Catalpa Park



Catalpa Park is treasured by Northwest Boise neighbors for its walking path, public art and mature trees. The park is adjacent to Collister Elementary School, which was built in 1912 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The park site was formed with the 1996 purchase of three residential properties totaling 6.5 acres. The properties were managed as rental units until development funding was allocated in 2000. At that time, neighbors were asked for input on three concept designs. The outcome was a park plan featuring a perimeter walking path, playground, restroom, shelter, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, basketball court and an informal skate board area. The Catalpa Neighborhood Park was dedicated on August 13, 2002. 

The shelter is available at a first-come, first-serve basis.


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.

Interested in adopting a park? Visit here to apply and learn more about our Adopt-A-Park program.


Number of Basketball courts: 1


Number of Horseshoes courts: 2

Two horseshoe pits are available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

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.

Places to Walk

Download a map of the walking paths and distances in this park.

The walking map sign located in the park was created through a partnership with SelectHealth and Let's Move Boise.


Swingsets: yes
Age group: 2-12

The playground surface is wood chips.BPR All General 10 30 2012 CATALPA PLAYGROUND UP CLOSE FOR WEB

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).


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.


Number of Tennis courts: 2

Tennis 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 and Regulations for Tennis Court Use


Number of Volleyball courts: 1

One sand volleyball court is available at a first-come, first-serve basis.

Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park SignSmoking and vaping are 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.


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.