Sportsman Park

Located on Broadway just south of the Broadway bridge and next to Key Bank.


On the East side of the park next to Key bank is a small gazebo that hangs over the water.  It has four picnic tables and there is electrical access on nearby poles and bathrooms. There is a walking bridge that goes across the river to the island. The island has a two small decks that can be rented.  Both the upper deck, and the lower deck (with the friendship garden) can be reserved for $75.00 per day.  Note:  The lower deck has no electricity.  On the west side of the park close to the hotel, is a deck area referred to as "Jensens Overlook". This can also be rented for $75.00 per day. Rent the whole island for weddings, receptions, etc. for $500.00 per day.


                                 Contact Parks & Recreation at (208) 612-8580 to make reservations.





                 The Gazebo can be rented for $75.00 per day.

                 The Upper Deck on the Island can be rented for $75.00 per day.

                 The Westside Deck closest to the hotel can be rented for $75.00 per day.

                 The Friendship Garden lower deck can be rented for $75.00 per day.

                 Rent the whole island for weddings, receptions, etc. for $500.00 per day.









The Friendship Garden

The Friendship Garden is located on a rocky island in the Snake River in the heart of Idaho Falls.  The island is historically important as the site of the first bridge to span the Snake River in Eastern Idaho.  The garden was developed to celebrate thirty years of associating with our Japanese sister city, Tokai-Mura, and to encourage friendship with peoples throughout the world.

The Friendship Garden contains a traditional Japanese garden gate, many water features, a v iewing platform, a deck, a “Dragon's Path” across a pond and the large Japanese lantern given to the city by Tokai-Mura.  The many features have been built by volunteers who have donated about 5000 hours of their time to these projects. In the spring of 2013, the volunteers plan to build a tea pavilion complete with traditional surrounding landscape on the upper level of the garden.


 Contact Judy Seydel (  for donation or volunteer information.