Esther Simplot Park, an expansive 55-acre site encompassing approximately 23 acres of ponds suitable for fishing, wading and swimming.
Park features include trails, docks, wetlands, boardwalks, shelters, grassy open areas, a playground, bridges and restrooms. The paths in the park total approximately one mile in length.
Pets not permitted except service animals at Esther Simplot Park year around.
Click here to read frequently asked questions about E. coli and testing at the ponds.
A temporary parking lot has opened at CWI parking lot (the former Bob Rice Ford location) on Main Street for park users after the on-site parking is full.
Funding for development of the park is provided by the J.R. Simplot Foundation.
The park is the most recent addition to the “Ribbon of Jewels,” a string of riverside parks named for prominent local women.
Esther Simplot Park is adjacent to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park, a popular in-river recreation site enjoyed by kayakers and surfers.
A $1 million gift from J.R. & Esther Simplot in January 2003 allowed the Boise Parks and Recreation Department to complete the purchase of riverfront property for the future Esther Simplot Park.
The city of Boise already owned 39 acres, a portion of which was donated by the Quinn-McEntee family. But thanks to the donation from the Simplots, the city was able to purchase the remaining 16.5 acres at the former site of the Consolidated Concrete Co.