Park opens next to Harris Ranch

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Marianne Williams Park: the newest addition to the “Ribbon of Jewels” along the Boise River

If you’ve explored Southeast Boise in the last year or so, it’s possible you’ve seen the ongoing construction of the brand-new Marianne Williams Park. Located on the former site of the old Barber Mill, a large-scale lumber operation, the new 72-acre recreation area off of Warm Springs Avenue is the third-largest riverfront park in Boise. The area now functions as a community attraction, wildlife habitat and historical site – all while being just steps away from Harris Ranch. As if the location, nearby amenities, close-knit neighborhood feel and awe-inspiring views at the base of the Foothills weren’t enough, the park’s recent opening just made the growing subdivision even better.

Featuring 1.8 miles of paved walkways, ponds, a panoramic view of the Barber Valley & Foothills, an extension of the Greenbelt, a picnic shelter, restrooms and much more, Marianne Williams Park claims the latest spot on Boise’s distinguished “Ribbon of Jewels” park list. The recreation areas featured on this list can all be found at various intervals on the banks of the Boise River, and include some of the Treasure Valley’s most well-known and -loved parks, such as Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park and Esther Simplot Park. Dedicated to area women who left their mark on the Boise community in some way, the Ribbon of Jewels list celebrates the history, community and livelihood of the incredible city we live in.

Marianne Williams Park concept drawing

Marianne Williams Park concept drawing

Though located in what was once a highly industrial area, Marianne Williams Park has been reestablished as a sort of wildlife habitat. The streams, ponds, wetlands and forested riparian areas benefit wildlife, improve fisheries, and provide viewing opportunities,” according to the City of Boise’s website. In fact, it has already attracted several different kinds of wildlife, including blue herons, wintering bald eagles, herds of deer and trout. Not only can Marianne Williams Park provide you and your family  the chance to see wildlife up close and personal, but also the space to unwind, play, and exercise – all just steps from your front door. It’s just another of the many great reasons to love Harris Ranch!

For more details, history, and the exact location of Marianne Williams Park, please visit the City of Boise website.

For more on Boise’s “Ribbon of Jewels” park network, click here.