Camel's Back Park

1200 W HERON ST

In 2016, Boise Parks and Recreation embarked on a project to slow the erosion on Boise’s iconic Camel’s Back chute. The project included the installation of rock retaining walls to shore up the top of the hill and stone steps coming part way down the sandy chute.  

The project has been very successful in stopping the erosion at the top and city staff members are no longer concerned with having a two-humped camel.  

However, as the Parks and Recreation team continues to monitor the chute, we have noticed excessive erosion at the bottom of the steps. In order to stop this erosion, reduce the maintenance of replacing materials on the chute, and to provide a safe experience for users, we believe it is necessary to continue the steps further down the chute.  

The Boise Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments have worked together to develop a design that will reduce erosion while meeting the needs of park users.  

It was evident through the public process on phase one of this project that maintaining the ability to use the chute for winter sledding is important to the neighborhood and the design will accommodate this. In addition, it will ensure that the chute is available for recreation for generations to come.  Public Works engineers believe that this segment of steps will eliminate further erosion on the bottom of the chute as well as reduce the potential need for additional steps to the bottom of the chute.    

Boise Parks and Recreation invites you to attend a project update meeting on Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m. in Camel’s Back Park to view the designs and talk with project managers. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation as we work to preserve this Boise landmark! 

If you are unable to attend, please submit comments to Toby Norton, Project Coordinator at tnorton@cityofboise.org or (208) 608-7635.


The Camel's Back Park site was acquired by the city of Boise in 1932 from Bernard Lemp, a relative of a former mayor.  The developed portion of the park is approximately 11 acres. 

Construction of the park was funded primarily through individual and organization donations, including the Idaho National Guard, local Rotary Club, Optimist Club, and the Boise Jaycees.  The park was dedicated in 1965. 

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Park amenities include a playground, tennis courts, picnic area, and access to the foothills.  

In 2014, the park master plan was updated with extensive feedback from neighbors. Clearly, the neighborhood cherishes Camel’s Back Park. Neighborhood priorities include the preservation of open space and enhanced safety and crossings along Heron and 13th streets.  

It is clear from feedback received that a basketball court was not a desired amenity for the park, however, an outdoor gym received positive feedback. A location near the restroom was determined to have limited impact on the existing open space and be complementary to the uses of the park. On June 5, 2015, a 1,927 square-foot Outdoor Gym donated by Bodybuilding.com became available for public use free of charge.  The gym contains 15 pieces of strength-training equipment which promotes a healthy, accessible recreational experience for our citizens in an effort to help improve wellness of our residents in neighborhoods throughout the city. 


 

Adopt-A-Park

Logo.KiwanisInternationalCamel's Back Park has kindly been adopted by Kiwanis Clubs of Division VI.  Kiwanis International is a world-wide service organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Division VI of the Utah-Idaho District of Kiwanis consists of the following clubs:  Capital City Kiwanis Club (Boise), Gem State Kiwanis Club (Boise), Meridian Kiwanis Club, Eagle Kiwanis Club, Emmett Kiwanis Club.  There are also ten high school Key Clubs sponsored by these Kiwanis Clubs which are participating in this project.  If you want further information about Kiwanis please  visit the Kiwanis International website at Kiwanis.org.

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.

Open Play Areas

Open play areas are cut grass spaces that provide opportunities for healthy recreational activities for people of all ages.

Operating Hours

Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Outdoor Gym

The Bodybuilding.com Park Gym at Camel's Back is made up of 15 pieces of durable new fitness equipment installed on a 1,927-square-foot pad. Use of the equipment, which is accessible year round, is free to the public. Are you a gym newbie? Don't worry. Each piece of equipment has posted instructions. 

Learn more about each piece of equipment and sample workouts on bodybuilding.com's website.

Playground

Swingsets: yes
Age group: 2-12

Cbplayground070418 14The playground surface is wood chips.

 

Practice Fields

Turf Type: Grass

Fields are scheduled and reserved for local soccer organizations and partners by Boise Parks and Recreation. Usually weekdays or early evenings are available for drop-in use (first-come, first-serve).

Reservations

The picnic area at Camel's Back Park may be reserved for picnics.

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Restrooms

Restrooms at this park are open year around.

Tennis

Number of Tennis courts: 4

CB TennisTennis courts may be reserved by contacting:
Boise Parks and Recreation
(208) 608-7680

One court must be open for public use at all times.

View our Rules & Regulations for Tennis Court Use

Volleyball

Number of Volleyball courts: 1

The court is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park SignSmoking 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.

Towing

Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.

Master Plan

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.