Discovery Park, once spanning 27 acres, served as a haven for community gatherings and outdoor enthusiasts. Today, it has blossomed into a sprawling 64-acre recreational paradise, beckoning both locals and visitors to embrace its newfound treasures. Situated between Eagle and Locust Grove Roads in the heart of Meridian, Idaho, this park has undergone a remarkable transformation.
The visionary minds of Robert and Jenny Kirkland planted the seeds of this exceptional sanctuary. Their noble aspiration to give back to their small West Tennessee hometown, Union City, materialized into the remarkable reality that is Discovery Park.
Inaugurated in 2017, the park’s inception marked the genesis of a transformative experience—a testament to the Kirklands’ vision and the unwavering support from individuals and organizations. This once 27-acre haven of recreation and camaraderie underwent a significant expansion, doubling its expanse to approximately 64 acres.
The new amenities introduced in this expansion include an impressive Active Area featuring pickleball and tennis courts, an exhilarating 40-yard dash challenge, and vibrant basketball courts. Additionally, a dedicated Teen Area now houses a thrilling skatepark, inviting sand volleyball courts, tranquil hammock poles, and a shelter equipped with WiFi. Further attractions such as a bike park and pump track, a delightful sand/water play area, a comforting concessions stand, an off-leash dog area, a stage and event lawn, educational gardens, and serene walking paths have been integrated, enriching the park’s offerings. Browse around this site.
Amenities & Features
Discovery Park offers three distinct picnic shelters available for rent, each catering to various capacities and preferences:
- Green Shelter: Accommodates up to 250 guests. Rental fee: $125 per 4-hour time block (9am-2pm or 4-9pm).
- Red Shelter: Hosts up to 150 guests. Rental fee: $90 per 4-hour time block (9am-2pm or 4-9pm).
- Blue Shelter: Suitable for 75 guests. Rental fee: $75 per 4-hour time block (9am-2pm or 4-9pm).
Please note: All shelters come equipped with electricity and charcoal grills, inclusive with paid shelter rentals. Reservations for these shelters can be conveniently made online at any time or by contacting Meridian Parks and Recreation at 208-888-3579 during regular work hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, excluding major holidays). Payment for shelter reservations is required at the time of booking.
Discovery Park is adorned with a multitude of facilities to enhance your experience, including:
- Concessions Stand
- Bike Racks
- Drinking Fountains
- Ample Off-Street Parking
- Open Play Area
- Pathways for Leisure Strolls
- Performance Area Featuring a Shaded Stage
- Specialty Gardens
- Illuminated Ballfields
- Off-Leash Dog Park
The playground area at Discovery Park is a vibrant landscape designed for entertainment and exploration, offering:
- Play Structures for Various Age Groups
- Idaho-Themed Interpretive Panels
- Sand and Water Play Area for Creative Play
- Nature-Themed Photo Stations
- Elements like Climbing Rocks and Walls
- Zip Lines and Roller Slides
- Hidden Creatures to Discover
- Seasonal Splash Pad for Refreshing Fun
Park Phases and Future Developments:
- Phase I of Discovery Park spans 77 acres, with 27 acres currently developed. This phase boasts numerous amenities such as picnic shelters, softball fields, playgrounds, splash pads, concessions stands, off-leash dog areas, stages, educational gardens, and walking paths.
- Phase II anticipates exciting additions to the park, including a bike park, illuminated ball fields, restroom/concession building, a dedicated teen area with a skate park and sand volleyball courts, an active area housing bocce ball courts, tennis and pickleball courts, a 4-yard dash challenge, basketball courts, expanded picnic shelters, paved walking paths, and additional parking. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the completion date for this phase of the park’s construction.
Plan Your Visit
Enjoying the Park:
With an abundance of attractions and activities, visitors are encouraged to plan their day at Discovery Park accordingly. Whether it’s indulging in sports at the Active Area, exploring the bike park, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll amidst the serene pathways, there’s something for everyone.
To stay abreast of any special events, updates, or new additions to the park, follow Discovery Park’s official social media channels or check their website regularly.
To ensure a pleasant experience for all visitors, Discovery Park encourages adherence to community guidelines. Respect fellow visitors, maintain cleanliness, and follow any posted rules or regulations within the park premises.
Ample off-street parking is available for visitors’ convenience. Please observe designated parking areas and be mindful of any posted restrictions.
Plan your visit to Discovery Park and immerse yourself in a world of recreation, community, and natural beauty—a place where every moment promises adventure and cherished memories.