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Idaho schools are still not fully in-person. To engage students in other ways, some Boise organizations have modified their extracurricular activities, so that young people can continue learning outside the classroom.

Boise Parks and Recreation

Perhaps no other holiday is more associated with spending the day in a park than the Fourth of July. But this Independence Day is unlike any other, due to COVID-19 which has caused the cancellation of a fireworks spectacular.  That said, the Boise River Greenbelt, all city parks, city-owned golf courses, some of the Esther Simplot aquatic center and more than 200 miles of Boise Foothills trails will all be open.

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During a normal 4th of July in Boise, thousands of people flock to city parks like Ann Morrison to have a picnic, enjoy the day and watch fireworks. 


But this year has been anything but normal. 

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As spring weather in parts of Idaho begins to make an appearance, you might be daydreaming about warm gatherings with friends and family on a green patch of grass in a local park. In Boise, Parks and Recreation officials are already planning for the busy spring and summer months by taking a new strategy to maintain those green spaces.  

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise Greenbelt turns 50 this year. The iconic pathway that hugs the Boise River is used by walkers, runners, cyclists, scooter users and more. But with different construction happening on the 25-mile path and new development with riverside businesses in places like Garden City, one Boise woman found it’s not always easy to know the best way to from point A to point B. So, she worked with developers to create a new app that navigates and celebrates the Greenbelt.


Idaho Statesman

As summer temperatures rise, the hot days can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for those experiencing homelessness.



Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman

This weekend, for the third year in a row, the world’s best skateboarders and BMX bikers will compete at Boise’s Rhodes Skatepark for the X Games Qualifiers. The winners of the “Road to X Games” event this weekend will move on to the Minneapolis X Games next month.



The Boise Parks and Recreation department has implemented new measures to keep the ponds in city parks clean and free of e. coli, bacteria and algae blooms. Parks & Rec director Doug Holloway and Environmental Division Senior Manager Haley Falconer join Idaho Matters to talk about keeping the city's ponds clean, safe and swimmable.

On The Thursday, June 13, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jun 12, 2019

  • Keeping Boise parks' ponds clean.
  • A Nampa doctor uses social media to connect with patients.
  • A domestic violence survivor shares her story to raise awareness.
  • Opera Idaho brings Matthew Shepard's story to Boise.

Boise is working to boost water quality in some local swimming ponds to help keep them open this summer.

On The Tuesday, May 2, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 1, 2019

  • Urban and suburban planning for an aging population.
  • A river conservationist swims the Boise from the Sawtooth to the Snake.
  • An Idaho historian chronicles the exploits of Peg Leg Annie.
  • Tanzanian conservation activist to discuss saving the Serengeti.

Chadd Cripe / Idaho Statesman

A Boise city park and a foothills reserve may be getting new names.

Boise Parks and Recreation

Kathryn Albertson Park will turn 30 in 2019 and the space has been reconditioned and upgraded. We'll visit the park named for the wife of Idaho's supermarket magnate.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

This is the second year in a row the X Games qualifier is in Boise, two years after Rhodes Park reopened. More than 50 athletes are competing in skateboard, BMX and motorcycle racing events.

Dana Oland / Idaho Statesman

The fire was reported at the Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park around 8:15 p.m. Monday. The red, Spanish revival roof was damaged in the fire, but the extent of the damage isn’t clear yet. Tuesday, fire investigators determined the cause was man-made but aren’t sure whether the fire was set on purpose. Boise police are now handling the investigation.

Anna Webb / Idaho Statesman

A monument commemorating the settlement of Boise by Europeans was set to be the focal point of a new small park along the Greenbelt. After taking a closer look at the inscription, the plan has been nixed and the monument retired.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Officials in Idaho's capitol city say they're happy with a program offering homeless residents employment with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department.

The program is a partnership between the city and Interfaith Sanctuary, a homeless shelter, modeled after a similar initiative in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Idaho Statesman reported recently.

After a tumultuous summer of E. coli outbreaks, ponds in Boise are again dealing with tainted water. This time, algae found in pond water could be toxic.

Quinn's Pond Water Recreation Kayak Outdoor Lifestyle Greenbelt
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

After being closed for the better part of summer, Boise officials are finally reopening Esther Simplot Pond. The move comes after E. coli levels in the pond went down and stayed consistently low.

Foothills Quinn's Pond Apartments
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

E. coli contamination continues plaguing Boise’s Esther Simplot Pond and preventing swimmers from beating the heat by taking a dip. After a summer of searching for the cause of the bacteria, officials may have finally found the source.