Discover Meridian’s Newest Park
Meridian Welcomes Discovery Park with a Grand Opening Celebration
Story by Veronica LeMaster
Photos by Emma Thompson
Meridian, it’s time. We’ve all been patiently waiting for the first phase of the new South Meridian regional park to be completed, and on July 27, our wait is over.
Phase I will be opening this summer, offering about 27 of the projected 77 acres of the beautiful park. Those 77 acres are what make Discovery Park the largest projected park in Meridian once completed.
The park is located between S. Locust Grove and S. Eagle Road on E. Lake Hazel Road, and is designed to serve larger groups and community events. Other regional parks in Meridian include Settlers Park and Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park.
The grand opening of Discovery Park will begin on Friday, July 26 at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony for Phase I of the park.
The Grand Opening Ceremony, which allows visitors to explore the new park, will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited to discover what Phase I has to offer while enjoying music, delicious food from food trucks, and free ice cream at noon. Be sure to bring the whole family as there will be activities for everyone to enjoy throughout the day!
Discovery Park holds many unique amenities that separates itself from any other park in Idaho. Some of the most unique amenities you can find at the park include a climbing wall in the shape of our state, a sand and water play area, and a destination playground with hidden critters, dual ziplines for kids to race on, roller slides, and other play features.
Other amenities include a zero-depth Splash Pad with above ground features, a 1.2 acre fenced off-leash dog park that divides small and large dogs, two lit softball fields, three picnic shelters that can be rented by the public, an event area with a shaded band shell for events and performances, and three specialty gardens where visitors can learn about plants.
“In short, there will be something for everyone in this park,” Shelly Houston, Marketing Coordinator for Meridian Parks and Recreation, said.
Being so unique, the park is projected to live up to its name and overall theme: discovery.
“The discovery theme means that the park emphasizes hands-on experiential learning and play,” Houston said. “One example is that the panels on the playground will feature Idaho symbols, such as the State Flower, State Bird, State Tree, etc. The other side of the panel will depict other native Idaho flowers, birds, trees, etc.”
The construction of Phase I, along with soft costs which includes design, architecture and engineering, material testing and inspections, etc. was approximately $8.3 million.
The community can expect planning for Phase II in 2020, which is planned to follow the same 10-year period time frame as Settlers Park in Meridian.
For more information about the Grand Opening Celebration or Discovery Park, visit