Where to Park for Football Games at Dona Larsen Park (updated)

(Updated with map of parking district).

During this summer your East End Neighborhood Association board has been hard at work to implement the new parking district that will protect neighborhood residents from excessive street parking during the upcoming inaugural high school football season at Dona Larsen Park.

The first game is August 24th, and that’s a big enough deal that local artist Ward Hooper developed a commemorative poster shown at left, and available for purchase at his website (at this time no price is indicated).

A copy of the poster is on the bulletin board at M&W on Warm Springs Avenue.

As East Enders we can say without hesitation GO BRAVES!

So with the game coming in less than two weeks we were wondering if the Boise School District had made any progress on securing spectator parking.  Conversations with representatives of Boise State University and with Boise City Planning and Zoning staff in late June indicated parties were close to securing parking agreements.  We were told, “The URS Agreement is the annual agreement between the University and MK Plaza Trust for use of the URS lot for Boise State football games.  We are still waiting on MK Plaza Trust’s approval of our latest changes to the agreement, which include the addition of high school events at Dona Larsen Park.  We do not anticipate any problems in getting it approved, but that agreement is also not yet finalized.”

Those agreements are now in place and an initial map is now being made available.  You can view it after the jump . . . 

The parking agreement between Boise State and URS has now been updated to include parking for the high school football games.  In addition, parking will also be available in the Ada County Courthouse/Civic Plaza parking garages accessed from Front Street at Avenue A.

In addition, the 5th and 6th floors of the St. Luke’s parking garage south of Main Street (accessed between 1st Street and Broadway) has also been made available.  Here is a map we found on a Borah High School website:

According to Planning and Zoning there are some 1,700 parking spaces surrounding the URS building with most in the large, five-story parking garage at the east end of the campus.  It appears a few hundred more spots may be available with the agreements the School District has put together with Ada County and St. Luke’s.

The map above also shows there will be crossing guards at the intersection of Front Street and Broadway Avenue, and also at Broadway and Warm Springs Avenue.  Spectators will be crossing Front Street from the URS parking.  One would think the Carl’s Jr. and Deli George will have a great opportunity to peel away some customers before and after a game.

The map does not show where parking is restricted.  This includes the small parking lot west of the football field accessed from Broadway Avenue.  Also, the strip mall across Broadway is not available.  The map legend is superimposed over the streets in the new Parking District.

The map does not show the entrance to Dona Larsen Park.  It is on the west end at Broadway Avenue.  People who have driven along Warm Springs Avenue may get confused and think there is an entry gate on Warm Springs when in fact the structure that was built there is a non-functioning historical replica of the old entry to the public school field.

So, with this information we hope you can share it with friends and neighbors so that the new Parking District can be implemented in as smooth a fashion as possible:

  • Let people know in a positive manner where they can park, in particular the ample parking at the URS lots and garage;
  • The additional parking west of Broadway may be useful for neighbors from the north end, especially the 5th and 6th floors of the St. Luke’s garage;
  • Remind people there is a Parking District is in place in the east end neighborhood in the blocks closest to Dona Larsen Park;
  • The entrance to Dona Larsen Park is on the west side on Broadway Avenue.  The faux entrance on Warm Springs Avenue is there for historic display purposes only.

While the Boise schools and their spectator patrons will soon learn where they can park (and grab a bite to eat) we need to remember there will be visitors from the schools in the Meridian School District as well as from Canyon County.  Most Friday nights will bring first time visitors to our neighborhood looking for an easy parking spot.  So the first season will be a test of the Parking District and how well the School District, Boise State, and others get the word out on where parking is allowed and encouraged.

(East End Parking District map below).

The Boise City Council authorized the new East End Parking District in the summer of 2012 to help mitigate the impacts of spectator parking at Dona Larsen Park.