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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.