- Boise City
- Boise's Municipal Park was renamed the Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park at a celebration Aug. 28.
Updated Post Aug. 29:
At a community celebration honoring three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong Aug. 28, Boise city officials took the opportunity to make the well wishes permanent—renaming Municipal Park, where the celebration was held, after the local athlete.
"The pride we've all felt each time Kristin won will forever be memorialized here in the name of this park," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "Future generations of Boiseans will always know her name, her accomplishments and her meaning to our community."
The newly dubbed Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park sits on a 28-acre parcel beside the Boise River in Boise's East End neighborhood. It was created in 1918 as a campground for tourists to the City of Trees, and purchased by the city in 1927. It's one of many riverside parks named after prominent women, including Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park and Katherine Albertson Park.
Armstrong has long been a major supporter of bicycling in Boise, and her athletic achievements have garnered her some of the highest honors the city can bestow, including the Key to the City after she won gold in the 2008 Olympic Women's Time Trials event in Beijing and the creation of a scholarship fund in her name—the Kristin Armstrong Youth Scholarship—after her 2012 London Olympic gold medal win in the same event.
- Photo By DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
- Kristin Armstrong competing in the London 2012 Olympic time trial event.
The city of Boise is going all out to welcome home three-time Olympic champion Kristin Armstrong.
The festivities, set to take place Sunday, Aug. 28, from 1-4 p.m. at Municipal Park, will include speeches by community leaders like Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and emceed by KTVB-TV's Mark Johnson.
If all that civic pride makes you hungry, hot dogs, fruit, baked potatoes, yogurt and water will be available for free.
For the kids, there will be a slew of activities like capture the flag, dodgeball, face painting, relays, "giant Jenga" and parachute games. Winners will be awarded gold medals by Armstrong herself.
The city encourages attendees to come to the park by bike in honor of Armstrong's latest win. Boise Bicycle Project will provide a bike corral.
Parking for motorists will be available at the Idaho Fish and Game's MK Nature Center near the north side of the park.
Armstrong, who lives in Boise, brought home her third Olympic gold medal in the Women's Time Trial event in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 10. Her previous wins were in 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. She has also won two gold medals in the Women's Cycling World Championships time trial.