Grand Opening of Discovery Park Phase II has been postponed until this Friday, October 27, at 12:00 pm.
The City of Meridian will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 27, from Noon to 2:00 pm, to officially open the second phase of Discovery Park, Meridian’s newest regional park located in south Meridian. Remarks and the ribbon cutting will begin at approximately 12:00 pm. Discovery Park is located at 2121 E. Lake Hazel Road, between Eagle and Locust Grove Roads.
This expansion of Discovery Park, which broke ground in 2022, more than doubles the size of the existing park, bringing its total size to approximately 64 acres.
The park’s new amenities include an Active Area featuring six pickleball courts and two tennis courts dual-striped for pickleball; bocce ball courts; a 40-yard dash challenge; and basketball courts. The park’s Teen Area has a skatepark, a sand volleyball court, hammock poles, and a shelter with WiFi. Additional new attractions include a bike park and pump track; three additional softball fields (two of which will be illuminated); public art pieces and artisan-made benches; picnic shelters; a restroom/concession building; paved walking paths; more than 500 additional parking spaces; and room for a future community garden.
Amenities & Features
Picnic Shelters available to rent:
- Green Shelter – Capacity of 50 – Rental fee is $125 per 4-hour time block (9am-2pm or 4-9pm)
- Red Shelter – Capacity of 30 – Rental fee is $90 per 4-hour time block (9am-2pm or 4-9pm)
- Blue Shelter – Capacity of 30 – Rental fee if $75 per 4-hour time block (9am-2pm or 4-9pm)
Note: All shelters have electricity and charcoal grills that are included with paid shelter rentals.
Picnic Shelters can be reserved online at any time or by calling Meridian Parks and Recreation at 208-888-3579 during regular work hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, excluding major holidays). Shelter reservations must be paid for at time of reservation.
General Areas: Concessions Stand, Restrooms, Bike Racks, Drinking Fountains, Off-Street Parking, Open Play Area, Pathway, Performance Area with Shaded Stage, Specialty Gardens, Illuminated Ballfields, Off-Leash Dog Park
Playground Features: Play Structure, Toddler Play Structure, Idaho-Themed Interpretive Panels, Sand and Water Play Area, Nature-Themed Photo Station, Climbing Rocks, Climbing Wall, Zip Lines, Roller Slides, Hidden Creatures, Sand and Water Play Area, Splash Pad (seasonal)
Discovery Park Phase I includes a total of 77 acres, 27 of which are currently developed. The developed area of the park includes three picnic shelters, two softball fields, a playground, climbing wall and boulders, splash pad, sand/water play area, concessions stand, off-leash dog area, stage and event lawn, educational gardens, and walking paths. Phase II of Discovery Park will include several new park amenities, including: a bike park and pump track; illuminated ball fields; restroom/concession stand building; teen area with skate park, hammock poles, and sand volleyball; an active area with bocce ball court, tennis and pickleball courts, a 4-yard dash challenge, and a basketball court; picnic shelters; paved walking paths; and additional parking. A completion date for this phase of the park’s construction has yet to be announced.