Director's Message


We are the Department of Parks and Recreation, stewards to over 1600 acres of parkland at 90 locations, offering extensive recreational, social and cultural programs throughout virtually every Boise City neighborhood from the West Bench to the Foothills, and everywhere between. 

We are proud to be one of the City’s most comprehensive social service providers, offering an array of diverse, interesting and comprehensive recreational programs to serve youth, adults, seniors and those with disabilities.

We maintain and operate dozens of athletic fields, two NHL regulation-sized year-round ice rinks, 77 playgrounds, 86 tennis courts, 7 recreation centers, 6 outdoor swimming pools (and own the Boise City/West Boise Family YMCA Aquatic Center), Dick Eardley Senior Center, 3 skate parks (including the world-class Rhodes), 2 golf courses, 4 dog parks, 6 summer youth camps, 2 Mobile Recreation vans, and coordinate the management of the temporary Pioneer Family Day Shelter. 

We take pride in supporting the City’s urban wilderness and open spaces by maintaining and caring for the park urban tree canopy (45,000+ trees), and 200 miles of hiking, running, biking and horseback riding Foothills trails that contribute to Boise’s vast natural resources.

We oversee the Ribbon of Jewels along the Boise River, including Marianne Williams, Kristin Armstrong Municipal, Julia Davis, Ann Morrison, Kathryn Albertson, and Esther Simplot parks. 

We own and operate 25 miles of Greenbelt inside the Boise City limits as well as Zoo Boise, which together, attract more than a million residents and visitors from around the world.

We are focused on enhancing the safety and enjoyment of park patrons while building healthy communities; increasing recreational programming; supporting greater park access and equity; supporting the implementation of the multitude of plans, including the River Recreation Management Plan, Foothills and Open Space Management Plan, Foothills Reserve Management Plan, and the Foothills Trail Management Plan; implementing increased sustainability practices and projects; maximizing private-public partnerships and providing exceptional WOW customer service.

We are public parks and recreation in Boise, one of the greatest cities in the United States, and as Director, I am proud and honored to support these goals and to work with our 152 +/- full time, 600 +/- part-time/seasonal employees, and thousands of volunteers and park partners working to make Boise one of the most livable cities in the country.  

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact me, Doug Holloway at