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Albertson Park is a 41-acre special use park located near downtown
Boise. A haven for wildlife and quiet contemplation, the park
features wide, paved footpaths and reservable outdoor gazebos in a
beautiful natural setting.
map illustrates the location of walking paths, gazebos,
restrooms and other amenities.
Colorful, informative signs inlaid
in large rocks describe wildlife and environmental themes
throughout the park. Highlights also include ponds, a fountain, a
variety of mature trees and native vegetation, and glimpses of
wildlife, including nesting waterfowl, herons, song birds, and
The park is named for Kathryn
McCurry Albertson, a Boise native who met her future husband, Joe
Albertson, at the College of Idaho. Joe Albertson was the founder
of Albertsons Inc.
To learn more about the design and
special features of Kathryn Albertson Park, see our two-sided 8 1/2 x 11 brochure.
Colin Mansfield created Boise Parks for his Eagle Scout project, with
the express intent of providing information so that you can more
completely appreciate our parks, and their amazing
Due to waterfowl and wildlife
nesting, dogs are prohibited in Kathryn Albertson Park from March 1
- June 30. Outside of this time, dogs are required to be kept on
Vegetation in the park was chosen for its diversity in plant
size, growth, and type. The plants offer food from the ground level
to tree tops as well as nesting cover and protection.
Shallow ponds warm quickly in spring and stimulate the growth of
aquatic insects and plants, which in turn become food for many
kinds of wildlife. Islands in the ponds offer loafing and roosting
spots for ducks and shelter nesting birds from predators.
Sodded lawn, one-third of the total park area, creates an open
space and tempts the palates of species such as Canadian geese,
pigeons, and rabbits.
A bit of history can be found while walking around the park.
The Rookery, a gazebo named after a place where birds breed or
congregate, sports the red tile roof that formerly topped
Albertson's first supermarket, which opened in Boise in 1939.
Supporting the roof are broad beams from an airport hangar
previously located where Boise State University now stands, and
once visited by Charles Lindbergh.
Designed as an outdoor classroom, The Rookery's displays depict
wetland habitat, endangered species, bird adaptations, and riparian
management. Although most of the rock used in this park is Boise
sandstone, inlaid in the floor of The Rookery are small, reddish
granite stones imported from Germany. Adjacent to The Rookery is a
cross-section of the world's largest ponderosa pine tree, estimated
to be 376 years old.
The second gazebo, The Eyrie, was named after the nest of a bird
prey. The impressive stone and beam construction of The Rookery is
repeated here. You will find a rustic, lean-to roof of huge rounded
beams and specially milled split cedar poles. The roof and walls
frame a secluded alcove with stone benches that face an arrangement
of massive sandstone fountains.
The bird-related names of the gazebos are fitting, as bird
watchers will discover. The presence and songs of the birds are an
ongoing delight, and highlight any visit to the park. California
Quail, Buffleheads, Great Blue Herons, Mallards and Yellowheaded
Blackbirds are some of the more commonly sighted and heard
Kathryn McCurry, a Boise native, met her future
husband Joe Albertson, founder of Albertsons, Inc., at the College
of Idaho. It was during a chemistry class that she spilled an acid
solution on her leg, and Joe came to her rescue. They were married
on New Year's Day in 1930.
Kathryn's unassuming attitude has kept her out of the spotlight,
but not from being the light in many lives. Her inner strength and
caring garner repeated praise, as have the Albertsons' generous
donations to Albertson College of Idaho, Boise State University,
and other institutions.
Dedicated on October 17, 1989, Kathryn Albertson Park was
donated to Boise and the people of Idaho by Joe and Kathryn
Albertson -- unique and precious treasure.
The park was designed to be an attractive home for resident and
migratory wildlife in downtown Boise.
Kathryn Albertson Park houses a multitude of animal life. The
most easily spotted are the many varieties of birds. Waterfowl,
song and game birds, owls, and herons have found their own niches
in the park.
Many animals share the water with the ducks and other birds.
Salamanders, painted and boxed turtles can be seen as well as
bullfrogs which can often be heard. Raccoons, beavers, rabbits, and
voles can be found in the park. Red foxes sometimes visit, too.
Many birds and mammals are inactive during the day, so early
morning and evening are the best times to observe wildlife. Sudden
movements and excessive noise cause most animals to flee and hide,
so listen, move quietly, look closely-the most interesting things
in nature take place right under your nose.
This location provides opportunities to see birds and other
If you are interested in learning more about birding in Idaho
and the Idaho Birding Trail, see http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/ibt/
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
For updates on construction and other news about the Greenbelt,
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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.
Kathryn Albertson Park has two facilities that may be reserved for ceremonies.
Park restrooms are available at this park. Restrooms are
now open. Park drinking fountains are now operational.
For a list of restrooms and portable restrooms that are
available year around in parks and the reserves, click here.
Maps 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:
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