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Open House for Ann Morrison Park is Wednesday

Posted: 6:10 PM, Sep 25, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-25 20:19:18-04

The city's largest park is due for a makeover, and city leaders want your input.

Ann Morrison Park was gifted to the city of Boise in 1959. 

It's not uncommon for the Borzea family to head to one of their favorite parks on a bright, sunny day.

"Sometimes when we want to go outside and play as a family, we just come out here, especially, ride our bikes," said Garrett Borzea, 13, of Boise.

Borzea and his siblings are drawn to the iconic fountain. He says being able to play in the water would be ideal.

Back in July, comments from the public came pouring in during an open house. Based on that feedback, three concepts have been created.

Option A is focused on renovating the fountain and installing an amphitheater, while Option B calls for making the current pond larger, adding an off-leash area for dogs, a beach and nature trail. The last option again makes room for the founatin to be updated and includes the construction of a festival stage and watercraft launch point.

The project, in its early stages, will likely span over several years once a final plan is agreed upon.

"Julia Davis has gone through a number of upgrades in the last ten years. We just received Marianne Williams Park in the last few years, Esther Simplot is about to be done," said Tom Governale, Boise superintendent of parks. "So, the timing is good to also start some upgrades and updates to Ann Morrison Park."

Borzea would like to see basketball courts at the park, while his parents would like better access to the river.

Either way, there's plenty of space to work with.

"We kind of go all over but this one is fun especially because they is so much open area, we can do fun stuff like play football or something like that," Borzea said.

Input will be taken in person on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Old Timer's Shelter at Ann Morrison Park.

If you can't make it, the digital version of the survey can be found on the city of Boise's website or you can submit ideas by sending an e-mail to tgovernale@cityofboise.org  or by calling (208) 608-7624.

A final draft is expected to be ready for everyone's review sometime in Nov.