Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve

5301 N Maple Grove Rd

hyatt.jpgHyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve is a 44-acre haven for birds, animals, and people located on the edge of Boise's West Bench featuring trailheads, pathways, and overlook areas.

Boise City Council president Maryanne Jordan and officials from the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) were joined by members of the Hyatt family for a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept 18, 2012. A generous donation of the 22-acre wetland by the Hyatt family made it possible for the city to purchase another 22 acres in the late 1990s with the goal of preserving open space and providing key habitat for wildlife in West Boise. An adjacent 10-acre parcel has been purchased from the Meridian School District by the Ada County Highway District with the expectation that it will be managed by the City of Boise.

Rules intended to protect prime wildlife habitat in the reserve are:

  • To protect wildlife, please observe them from a distance.
  • Dogs and bicycles prohibited.
  • Fishing, boating, swimming and wading are prohibited.

hyatt1The rules are outlined in a management plan created in 2000 with input from hundreds of neighbors, officials and agencies.

The Reserve is a perfect venue for environmental educational opportunities.  Educational lessons and tours can be scheduled for groups large or small. Groups of 10 or more people must make a reservation. Reservations are available on first come - first served basis.  Contact the Boise WaterShed for more information. 



hyatt2In December 2008, the City of Boise's Public Works Department received a $1.3 million EPA grant to create an innovative stormwater treatment pilot project at the site. Since then, Public Works staff members have been gathering water quality data and developing a plan for treating urban stormwater runoff and re-using the treated stormwater in the existing wetland and wildlife sanctuary.

The project demonstrates appropriate methods for decentralized stormwater treatment using sand filtration technology in addition to construction of vehicle parking with porous materials that mimic natural hydrologic conditions.

For more information about the project, please contact Jim Wyllie, Boise Public Works, via email or phone at 208-384-3925. 

Birding

This location provides opportunities to see birds and other wildlife. 

idaho birding trailThe Idaho Birding Trail (IBT) is a network of sites and side-trips that provides the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho. With 175 sites and about 2,000 miles of trail separated into four distinct regions the IBT represents a collection of bird watching hotspots, diverse habitats, and a glimpse of Idaho's rich natural heritage. In recognition of the educational and recreational opportunities it offers to the public, the House of Representatives passed a resolution in 2006 declaring the IBT as the official state birding trail of Idaho.

If you are interested in learning more about birding in Idaho and the Idaho Birding Trail, see http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/ibt/

Environmental Education

Educational tours of the Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve are offered from the spring-fall.  To learn more, visit Boise WaterShed on Boise Environmental Education website.

Park Ambassador Program

Park Ambassadors serve 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.

If you are interested in applying for the Park Ambassador program, go to http://bit.ly/bprvolunteers.

Public Art

markbaltes_artHaBATaT by Boise Artist Mark Baltes is a public art sculpture and bat habitat commissioned specifically for the Hyatt Wetlands. It is a large steel sculpture inspired by a folded paper origami bat positioned in flight. Sculpture measures 10'6  across, 47" high. The sculpture is elevated 13 feet above the ground on a single steel support orienting its center of gravity for optimum stability. It extends 17' above grade at its highest point, and is 10' to the ground at its lowest hanging point. Incorporated within the sculpture is cavity containing a multi-chamber roosting structure for indigenous little brown and big brown bats. 

Restrooms

Restrooms are now closed and park drinking fountains are turned off for the winter.

For a list of restrooms and portable restrooms that are available year around in parks and the reserves, click here.

Walk 150

walk150webteaser.jpgMaps created for the city's Walk 150 project provide distances for walking paths in 17 parks throughout the city. Check out the mileage for Places to Walk in this park at: http://www.walk150.org/places-to-walk/

 

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.

Towing

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.