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Boise's Kathryn Albertson Park To Get Facelift

Gary O. Grimm

The Albertson family and the City of Boise are getting together to give Kathryn Albertson Park a facelift.

The park has a more natural feel than many of Boise’s other parks.

“I mean it’s got turtles, it’s got minks, it’s got weasels, it’s got deer that live in the park, it’s got fox, coyote,” says Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. He says the goal is to give the park a facelift, but also keep the natural character of the park.

“It really is going to look pretty much the same, there’s no dramatic changes to the park."

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Executive Director Jamie Scott says new signage will be a big part of the facelift. Speaking on Idaho Matters, she says many of the current signs have faded over 29 years since the park was founded. And many features of the park never got a sign.

“A lot of the timber that the bridges are made out of came donated from Idaho Power from old bridges that crossed the Snake River that were along the Oregon Trail, so I think at the time that was generally known but there is no documentation of that,” says Scott.

The Foundation has donated $2.5 million for the upgrade and new signs. Holloway says construction should begin this spring and be complete by late summer.

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