Esther Simplot Park ponds closed due to algae bloom discovery

Posted at 1:21 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 18:58:14-04

Earlier this week, the City of Boise temporarily closed Ponds 1 and 2 at Esther Simplot Park due to the discovery of blue-green algae. Tests show that the blue-green algae are able to produce toxins harmful to humans and their pets. 

“All recreation in the pond is prohibited until further notice. The city is actively treating both ponds and no reopening date has been determined at this time. Signs have been posted at the ponds to notify citizens of the closure,” said Boise spokeswoman Sarah Collins.

"The health and safety of our citizens is always our top priority, so the ponds will remain closed to ensure visitor safety,” stated Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. 

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department asks visitors to obey all posted signs and park rules at Esther Simplot Park and Quinn’s Pond. 

Pond 1 is the larger of the two ponds at Esther Simplot Park and it includes the children’s beach area while pond 2 is the smallest near the western side of the park. 

Boise officials are monitoring water quality at both Esther Simplot Pond and Quinn’s Pond to protect public health. City staff will continue to update the public on the situation as it develops. 

For more updates on the algae blooms and the ponds at Esther Simplot park, click here.