The Parks Department maintains the City parks and pathways throughout our community for leisure and recreational time activities. The City has taken a proactive approach in future planning including a Master Plan for Future Parks and Pathways.
Middleton Place Park is a City-owned, neighborhood park, approximately 12-acres located on the eastern City boundary in Middleton Place Subdivision. The land and primary irrigation system were donated. Long-range development of this park includes jogging track, horseshoe pits, additional playground equipment, safety fencing, drinking fountains, bike rakes and lighting. The restrooms, tennis courts, two baseball courts, sand volleyball, baseball field, picnic facilities, asphalt parking lot, play equipment and a park shelter have been completed.
Roadside Park is a small city-owned park with a picturesque creek running through it. The park is located on State Highway 44 and is a welcome stop for travelers. Facilities include restrooms, picnic facilities, the Sherman Tank donated to the City in 1968 by the United States Department of Army, play equipment, horseshoe pits, shelter and attractive landscaping. Also, on the gounds of the park is the Trolley Station and Middleton Civic Center, both are city-owned buildings used for both public and private functions.
Davis Park is a small city-owned park along Mill Slough Creek and has picnic facilities with at shelter. Davis Park is located on the southwest corner of State Highway 44 and South Middleton Road.
Greater Middleton Parks and Recreation District
The Greater Middleton Parks and Recreation District was formed in 1997 by a vote of the people. It is a taxing entity separate from the City and has a governing board of three commissioners. The District has orgainzed sports for the youth. Their boundaries are the same as the Middleton School District boundaries, which covers approximately 80 square miles in the northeast corner of Canyon County.
Hawthorne Park is the largest and most centrally located, containing 7.3 acres on North Hawthorne Drive. The park has softball fields, playground equipment, parking facilities, restrooms and water and sewer infrastructure on land purchased from the school district.
Richard Foote Park is located on the northeast corner of Middleton Road and Main Street and is being developed by the Parks and Recreation District. The plans include ball fields and a future community center.
Payne Park was constructed as part of Nottingham Greens Subdivision on the west side of town adjacent to Middleton Heights School. The school grounds have available playground equipment, other exercise/play facilities and a track. Current school district policy is that these facilities are available for public use with free access during non-school hours.
The Boise River is an asset to the City of Middleton. Located approximately 3/4 mile south of the downtown core. The Boise River is an amenity for avid sportsman and recreationalists. The Boise River is a tributary of the Snake River and it is approximately 75-miles long. The watershed encompasses approximately 4,100 square miles of highly diverse habitats, including alpine canyons, forest, rangeland, agricultural lands and urban areas. Middleton has identified a greenbelt along the river connecting the City of Star to Middleton then onto the City of Caldwell.
Middleton is a member of the Boise Trail Coalition. The Coalition's vision is to have a connected system of pathways on land and water on and near the Boise River from Lucky Peak Dam to the Snake River that binds the recreational, educational and economic opportunities of our river communities. Currently, there is a portion of the greenbelt being developed along the Boise River that is within the City limits.