Boise is a city that loves the great outdoors. In Boise, there are thousands of miles of leisure paths, the Boise River, ponds and mini-lakes, and dozens of amazing parks. One park though that holds a special place in the hearts of all Boiseans (especially Southeast Boise residents) would have to be Barber Park. Hardly a season passes by where it seems like Barber Park is not well-loved and well-attended. But why is that? What is it about Barber Park that has people so enamored?
The answer is its versatility. Barber Park is easily Boise’s most versatile park. While Julia Davis has the Boise Rose Garden and Kathryn Albertsons has flora that could make a florist swoon, Barber Park continues to claim the unofficial title of the most versatile park in the city. Barber has a vast amount of things for you to do there, but, so you can get an idea of what to expect on your next visit, here are just a few of the awesome things that are available to you:
Barber Park Amenities
Floating the Boise River
Easily the most well-known activity at Barber Park would be floating the Boise River. Barber Park is the place where nearly everyone launches their tubes to float down the several miles of water to Ann Morrison Park. It is a great summer day activity. Just be sure to be safe on the water and only float when the city declares the river open!
Barber Park Event Center
Another of the big draws to Barber Park is its stately event center. This place is beautiful. There are many people who rent this event center out for events both big and small including parties, receptions, and so much more. Be sure to check out the Barber Park website for rental application information, if you are interested.
If you want to enjoy a classic playground experience, then the playground at Barber Park is another draw. This playground is perfect for those who want to climb, jump, slide, and run around while they are at the park.
Across from the playground is a concrete basketball court that a lot of visitors to the park enjoy. If you like basketball, or just need a large open place to play, then this court may be the place for you.
Between the basketball court and the playground, and beyond the two, is a large open grass field that a lot of visitors to Barber Park use for rest, relaxation, and recreation. It is also great for pets to enjoy if you find them itching to go to a place without fences.
Another great part of Barber Park would have to be its quick access to the Boise Greenbelt. The Greenbelt, if you are unfamiliar, is a paved and unpaved trail that stretches from Lucky Peak reservoir, adjacent to southeast Boise neighborhoods like Harris Ranch and Warm Springs Mesa, and on to the border of Boise and Eagle.
Protected Forestry and Marshland
One of the most unique things about Barber Park is its acres of natural forest and marshland. This natural part of the park makes exploring a real adventure as you’ll feel like you are deep in the Boise National Forest with all the trees and wildlife. This area is large enough and natural enough that deer and other fauna from the foothills make their home here on occasion.
A great park tradition that a lot of people love to participate in at Barber Park is the humble picnic. There are few things that capture the quintessence of a park experience like a picnic. At Barber Park, there are picnic tables, barbeques, and a picnic pavilion for all to enjoy.
While there are still dozens of more things that you can do at Barber Park, these are some of the big ones that draw a lot of people there on a regular basis. If you want to learn more about Barber Park, check out the City’s website at https://adacounty.id.gov/Parks-Waterways/Barber-Park.