Esther Simplot Park opens in Boise, half of it is water and even joins with Veterans Memorial Park

Now Boise has 350 acres along the greenbelt
Posted at 6:47 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 20:50:06-04

"A car, a boat, and a van" are at the bottom of one of the ponds at Esther Simplot Park, said Boise Mayor David Bieter.  "Boise would not be the city that we are without our parks department and our parks and recreational activities," he said.

The spirit of the park, said Scott Simplot, a philanthropist and son of Esther Simplot who also attended the opening ceremonies, will really be discovered by the children who make it their own. "We really want a community where kids can venture," he said.

"I don't think there's any other city," said Esther Simplot, "that has this type of Park for the enjoyment of their people. I absolutely do not." She also asked the audience to take a moment to remember her husband, J.R. Simplot, during the ceremony.

The park is almost half-covered by ponds that host many water sports and recreation. It also features picnic shelters, grassy open areas, a playground, and restrooms.