Discover Meridian, ID

There is something for everyone in Meridian, ID.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 21:27
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Looking for the perfect place to call home? You’d be in good company to consider Meridian — Idaho’s fastest-growing city in terms of population and the tenth-fastest growing community in the nation.

Paws Here

Storey Bark Park is where “Meridian dogs take their people to play,” according to the park’s cleverly curated Facebook page (give them a follow for regular updates and smile-worthy memes). The 2.25-acre park has separate areas for large and small dogs and a variety of ground surfaces, including grass, gravel and synthetic turf. Plus, the area’s paved asphalt walkway is lined with dog-themed street signs.

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Steven R. Paul

Fresh-Air Fabulous

Well-designed parks, connected pathways and diverse recreation opportunities for all citizens are what the Meridian Parks & Recreation Department is all about. Known for its excellent facilities and popular leagues for youth and adults, Meridian has 10 regional parks, nine neighborhood parks and two mini parks at Cox Monument and Fire Station No. 4 Park. In addition, four special-use parks are available at City Hall Plaza, Generations Plaza, Heritage Middle School Ballfields and Jabil Fields.

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Photo Courtesy of Garrett Kerr/Gateway Parks

5 Reasons to Move to Meridian, ID

Residents enjoy a community rich in history, economic prosperity, natural beauty, plus tons of activities to keep you busy year round.

From A(sparagus) to Z(ucchini)

Fresh air and fresh locally grown food are in abundance at Meridian Main Street Market, a longtime popular marketplace that allows area farmers, crafters, artisans and youth to sell their products at Meridian City Hall Plaza on East Broadway Avenue. The market convenes every Saturday from mid-April through mid-October, and its hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is often live music along with fun activities for kids.

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Chad Case

See You at Wahooz

Billed as “Southern Idaho’s Biggest and Best Place for Family Fun,” Wahooz Family Fun Zone features an Indoor Adventure Park and Pinz Bowling Center. The Indoor Adventure Park alone has nine attractions, with rides such as The Twister, The Frog Hopper and The XD Dark Ride, bumper cars, a ropes course, a climbing area with several challenges, laser tag, a photo booth, and a four-level play structure called Ballocity. Pinz offers 24 lanes of bowling, and the complex has mini-golf and an arcade.

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City of Meridian

Bravo, Encore

Meridian Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 30th anniversary during its 2019-2020 performance season. The 70-piece orchestra is led by conductor James Ogle, who oversees the volunteer organization made up of professional and hobbyist musicians. The musicians come from all walks of life and practice weekly. The 30th season was themed “For the Love of It,” in reference to the volunteerism of the musicians.

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Meridian Chamber of Commerce

The 4-1-1 on Meridian

  • History: Meridian’s earliest known inhabitants lived near Five Mile Creek. A school was established in 1885 and the U.S. Postal Service located a mail drop along the railroad line. In 1893, residents founded a chapter of the Order of Odd Fellows, naming its lodge “Meridian” in recognition of the state’s principal surveyor’s meridian, which runs along Meridian Road through town. Meridian was incorporated as a village in 1903 with about 200 residents, and its earliest industries were agricultural, primarily dairy and fruit production. Today, it is a commercial and retail center that has been the state’s fastest growing city since 1994.
  • Getting Around: Conveniently located along Interstate 84, less than 12 minutes from Boise and within similarly short drives to endless outdoor recreation surrounding the city, Meridian can claim location and accessibility as some of its top selling points.
  • Climate: There is enough snow to ski in the winter, gorgeous wildflowers heralding each spring, mild summers perfect for fun on land and water, and all the fall colors.
  • Recreation: Meridian is home to 19 parks, 29 miles at Bogus Basin for skiing, tubing and snowshoeing, 6 types of sports leagues for residents of all ages and 2.25 acres for dogs to play off leash at Storey Bark Park. 
  • By the Numbers: The population of Meridian is 114,680 and resident's median age is 35, with 49% of the population age 34 or younger. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.