Greenbelt, parking lots and roadways, and playground. 


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.    


Greenbelt Parking

The map showcases points of interest, pedestrian bridges, parking locations and other valuable resources for users of the 25-mile pathway. 

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Open Play Areas

Open play areas are cut grass spaces that provide opportunities for healthy recreational activities for people of all ages.

Operating Hours

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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.


Swingsets: no
Age group: 2-12

PlaygroundThe playground surface is comprised of rubber tiles made from recycled materials.


Esther Simplot Park has a central paviliion, west pavilion, pier and Friendship Island that may be reserved for events.

These sites will be available to be reserved at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2017 for the 2017 season.


Restrooms at this park are open year around.

Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park Sign

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.


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.