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I Didn’t Know That: Boise’s Ribbon of Jewels

Nothing is more “classic Boise” than the Greenbelt, stretching more than 20 miles along the Boise River from Lucky Peak to Eagle Road. But did you know that a walk, run or bike along the Greenbelt can also be a celebration of some of the women who helped build and shape our favorite city?

Known as the Ribbon of Jewels, ten sections along the Greenbelt honor influential women of Boise (with several more in planning stages). From Marianne Williams Park in southeast Boise to Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park and Esther Simplot Park just west of downtown, it’s become a Boise tradition to dedicate these beautiful green spaces to women who have served our community.

Watch for these parks along your next Greenbelt cruise:

Parks east of Boise State:

  • Sue Howell Park (still in development), 8.4 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Alta Harris Park (still in development), 5.1 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Marianne Williams Park, 4.8 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Golda Harris Nature Preserve, 4.4 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Bethine Church River Trail, 2.4 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt, then another 1.6-mile trail (no bikes or E-scooters allowed)

Parks north of Boise State:

  • Dona Larsen Park, 1.1-1.3 miles from Boise State, using Broadway Ave
  • Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park, 1.6 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Julia Davis Park, 180 feet or the approximate length of Friendship Bridge

Parks west of Boise State:

  • Ann Morrison Park, 0.8 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Kathryn Albertson Park, 1.6 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park, 2.5 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt
  • Esther Simplot Park, 2.6 miles from Boise State along the Greenbelt

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