New amenities at Golda Harris Nature Preserve open to the public

Posted at 1:25 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 10:33:04-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise residents and visitors have another place to experience nature at the newly completed Golda Harris Nature Preserve. City of Boise leaders and project partners gathered off E. Warm Springs Avenue today, October 28, 2020, to dedicate the riverside nature preserve and unveil new amenities.

Land for the three-acre preserve was donated by the Harris family and deeded to the city in 2016. Construction began in the summer of 2020 to add a bridge into the preserve, replace a section of Greenbelt in the area, and establish a new interior concrete path that leads to an overlook.

Natural pathways allow for additional exploration and seating is available throughout the preserve.

“What an incredible place to take in the beauty of Boise,” said Mayor McLean. “Visiting this spot nestled next to the river is a reminder of how lucky we are to live in a place with such easy access to the outdoors – and a reminder of our continued commitment to creating spaces for people of all backgrounds and abilities to connect with nature.”

New interpretive signage has also been added that highlights the history of the land and wildlife found in southeast Boise and along the Boise River corridor. One of Thelma’s original artworks is also incorporated into the signage.

“We are excited for people to experience the improvements to this area while enjoying its natural beauty,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “Now, more than ever, people need places to escape the stresses of everyday life and find peace in the outdoors. This is truly a gem in our Ribbon of Jewels.”

The preserve is located north of the East Parkcenter Bridge and just south of Warm Springs Avenue. It is open sunrise to sunset daily. Due to the sensitivity of the surrounding plants and wildlife, dogs are not allowed in the preserve.

Click here to view the master plan for the site.