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Important - Please note: This website is dedicated to updates and projects related to the Second Century Coalition. Any and all inquiries about park reservations or events should be directed to: Boise City Parks and Recreaton, or call 208.608.7600.
Inquiries related to Art in the Park should be directed to the Boise Art Museum, or call 208.345.8330.
Julia Davis Park - The Second Century is a group of volunteers who are building a legacy through updates to this 100 year-old regional park. For more information on donor recognition, gifts made in honor or memory of someone, click here.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Boise pioneer Tom Davis donated what became the city’s first public park in memory of his wife Julia.
One hundred years later, great-granddaughter Diane Davis Myklegard brought together a Second Century Coalition of volunteers and organizations to raise funds for park updates and additions. Results have included a new picnic pavilion and plaza highlighting Idaho agriculture and a “Golden Apple” phone app guide to the former apple orchard. Coming in 2014-15 are a river-viewing platform, a Cancer Survivor’s Plaza, and a Children’s Cancer Pavilion.
This website is dedicated to the projects that herald a new era for Julia Davis Park, and the people who are making them happen.
April, 2016 - With the warmer months comes the opportunity for exploration and experiencing Julia Davis Park in all its glory. Docent Tours are back!
Designed for enthusiasts of local history and those new to Boise, the Julia Davis Park Docent Tours offer visitors an introduction to Boise’s flagship park.
During the one and one half hour walk, which starts at the Rose Garden Gazebo, knowledgeable volunteer docents identify sites and markers of historic significance, revealing why Julia Davis Park is the cultural and historic heart of Boise.
Docent tours are offered free of charge on First Thursdays at 4 p.m., May through October. Registration is required at Eventbrite.com, or by calling 208 338 9108.
WHERE: Julia Davis Park - 700 South Capitol Boulevard Starts at Rose Garden Gazebo, Boise, ID 83702 - View Map
In September, the Idaho State Historical Museum (ISHM) will be celebrating its 42nd year of Museum Comes to Life, an annual living history event. The event will take place entirely in Julia Davis Park and the Gene Harris bandshell while the museum is under renovation.
The Museum will host featured performances at the Bandshell, with musicians and dancers from many genres. Also featured will be vintage vehicles in the parking lot adjacent to the Rose Garden, including fire trucks, an ambulance, and stage coach.
The Idaho Woodcarver’s Guild, Idaho Civil War Volunteers encampment, WWII reenactors, Society for Creative Anachronism, and many other reenactors and dynamic groups will demonstrate historic trades, cultures, games and crafts.
Participants will also include Celebration Park with their Indian Lifeways exhibit, and gold panning with the Museum of Mining and Geology. Free for everyone! There will be vendors selling food on site.
What: ISHS Museum Comes to Life! http://history.idaho.gov/events/museum-comes-life-1
Where: Julia Davis Park, Gene Harris Bandshell
When: Saturday, September 26, 9 am to 4 pm
AUGUST 2015 - Members of the Boise Young Professionals gathered in the Agricultural Pavilion to learn more about Boise history this summer at one of their monthly Lunch and Learn programs.
More information is available at www.boiseyp.org
The Trevor’s Trek Children’s Cancer Pavilion in Julia Davis Park, opened in June, 2015, is a place where young cancer survivors can congregate and celebrate the end of their cancer treatment; a sanctuary where they can read, play, enjoy picnics with family and friends; their own HAPPY PLACE.
Trevor’s Trek Foundation has established a personalized walkway which features bronze footprints signifying a child’s steps to survival, two hop-scotch designs made from 12X12 tiles engraved with artwork created by children who have battled cancer and personalized 8X8 tiles that form the picnic table tops.
Photos courtesy of the Trevor's Trek Foundation and Warriors 2 Wellness.
Julia is getting a new pedestal. The family bricks in the plaza area with the Julia Davis statue are being replaced with a sandstone family tree. The project, funded by the Davis family, was done by Capital Landscaping, and completed in early August, and includes an engraved family tree.
Photos courtesy of Diane Ronayne.
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Inquiries about park reservations or events? Contact Boise City Parks and Recreatonor call 208.608.7600.
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Help the future of Julia Davis Park. Donations through ICF's secure site support Julia Davis: The Second Century projects designed to educate, enlighten and illuminate. Donate On-line Now!
Join us in making a lead gift to recognize a loved one or group. See who has donated to date. Donor recognition is available through special naming opportunities.
Gifts to our park Partners can be made through their websites, listed on our partners page.
Take a virtual tour of our wonderful park. Learn more about what the park has to offer now. Then see what we are adding for the future.
Park Tour - Projects Tour - Map