New Boise park feature will give dogs place to play in the water, off-leash

Work will start soon on improvements to Ann Morrison Park’s Duck Island, creating a new dog park and swimming area.

Crews will build the Treasure Valley Dog Island in an area of the park surrounded by water or the first Boise Bench – creating a separated area within the larger regional park.

BoiseDev was the first to report on the dog island in 2016 as part of the master plan for the park.

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Access to the island will come from a double-gated entrance across a small bridge from parking. Amenities will include more than five acres of open dog play – plus a shaded area to cool off. A separate “shy dog” area will give puppers who aren’t as social a place to enjoy the park.

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The concept plan for an off-leash dog island in Ann Morrison Park

Dogs will be able to jump in the pond – which parks crews dredged to clean up. Building permits with the City of Boise indicate a picnic shelter will be built on the island.

The improvements are set to be done in time for summer splish-splashing.

KIVI reports the city will spend $440,000 on the project. It received $100,000 in donations – including $50,000 from the Harry W. Morrison Foundation and another $50,000 from Together Treasure Valley.

The full park is open to dogs from November 1st through the end of February – a policy the city will keep in place.

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Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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