BEST OF TREASURE VALLEY
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OUTDOORS AND SPORTS BEST PARK
JULIA DAVIS PARK
RACE TO ROBIE CREEK
700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, parks.cityofboise.org
The home of Zoo Boise, Boise Art Museum, Idaho State Historical Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho and Idaho Black History Museum, 89-acre Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historical heart of the city. Flanking the Greenbelt and the Boise River, the city’s oldest park also features a rose garden, band shell, large pond, two reservable pavilions, public art and vast expanses of greenscape that are home to more than 1,000 trees with about 80 species. In the mood for some physical activity? Bocce, tennis and horseshoe courts, a disc golf course and a playground await you. The park also is home to some of Boise’s more popular social get-togethers, from fun runs to art gatherings. Don’t miss the 59th annual Art in the Park, which will feature more than 250 artists and 40 food vendors Sept. 6-8.
Æ Ann Morrison Park, 1000 Americana Blvd., Boise Æ Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 Americana Blvd., Boise Æ Settlers Park, 3245 N. Meridian Road, Meridian Æ Camel’s Back Park, 122 W. Heron St., Boise
Every spring in the Treasure Valley, there are a few givens. Æ The snow will start melting off Bogus Basin. Æ Lawns will start turning from brown to green. Æ Runners will ask each other, “Are you going to run Robie this year?” “It’s a rite of spring,” Race to Robie Creek committee member Brian Rencher said. Rencher was talking about both the race itself and the decision by runners whether to do the halfmarathon billed as the toughest in the Northwest. “It’s a challenging course, and it’s challenging to get into,” he said. Indeed, half the battle is registering for the event, which is limited to
about 2,400 runners each year. Race numbers sell out in a matter of minutes. But those who make the grueling climb up and down Aldape Summit (4,797 feet above sea level) know that they have participated in something special. Walk into a serious runner’s house anywhere in the Treasure Valley and you’re likely to see a Robie bib
hanging prominently somewhere. “It’s a fun event,” Rencher said.
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