The Interior Department has announced it’s temporarily waiving entrance fees for recreation areas, national monuments and national parks. Secretary David Bernhardt said he wanted to make it easier for people to recreate on public lands.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

A federal fund that helps protect public recreation spaces in Idaho may not get renewed by Congress.

Summertime Is Prime Park Time In Boise

May 29, 2018
Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The City of Trees has that nickname for a reason. Boise is home to the 29th most parks per capita of any city in the United States, according to the Trust For Public Land. The trust says that out of more than 4,100 acres of parks in the capital city, Julia Davis Park is the most visited in Boise.

Mike Paananen / Ada County Parks and Waterways

It was a photo contest by the people and for the people of Ada County. The goal was to highlight the parks and waterways managed by Ada County, and to encourage people to get out and enjoy that landscape.

"We were blown away" by what people sent in, says Scott Koberg, Director of Ada County Parks and Waterways.

Torch Magazine / Flickr

After two years of planning, a snow park will open Saturday for tubing and snowboarding in Eagle.

The City of Eagle and the park’s developer, Ryan Neptune, had been trying to get the park underway for two years. But they clashed with Ada County, which owned the land and said a commercial operation wasn’t allowed under the lease agreement.

The city finally bought the property from the county earlier this year, and gave the green light to the operation.

Boise Asks Voters To Approve New Debt For Parks

Nov 4, 2013
Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise residents will vote Tuesday on two bond proposals that total $51 million with financing fees. That translates to about $32 million in actual spending money.

The city would use some of the funds to buy more open space, likely in the foothills for instance. Money would also be used to build three new city parks and upgrade three others. 

Northwest Trek

Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now.

Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least 12 more in British Columbia and Alaska. The revenue potential has some municipal parks departments looking to add spendy zip line attractions in public parks.

Boise Opens Long-Awaited River Park

Jun 27, 2012

The City of Boise Thursday officially opens its whitewater river park. Building it has been a long process.

Boise’s Park superintendent Tom Governale remembers when he first heard the idea of a whitewater park in Boise. It was 14 years ago.