Esther Simplot Park ponds are now back open

Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 15:49:12-04

The City of Boise has reopened Esther Simplot ponds following the discovery blue-green algae there several weeks ago.

Pond No. 1 is the larger of the two ponds at Esther Simplot Park and it includes the children’s beach area. Pond No. 2 is the smaller of the two ponds and on the western side of the park.

The algae -– also known as cyanobacteria -– was discovered on September 25th. The city immediately treating both ponds, and posted signs to notify citizens of the closure.

“We’re pleased the treatment plan was successful and that the ponds are now safe and back open,” said Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway.  

As a reminder, dogs are never allowed at Quinn’s Pond or Esther Simplot Park, including ponds No. 1 and No. 2 and the previously designated dog off-leash area.