3451 E Barber Valley Dr
Marianne Williams Park is a
72-acre site located on the Boise River in East Boise's
Barber Valley. The riverside park features grassy open areas, paved
walkways, an extension of the Boise River Greenbelt, ponds, and an
expansive view of the Boise Foothills.
The site was donated to the City of
Boise in November 2005 by Larry Williams in honor of his wife,
Once the home of Barber Mill, a
large-scale lumber operation, the park has been cleared of invasive
trees and bushes and replanted with hundreds of trees and riparian
Manicured grassy areas provide a
scenic play space for children. The park also features two large
ponds, paved walking paths, a gazebo, picnic shelter, restroom
Streams, ponds, wetlands, and forested
riparian areas benefit wildlife, improve fisheries, and
provide viewing opportunities.
Now Open! Marianne Williams
Park is another treasure in the city's Ribbon of Jewels lining the
Future construction includes a bridge
over Walling Creek, a large park entry sign and parking lot
adjacent to Loggers Pond (near the East ParkCenter
Bridge). These construction projects are pending the
availability of funds.
Remnants of Boise, a virtual tour of the city in support of
Boise's Sesquicentennial (BOISE
150), features information and historic signs for the town of
Barber, dam and mill located at what is now Marianne Williams Park.
The virtual tour illustrates the last 150 years of Boise's growth
and development through the themes of Community, Environment, and
To view the Barber information, click on "Enterprise" and then
The 1.8-mile Greenbelt path system in Marianne Williams Park has
been expanded to run along the Boise River and Walling Ditch. The
12-foot-wide paved riverfront pathway was created in a
200-foot corridor to provide an outstanding recreational
experience while protecting the habitat needs of trout, heron and
wintering bald eagles.
A pathway honoring Dallas Harris provides a more contemplative
walking-only pedestrian experience in the park.
The location and extension of the paved Greenbelt path promotes
alternative transportation, encourages sensitive development within
the Barber Valley, and contributes to the community's overall
quality of life values.
Williams, an Idaho native, moved with her husband, Larry Williams,
and their young family from Midvale, Idaho to Boise in 1966.
Marianne Williams has dedicated her time and energies to her
family, and to various civic activities benefitting the communities
of the Treasure Valley. Mrs. Williams has volunteered her services
to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, has worked to enrich the
lives of senior citizens as the manager of a senior citizen
complex, and along with her husband actively supports numerous
other civic organizations, often electing to do so anonymously.
Together with her husband, Larry Williams, Mrs. Williams has
played a vital role in the support of collegiate athletics at Boise
State University, and has served on the Bronco Athletic Association
Board of Directors.
Marianne has played an integral role in the growth and success
of the various businesses that she and Larry have founded,
including Tree Top Ranches and Idaho Timber Corporation.
Larry and Marianne Williams have three children: Cris Williams,
Cory Williams and Cari Meyer.
Wetlands & Wildlife
Marianne Williams Park presents unique opportunities to protect,
reclaim and enhance the community's critical wetland and riparian
functions. These functions benefit and advance wildlife values for
many creatures, including blue heron, wintering bald eagles and
deer herds, and trout.
The City is working closely to implement the vision for the park
in conjunction with the family, Brighton Corporation and other
interested parties and organizations.
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 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.
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