500 S WALNUT ST
Municipal Park is a shady 28-acre park on the banks of the Boise River. A favorite destination for family reunions and company gatherings, the park has 11 reservable picnic sites, a restroom and shelter, a large playground, and a bocce ball court.
Located on the Boise River Greenbelt, this popular park is adjacent to the Morrison Knudson Nature Center, a free open-air education center with underwater fish displays, native plants and wildlife habitat improvements. Dogs are not allowed in the park.
Municipal Park has a very interesting and colorful history. Now a popular site for picnics and reunions, Municipal was once a tourist campground and baseball stadium.
In 1910, the Boise School District (which was responsible for building and maintaining public playgrounds) purchased 25 acres at this site for a baseball stadium. Instead of building the stadium, the property became Boise Tourist Park campground in 1918. The campground had 6,000 visitors a season. The grounds featured tent sites, a communal kitchen with hotplates, a laundry with a washing machine, a playground and 2 cement slabs for washing cars.
After World War I, traffic increased to 20,000 cars a year and it became difficult to maintain the park. In 1927, the City of Boise bought the land and named it Municipal Park. The park gained a reputation as a "hobo jungle" so it was closed in 1938 and made into a general use park.
Municipal Park has kindly been adopted by the Ada County Juvenile Court Services.
The Adopt-A-Park program gives churches, civic organizations, local businesses, and other community groups the opportunity to adopt their neighborhood park. Adopting groups will commit to maintaining their park for a renewable one-year term, helping with things such as eradicating graffiti, picking up litter, filling mutt-mitt dispensers, painting site amenities, raking leaves, and mulching trees and planting beds. In exchange, the Department recognizes the group as the adopting agency via our website and signage at the park.
Visit here to learn more about our Adopt-A-Park program.
This location provides opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.
The 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/
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 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.
Age group: 2-12
The playground surface is
Municipal Park has 11 reservable sites that may be
reserved for picnics,
family reunions, company parties, etc.
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.
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.
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.