Kathryn Albertson Park 

 June 17, 2020

By  Jon Ramos

Kathryn Albertson Park is a Special Use Park located near downtown Boise. The park is 41 acres in size and was designed to be an attractive home for resident and migratory wildlife in downtown Boise. It features wide, paved footpaths which wind through the park carrying walkers past colorful, informative signs inlaid in large rocks.

The signs describe the wildlife and environmental themes throughout the park. Highlights include outdoor gazebos, a fountain, a cross-section of the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine, glimpses of wildlife, including a large population of nesting waterfowl, and access to the Greenbelt. The park is named after Kathryn McCurry, a Boise native, who met her future husband Joe Albertson, founder of Albertsons, Inc., at the College of Idaho.


This location provides opportunities to see birds and other wildlife.

The Idaho Birding Trail (IBT) is a network of sites and side-trips that provides the best viewing opportunities to see birds in Idaho. With 175 sites and about 2,000 miles of trail separated into four distinct regions the IBT represents a collection of bird watching hotspots, diverse habitats, and a glimpse of Idaho’s rich natural heritage.

If you are interested in learning more about birding in Idaho, visit Idaho Birding Trail website.


To protect wildife, please observe them from a distance and fishing, boating, swimming and wading are prohibited.

Kathryn Albertson Park houses a multitude of animal life. The most easily spotted are the many varieties of birds. waterfowl, song and game birds, owls, and herons have found their own niches in the park.

Many animals share the water with the ducks and other birds. Salamanders, painted and boxed turtles can be seen as well as bullfrogs which can often be heard. Raccoons, beavers, rabbits, and voles can be found in the park. Red foxes sometimes visit, too.

Many birds and mammals are inactive during the day, so early morning and evening are the best times to observe wildlife. Sudden movements and excessive noise cause most animals to flee and hide, so listen, move quietly, look closely-the most interesting things in nature take place right under your nose.

Conservation Station

Conservation stations are a discovery based environmental education program designed to educate the community about a variety of conservation related topics. Park visitors can come across a station and learn about our natural environment while recreating in Boise parks.


Pollinators are a vital part of our ecosystem and help facilitate a plant’s ability to reproduce. About one-third of the United States food crops rely on the help they receive from pollinators. Without these important insects, we would lose many fruits and vegetables. However, due to habitat loss and development many pollinator populations are in decline.

Parks, Monarchs & Milkweeds

Known for its vibrant color and distinct markings, the monarch butterfly is a favorite to many people. With the monarch population struggling, protecting this insect includes protecting the showy milkweed plant. Showy milkweed is the only host plant for the monarch larvae and a great nectar source for adults. Check out this station and see what a showy milkweed plant looks like up close.

Greenbelt Access

This park provides access to the Boise River Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is one of Boise’s most beloved parks. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views and wildlife habitat.


Kathryn Albertson Park has two small facilities that may be reserved for ceremonies.  Reservations can be made 11 months in advance at the first of each month for this park.


Restrooms located in the main parking lot are open year around.

📌 1001 N Americana Blvd. Boise, ID 83702.

For more info ://https://localwiki.org/boise/Kathryn_Alberston_Park


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