Boise’s Municipal Park was renamed in honor of three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong today; it’ll now be Kristin Armstrong Municipal Park. Hundreds gathered at the park today to honor Armstrong, in an event dubbed “Kristin’s Gold Games,” a celebration in which kids could compete in various games and win their own gold medals – presented by Armstrong herself.
“We thought hard about a proper recognition for Kristin’s accomplishments,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. “None seemed quite bit enough for such a great achievement – until we landed on this. I think it’s perfect.”
The renaming brings the shady, 28-acre park along the Boise River – one of the city’s oldest and most popular, created in 1918 – in line with the string of city parks along the river and Greenbelt that are named after prominent Boise women, including Julia Davis Park, Ann Morrison Park, Kathryn Albertson Park and more. The city calls the string of parks its “ribbon of jewels.”
The city also announced today the naming of the Kristin Armstrong Children’s Bike Trail, a 0.6-mile, gently rolling mountain bike trail at Boise Hills Park that’s suitable for kids 12 and under. When Armstrong won her first gold medal for cycling at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she was awarded the key to the city and an eight-mile stretch of Bogus Basin Road, where Armstrong trains, was named the Kristin Armstrong Bikeway. In 2012, after she won a second gold at the London Olympics, the city created the Kristin Armstrong Youth Scholarship fund for children to participate in city youth activities.
Bieter said of the park naming, “The pride we’ve all felt each time Kristin won will be forever memorialized here in the name of this park. Future generations of Boiseans will always know her name, her accomplishments and her meaning to our community.”