Op-Ed: A summer in Boise

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If you are one of many students staying in Boise for the summer to take classes, to work or for any other reason, you might not know what is available to do for fun during this warm, snow-free season. Luckily, Boise has a number of recreational activities to involve yourself in to stay active, entertained and have a memorable summer before kicking it back into gear for fall semester.

Sports Entertainment: Attend a Boise Hawks Game

What’s better than a spending a summer evening at the ballpark? Boise’s local minor league team has a plethora of home games at Memorial Stadium for fans to attend from June 20 to Sept. 3. Tickets vary anywhere from $8 to $35, and can be ordered online, over the phone, at the Hawks’ front office or at the Memorial Stadium Box Office. Grab a seat and a hotdog, and even enjoy a firework show at the end of the game. Fun fact: Boise State baseball’s new head coach, Gary Van Tol, coached for the Hawks from 2008 to 2017!

Staying Near/On Campus

Thanks to Boise State’s location, summer residents won’t have to go far to be active outside. The Greenbelt is located right along campus next to the Boise River, where everybody is welcome to walk (with or without dogs), bike, rollerblade and more. Visit the Boise Rose Garden and Julia Davis Park right across Friendship Bridge or play on the disc golf course at Ann Morrison Park.

While summer on campus may seem much more quiet than we are all used to, there is a perk: the sand volleyball courts, basketball hoops, soccer fields and more will be much more available to use. The Recreation Center will still be open, so be sure to check out some gear to get a game going.

Summer is prime time to get back into a workout schedule and prepare for the next Pie Hole-filled fall semester. The Recreation Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday- Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Other facility schedules can be found here. Premium and Drop-In classes will pick back up starting May 13.

Feeling lazy but still want to be experiencing the great outdoors? Grab a blanket or a tree hammock, a good book, some snacks and some cautionary sunscreen/bug spray, then set up along the river.


Get Involved

Boise has multiple public opportunities for the runners, joggers and walkers of the community. Starting with the Access to Justice Fund Run and the Bubble Run on Saturday, June 2, the city will host a variety of charitable runs, kids runs, marathons, triathlons and more throughout the upcoming months. The Spartan Sprint, Goin’ for Owen 5K, Firecracker Frolic and Y-Not Triathlon are just a few examples. Check out the upcoming race calendar for more dates, times and registration information.

For something more competitive, join a Boise recreation league team. There are many adult sport leagues and classes offered through the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department, including softball tournaments, four-person volleyball at Julia Davis Park, daily drop-in activities and more.


Hang out by the water

Located eight miles southeast of Boise lies Lucky Peak State Park, a popular spot to swim, fish, boat, bike and picnic. At the base of Lucky Peak Dam is Sandy Point Beach, where one can swim, play beach volleyball and lounge in the park. Lucky Peak Lake is also a prime spot for boating, jet skiing and more.

Take your paddle board, kayak, or fishing rod to Quinn’s Pond, a local favorite that resides between Main Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway on the Boise River Greenbelt.

Rent and fill up your tubes at Barber Park and leisurely float along the river for as far as you would like, or until the take-out station at Ann Morrison Park. According to Ada County’s river floating website, over 125,000 people a year float the river. The six mile float takes about two to three hours, making for a manageable day-time activity.

With time and transportation permitting, road trips to nearby sights and towns are always available. About two hours and 20 minutes from Boise is McCall, a resort town on the south shore of Payette Lake. Explore the miles of hiking trails, go boating, or play volleyball on the courts lining the shore.

Whatever you do this summer, whether it is in Boise or back in your hometown, be safe and have fun! See you next term, Broncos!


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