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Boise is On a Mission to Provide Physically Accessible Parks and Other Amenities to Everyone

The City of Boise has undertaken the large responsibility of assuring all of its citizens have equal access to its outdoor attractions. In recent years, this has meant building trails, playgrounds, sports courts, and more that are ADA compliant and truly enjoyable to experience.

To help their mission, we’ve compiled a list of programs, trails, and parks that were adapted for everyone to enjoy. Please contact us if you find we are missing something, and feel free to contact the City of Boise with any questions or suggestions to make our city more accessible.

Boise Parks and Recreation Programs

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore, recreate, and play.

They have several types of programming, starting with their AdVenture Program (short for Adaptive Adventures), which offers recreational activities, wilderness excursions, fitness programs, and sports and social activities specifically designed for individuals with disabilities along with their families and friends.

Classes, camps, and activities vary by season but include offerings like adaptive cycling along the Greenbelt, adaptive rugby, adaptive basketball, and Wilderness Within Reach Fly-In Trips, where individuals with physical disabilities and one companion are flown in small aircraft into the Frank Church.

Wilderness to spend two nights at a remote ranch. If individuals with disabilities would like to participate in a non-adaptive program, they can utilize inclusion services in which modifications may be provided so they can fully participate.

Learn more about the City of Boises adaptive recreation programs here:

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Adaptive Ridge to Rivers Trails

Ridge to Rivers is an interconnected network of over 190 miles of roads and trails through the Boise Foothills.

As part of the City of Boise’s commitment to making sure people of all abilities have access to these trails, various types and experiences are offered for people using mobility devices.

Accessible Natural Reserve Trails:

  • Camel’s Back/Hulls Gulch, 1200 Heron St, Boise, ID 83702
  • Hillside to Hollow, N N Mountain Ln, Boise, ID 83702
  • Military Reserve, 750 Mountain Cove Rd, Boise, ID 83702
  • Oregon Trail, 4500 E Lake Forest Dr, Boise, ID 83716
  • Table Rock, 3199 E Table Rock Rd, Boise, ID 83712

As of Sep 19, 2022 The City of Boise has announced that it will create a new, fully accessible pedestrian-only trail that will connect with and parallel the current Grove Trail in Hulls Gulch Reserve. Additionally, a portion of Red Fox Trail in Camel’s Back Reserve will be relocated in order to improve safety and connect users with other accessible trails nearby.

Adaptive Bike Trails:

  • Bogus Basin, 2600 N Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, ID 83702
  • Boise River Wildlife Management Area, River WMA - Offices, Idaho Fish and Game, Boise, ID 83716
  • Camel’s Back/Hulls Gulch, 1200 Heron St, Boise, ID 83702
  • Central Foothills, 1220 Shenandoah Dr, Boise, ID 83712
  • Table Rock, 3199 E Table Rock Rd, Boise, ID 83712

Find more information on the Ridge to Rivers accessible trails here:

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Wheelchair and Handicap Accessible Parks Around Boise

Many of Boise’s parks have accessible amenities like paved pathways and specialty-built playgrounds. Parks like Kathryn Albertsons, Esther Simplot, and Cherie Buckner-Webb are all prime examples of how the city of Boise is aiming to include everyone in the fun and joy parks can bring.

  • Kathryn Albertson Park has paved pathways and accessible boardwalks overlooking the park’s ponds, ADA parking, and an ADA restroom.
  • Esther Simplot Park has a variety of pathways and a wheelchair-accessible beach on site and an ADA restroom.
  • Cherie Buckner-Webb Park features a paved seating area, wheelchair-accessible tables, and a pathway for people with mobility devices or wheelchairs to view the new interactive artwork “Gentle Breeze” by Matthew Mazzotta.

Boise park playgrounds with accessible features and amenities:

  • Bowden Park, 3230 Edson St, Boise, ID 83705
  • Cassia Park, 4600 W Camas St, Boise, ID 83705
  • Cottonwood Park, 4350 N Colonial Park Way, Boise, ID 83713
  • Franklin Park, 310 S Hilton St, Boise, ID 83705
  • Hobble Creek Park, 6050 N Park Meadow Way, Boise, ID 83703
  • Molenaar Park, 2815 S Maple Grove Rd, Boise, ID 83709
  • Phillippi Park, 2299 S Phillippi St, Boise, ID 83705

Parks with playgrounds with just rubber surfacing:

  • Ann Morrison Park, 1000 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83706
  • Camel’s Back Park, 1200 Heron St, Boise, ID 83702
  • Castle Hills Park, 5350 Eugene St, Boise, ID 83703
  • Morris Hill Park, 10 N Roosevelt St, Boise, ID 83706
  • Simplot Sports Complex, 2437 E Lake Forest Dr, Boise, ID 83716

Highly accessible sports courts in Boise:

  • Ann Morrison Park, 1000 S Americana Blvd, Boise, ID 83706
  • Boise Hills Park, 651 Clubview Dr. Boise, ID 83702
  • Helen B. Lowder Park, 3450 S Law Ave, Boise, ID 83706
  • Hobble Creek Park, 6050 N Park Meadow Way, Boise, ID 83713
  • Peppermint Park, 2030 S Sumpter Way, Boise, ID 83709
  • Phillippi Park, 2299 S Phillippi St, Boise, ID 83705

Keep reading about Boise’s accessible recreation area here:

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The Beautiful Boise Greenbelt Provides Accessibility For All

The Boise River Greenbelt connects 25 miles of pathway along the north and south sides of the Boise River. Managed by the City, the path is 12 feet wide and suitable for all mobility devices or wheelchairs to explore it from one of its many access points. It’s a wonderful resource for all to use for recreation or commuting by non-motorized modes of transportation.

More Information on The Boise Greenbelt:

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