Together Treasure Valley Dog Island opened in 2019 in an area of Ann Morrison Park formerly known as Duck Island. The dog-centric space is making tails wag and local dog owners happier than ever. The park is made possible in part by a $50,000 donation to Boise Parks & Recreation from Together Treasure Valley (2017 commitment), along with a $50,000 grant from the Harry W. Morrison Foundation. These were the final components required to complete funding for this ambitious $440,000 project.
Together Treasure Valley Dog Island offers 5.4 acres for active dogs to play, as well as a smaller fenced-in spot for “shy” dogs, measuring about one-third of an acre. Unlike other local dog parks, Dog Island does not have separate sections for small and large dogs. It’s up to owners to determine where their dogs will function best. The primary dog-oriented park space features multiple benches for owners and two covered picnic structures. There is also a “dog beach” with a ramp that makes it easy for puppies to get in and out of the water. It’s the biggest dog park in Boise, a city with the highest percentage of dog ownership in the nation.
“We are grateful for such strong community support and are proud to offer an opportunity for dogs to run, play and swim so close to downtown Boise,” said Boise Parks & Recreation Director Doug Holloway.
About Boise Parks and Recreation
Boise Parks and Recreation enhances the quality of life in Boise by providing safe, healthy recreational opportunities for children and adults. The department is responsible for maintaining parks throughout the City of Boise, trails throughout the Ridge to Rivers System, 25 miles of Greenbelt pathways, hundreds of acres of open space, Zoo Boise, Warm Springs Golf Course, Quail Hollow Golf Course, six outdoor pools, Idaho IceWorld, Fort Boise Community Center and many other amenities.
Boise Parks and Recreation offers art, drama and dance classes, along with fitness and martial arts programs, mountain biking instruction, nature tours, environmental education, special events and other programs. Boise Parks and Recreation serves hundreds of low-income youth at ten school-based community centers and a mobile recreation van program that travels to parks, schools and refugee apartment complexes throughout the city.