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Downtown park could get revamp with Instagram-able kids’ play structure


The CW Moore Park in Downtown Boise – one of the city’s oldest – could soon get a new look.

The Capital City Development Corp’s board of commissioners heard a presentation from the City of Boise’s Parks and Recreation Department on the future of the small park at the corner of Grove St. and 5th St.

The park features a small grassy area, benches, picnic tables, and a number of historic Boise relics, including name stones from the old Pioneer Building, Central School, and an arch from the Bush Building.

“It’s one of the oldest parks we have in Boise,” Boise parks superintendent Sara Arkle said. “We want to bring it back to serving its original intention as serving as a destination for families.”

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Arkle said the park was first built for people living downtown, with a place for kids and families to play. As the area moved away from residential neighborhoods and toward business, the park changed too. In the 1980s, the park last saw a revamp, with its large waterwheel, hardscape, and other features.

New play structure

Detail rendering of a “BOI” play structure envisioned for CW Moore park in Boise, ID. Via Landscape Structures

Arkle said the city wants to improve accessibility in the park, as well as add features to help serve a growing number of residents, as the area starts to shift back towards more folks living downtown. The initial concept would include a play structure. Designers have put together a “BOI” letter structure with climbable features for kids.

“It’s a small park so any play feature would need to fit into the park and be an iconic piece of our downtown landscape,” Arkle said. “Having something that people could take a picture of when they visit downtown Boise and their kids can stand on top of that structure and have something they can take home from their trip is something to consider.”

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Existing features, including the waterwheel and some of the historic pieces, would remain, though Arkle indicated some could be given to the Idaho Historical Society if they’re displaced from the park.

The city will ask CCDC for up to $350,000 in funding for the project. The agency is working on a plan to revamp Grove St. in the area. The project, with approvals from CCDC and the city, could start and wrap up in 2023.

CCDC and the city are also at work on a separate small park about a block away at Grove St. and 6th St.

CW Moore park in Boise, Idaho. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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