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Best Public Sports Facility 

Boise River Park Where making waves is encouraged.

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Boise River Park Where making waves is encouraged.

Boise River Park

Used as an industrial waterway during the first half of the 20th century, the Boise River was one of the most polluted rivers in the state. What was once full of remnants from a nearby concrete plant is now the Best Local Public Sports Facility. Though only a few years old, the Boise River Park has become a gem of the city, where kayakers and river surfers play in the park's three distinct and adjustable wave features. No doubt, surfers, boaters and spectators alike look forward to the park's pending expansion.

2nd Place: Rhodes Skate ParkMuch like the Boise River Park, Rhodes Skate Park has humble beginnings and a tumultuous past. A few years ago, it was little more than rusting metal ramps, a rail and cracked concrete. Now, it's a multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art skate park with rails, boxes, bowls, ramps, quarter pipes, Euro gaps, Hubba ledges, half pyramids, transition volcanos, benches, slappy curbs, pool pockets, soft hips and a Jersey barrier. There's even some landscaping and public art, too.

3rd Place: Settlers ParkSettlers Park is pretty great, with its fishing pond, Idaho's first universally accessible playground, splash pad, sound garden, horseshoe courts, baseball and softball fields, disc golf course and concession stands. That's a pretty freakin' sweet 57.737 acres, if you ask us.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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