Jan. 4, 2016

Ribbon of Jewels: Boise’s Women & Their Parks

by Erin McClure

The public park system running through the middle of Boise has been dubbed “String of Pearls”, and its nine riverside parks are known collectively as the “Ribbon of Jewels.” 

When Kathryn Albertson was asked by the Idaho Statesman in 1989 how it felt to have Boise’s newest park named after her, she lamented, “I didn’t want the Kathryn on there. It’s such a long name.” Her husband Joe Albertson, founder of the national Albertsons grocery store chain, decided to name the 41-acre park for his wife when someone pointed out how both Julia Davis and Ann Morrison Parks nearby were also named after women. “A hell of a good idea,” Joe said.

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