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Who was Ann Morrison? Park carries on her legacy


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Located on the Boise River between Capitol Boulevard, Americana Boulevard, and Crescent Rim Drive sits Boise’s largest park – Ann Morrison.

Morrison-Knudsen co-founder, Harry Morrison, built the 153-acre park in honor of his late wife – Anna Daly Morrison. Anna, who later in her life went by “Ann,” was born in the mining town of Quartzberg, Idaho, where her father owned the Daly Hotel. (Writer’s note: Ann Morrison is my great aunt.)

When she was 16 years old in 1903, the Dalys moved to Boise, where after graduating from high school, she became a secretary at the Idaho State Capitol. In 1914, she met and married Harry Morrison, co-founder of the Morrison-Knudsen Company. With him, she traveled the world and worked by his side, visiting the company’s construction projects, earning the nickname “First Lady of Construction.”

When Ann died of leukemia in 1957, Harry bought the land as a gift for the community that his wife of 43 years loved so deeply.  When the park was completed in 1959, he gave the park to the City of Boise.

Today, hundreds of people visit the park every year to enjoy its amenities, including the water fountain, dog park, disc golf course, horseshoe pits, outdoor gym, sand volleyball court, playground, tennis courts, soccer, cricket fields, football fields, and picnic table shelters.

While the city owns and manages the park, the Harry Morrison Foundation continues to fund and support updates to the park’s facilities.

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Anna Daly - BoiseDev Reporter
Anna Daly - BoiseDev Reporter
Anna Daly is a reporter for BoiseDev. She's an Emmy-winning journalist, and a professor at the College of Western Idaho. Contact her at [email protected].

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