Toxic algae closes pond at Esther Simplot Park
The Boise Parks and Recreation Department is closing Pond number 2 at Esther Simplot Park, after finding an algae species known to be toxic if consumed.
Pond No. 2 is the smaller of the two ponds at Esther Simplot Park. It is located west of the main pond and doesn't have a beach area. The department says this pond sees much less recreational use than the larger main pond.
Signs are being posted to alert park users of the closure. City leaders say nobody should swim or wade in the pond. They're also warning users to keep children and pets away from the water.
At this point, park managers are not closing the main pond at Esther Simplot Park, or nearby Quinn's Pond.
Parks and Rec says the algal blooms were detected early, and staff members are working to get rid of them through chemical treatments. Pond No. 2 will remain closed until it's cleared of dangerous levels of algae.
The City of Boise says it is not uncommon for conditions to develop in ponds during the summer heat.