Boise park to receive million-dollar overhaul

Rhodes skateboard park to receive million-dollar overhaul

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Boise Skateboard Association, City of Boise
will partner for park, neighborhood revitalization

BOISE – Dec. 2, 2014 — A two-decade-old city park will receive a world-class makeover next summer thanks to a newly formed community partnership and a $1.25 million gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation.

The gift completes a Boise Skateboard Association fundraising effort to re-build Rhodes Park, originally constructed in the mid-1990s by Glenn Rhodes and scores of community and city volunteers.

The 1.28-acre Linen District site, between 15th and 16th streets underneath the 1-84 connector, will be a premier Northwest skating destination when finished in 2015.

Josh Davis with the Skateboard Association said the park will foster growth and learning in the Treasure Valley skating community while maintaining Rhodes’ vision of providing safe spaces for youth to recreate.

“The gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation will provide not only beautiful concrete skateable terrain, but also a place to learn, create, challenge and socialize,” Davis said. “It is a gift where every square inch will be utilized for generations to come.”

One million dollars of the Albertson family foundation gift will be used for the skate park and $250,000 will pay to improve the entire area with lighting, sustainable landscaping and public art. The City of Boise will contribute about $300,000 to enhance the design and landscaping of the park.

“This project is a great example of the type of initiative that our family foundation is eager to support,” said Jamie MacMillan, president of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. “It is a community collaboration that will result in a wonderful place for kids and families.”

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter echoed MacMillan, and said the investment adds to Boise’s livability.

“This is another great example of how partners of all types are working together to make Boise the most livable city in the country,” Bieter said. “The vision behind this park and the investment in our community by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation will create another world-class amenity and help build lasting vibrancy to this part of downtown. It’s an exciting time here in Boise.”

Spurred by a $10,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, BSA has worked with Seattle-based and world-renowned Grindline Skateparks on conceptual drawings for the park. Though the park’s builder is unknown, Grindline’s mission mirrors Rhodes’: a place for youth to find opportunity and creativity, a place to call their own and simply, “a place to skate.” Davis said skaters of all ability levels will find a home at the new Rhodes Park.


About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to the vision of limitless learning for all Idahoans. In the last 17 years, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation has invested almost $700 million in Idaho. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation honors the legacy of Joe and Kathryn Albertson, founders of the Albertsons grocery store, however it is not affiliated with, Albertson’s, LLC. For more information, visit

About the Boise Skateboard Association

The Boise Skateboard Association’s mission is to advocate skateboarding throughout the city of Boise by encouraging participation and finding resources for skateparks that provide a safe environment to foster growth, creativity, learning, responsibility and community.

About Rhodes Park

Rhodes Park was the brainchild of the late Glenn Rhodes, a former Ada County Highway District Commissioner who came up with the idea in the early 1990s. Rhodes donated hundreds of hours to frame the site, pour concrete, install fencing and coordinate all other construction five days a week over a two-year period. He persuaded more than 130 contractors, individuals, civic groups and businesses to help him build the park serving Boise’s youth. Rhodes also raised $35,000 in cash contributions. The City of Boise provided staff, inspection services and an additional $50,000. The park was dedicated in December 1995.

For further information:

Albertson Family Foundation Communications Officer:
Jennie Sue Weltner, (208) 424-2640,

Josh Davis, BSA: c. (208) 869-2487,

Doug Holloway, Parks & Rec: c. (208) 869-0576,