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Julia Davis Park

Julia Davis Park, ID
Julia Davis Park is a municipal park in the downtown region of Boise, Idaho. Created in 1907 with a land donation from Thomas Jefferson Davis, it is … See more


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Sep 30, 2022
When we first arrived, the first thing I saw was geese. I tried to walk to the river—there were goose droppings everywhere. The river was stagnant. I got back in the car and left. Full review by pghstillerfan
Jul 11, 2022
Lovely area with park,zoo and museums all very close together. I actually visited a couple times while in the area - had a picnic and then a family gathering Full review by AlwaysTraveling65
Sep 26, 2021
I sat in the rose garden every day. In September they are all in full bloom, must be hundreds of them. The park is so clean and well tended. It was so enjoyable to see families enjoying all of the… Full review by pamsrollz


Oldest Black History Museum in the Pacific Northwest
Julia Davis Park is a municipal park in the downtown region of Boise, Idaho. Created in 1907 with a land donation from Thomas Jefferson Davis, it is the first park in the "String of Pearls", the group of parks operated by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department that are located along the Boise River. Being centrally located in Boise, the park contains several prominent sites, including museums such as the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Historical Museum, and the Idaho Black History Museum, as well as other attractions like Zoo Boise, the Idaho Rose Society, and the Gene Harris Band Shell. The Boise River Greenbelt runs through the park, which is bordered by Broadway Avenue to the east, Capital Boulevard to the west, the Boise River to the south, and Myrtle Street to the north. Other amenities at Julia Davis Park include river access, statues, a rose garden, a playground and tennis court, a pond with paddle boat rentals, and a pedestrian bridge that connects the park with Boise State University. Idaho Black History Museum: Nestled next to the historic Julia Davis Park lies the Idaho Black History Museum. Built in 1995, the museum is the oldest black history museum in the Pacific Northwest. Being so, the museum, as well as Julia Davis Park, proves Idaho’s rich foundation of history, diversity, and “reinvention”. Contributing activities, events, and information, the Idaho Black History Museum is a vital contributor to Julia Davis Park and all of Boise. Zoo Boise: Boise’s Zoo, located along Julia Davis Park, is a prime example of Boise’s family-fit environment. A trip to a zoo, a lunch in a park, and even a museum voyage enables Julia Davis Park and the surrounding area to be magnificent as it is. Educating children and exposing children to nature, the Boise Zoo contributes many visitors to Julia Davis Park. Rose Gardens: The addition of a rose garden to the park originated with H.C. Schuppel in 1935, a chairman of a rose garden club called the "Cut Worms." Work on the project began in earnest in 1939 with a total of 2800 roses planted. It was also in this year that the Rose Garden was officially dedicated. Idaho Historical Museum: Located along Julia Davis Park is yet another enjoyable attraction. The Idaho Historical Museum, founded in 1907, is the single most visited museum in Boise. Exhibits include a variety of eclectic and diverse topics. Based on Idaho’s rich history with Native Americans, Basques, and Chinese, each exhibit thrills and entertains Discovery Center of Idaho: Next to Julia Davis’ pond lies the new and unique Discovery Center of Idaho, completed in 1988. With a mission to educate/intrigue children and adults, the Discovery Center of Idaho is an imperative stop along Julia Davis Park. Based on the foundation of Mathematics and Science, DCI provides information and intellectualism amongst Boise’s community. Boise Art Museum: Founded in 1931 as Idaho’s premier art association, the Boise Art Museum provides an epicenter for Boise’s art scene. Along Julia Davis Park, the BAM organizes the appearance of fine art that would otherwise pass from the communities eyes. Each year, with assistance from Boise’s local art scene, cooperative government, and Idaho Parks and Recreation Department, the Boise Art Museum hosts “Art In the Park” in Julia Davis Park. An event to bring about Boise’s local art scene and locally owned businesses, assisting visitor numbers to Julia Davis Park. Bandshell: Located inside of Julia Davis Park is the Gene Harris Bandshell. Playing multiple free concerts for the park visitors and bringing musical culture to the people, the Gene Harris bandshell was initially built in 1928 and devoted to Gene Harris in 2001.

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