Where is the Park?
The Boise River Park is located between the Fairview Avenue and Veteran's Memorial Parkway Bridges on the Boise River. For directions, click here
Two temporary parking lots have been established on the Boise side of the river behind Idaho River Sports. Click here
for a map.Note:
As of October 1, 2013, the River Park parking on the Garden City side of the river will no longer be available. The parcel will be developed. There is ample parking available on the Boise side of the river.
Construction of Phase I of the long-awaited Boise River Park was dedicated June 2012. Since then, paddlers and surfers have enjoyed waves created by the main feature of the park: the Harry Morrison Dam (formerly the Thurman Mill Diversion, or 36th Street Wave). Organizers and the City of Boise are currently working to design and fundraise for features and shoreline enhancements downstream.
The park is located near downtown Boise between Main Street and Veteran's Memorial Parkway. A temporary parking and access map is here
A highlight of the $3.6 million project is two state-of-the-art Wave Shapers designed with pneumatically-operated air bladders that inflate to elevate stainless steel flashboards. City employed wave technicians adjust the flashboards to control the size and shape of the waves, while ensuring irrigation water is consistent.
At normal river flows, the Wave Shapers create an approximately 20-foot wide primary wave and a longer 25-foot secondary wave suitable for "green wave" surfing. The structure's adjustability allows alternating features at nearly every water level throughout the year. During the winter of 2013, the structure will undergo modifications to improve function and adjustability in the higher water seasons when paddling is popular.
Shoreline enhancements accommodate hundreds of spectators. A plaza area features benches named in recognition of significant gifts, some memorialize prominent paddlers. The former Thurman Mill Diversion was named the Harry Morrison Dam in recognition of a combined gift of retirees of the Morrison Knudson Company and Boise Legacy Contractors.
Future phases of the Park will dovetail with the development of the adjacent Esther Simplot Park, which the Simplot family is funding, making it possible to schedule its construction beginning in the fall of 2014.
Planning and design for upcoming phases of the Boise River Park will begin in the coming months, as the Esther Simplot Park moves forward. The City has secured a contract with a water park designer and construction company and dedicated funding to design and documentation. Preliminary designs and a construction budget are expected in the spring of 2014.
Wave riders and others can keep tabs on what is happening on the Boise River Park on Facebook
Read more about the project here