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Barber Park Education and Event Center

Boise , ID

LOCATION

4049 S. Eckert Rd.
Boise, ID 83716 US

PHONE

208-577-4576

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.2/5.0
The center is gorgeous, new, and easy to decorate.
The staff are friendly, professional, and responsive.
The center is run by the county which means more restrictions than a private event center. You have to use their alcohol vendor and there are additional restrictions for all other vendors (namely they have to have their insurance checked and be a registered vendor). Also, if you want sparklers you have to get a permit from the county. Finally you have to be done by 9:00 and out by 10:00.
It's super adorable though, and the rental includes tables and chairs (awesome!) also they have you make a layout so they will set up the tables and chairs for you!
So absent the vendor restrictions, this is really a great venue. And it's a wonderful setting for pictures!!!
The center is gorgeous, new, and easy to decorate.
The staff are friendly, professional, and responsive.
The Read more...
The center is gorgeous, new, and easy to decorate.
The staff are friendly, professional, and responsive.
The center is run by the county which means more restrictions than a private event center. You have to use their alcohol vendor and there are additional restrictions for all other vendors (namely they have to have their insurance checked and be a registered vendor). Also, if you want sparklers you have to get a permit from the county. Finally you have to be done by 9:00 and out by 10:00.
It's super adorable though, and the rental includes tables and chairs (awesome!) also they have you make a layout so they will set up the tables and chairs for you!
So absent the vendor restrictions, this is really a great venue. And it's a wonderful setting for pictures!!! Read less
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Arlynn
Wedding:
10/12/2014
4.9/5.0
I was concerned about early negative reviews but clearly things have changed. I found Candy and the event center very helpful and responsive. As we had alcohol there was a security guard but she was very non intrusive and invisible. Chris was on hand to assist w/sound setup and microphones
We were married in front of the beautiful stone fireplace on a chilly October morning The grounds & flowers provided a lovely backdrop for our photos. I would definitely recommend this venue.
I was concerned about early negative reviews but clearly things have changed. I found Candy and the event center very Read more...
I was concerned about early negative reviews but clearly things have changed. I found Candy and the event center very helpful and responsive. As we had alcohol there was a security guard but she was very non intrusive and invisible. Chris was on hand to assist w/sound setup and microphones
We were married in front of the beautiful stone fireplace on a chilly October morning The grounds & flowers provided a lovely backdrop for our photos. I would definitely recommend this venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
From the very first time I emailed Candy, the event coordinator at Barber Park, through our actual wedding day, she was incredibly responsive and timely with getting me answers to my many questions. The event center itself is gorgeous, in a lush riverside setting, and is beautifully maintained. I love that it's so secluded and private - very few of our guests even knew it existed prior to our wedding, and all of them commented on how lovely it was. The only downside to this otherwise perfect place is the limitations due to being operated by the county parks system- closing at 9pm (so early!), and having quite a few restrictions on things that weren't allowed, such as sparklers, etc. Those were fairly easy to navigate around, though, and we found that it was more than worth forgoing a sparkler-exit in order to have such a beautiful setting for our wedding. As a bonus, the cost is reasonable and even includes table/chair setup - however, ONLY inside the building. We must have missed that part of the contract and were scrambling last minute to get the chairs setup outside for our ceremony. All in all, we had a perfect day and would highly recommend!
From the very first time I emailed Candy, the event coordinator at Barber Park, through our actual wedding day, she was Read more...
From the very first time I emailed Candy, the event coordinator at Barber Park, through our actual wedding day, she was incredibly responsive and timely with getting me answers to my many questions. The event center itself is gorgeous, in a lush riverside setting, and is beautifully maintained. I love that it's so secluded and private - very few of our guests even knew it existed prior to our wedding, and all of them commented on how lovely it was. The only downside to this otherwise perfect place is the limitations due to being operated by the county parks system- closing at 9pm (so early!), and having quite a few restrictions on things that weren't allowed, such as sparklers, etc. Those were fairly easy to navigate around, though, and we found that it was more than worth forgoing a sparkler-exit in order to have such a beautiful setting for our wedding. As a bonus, the cost is reasonable and even includes table/chair setup - however, ONLY inside the building. We must have missed that part of the contract and were scrambling last minute to get the chairs setup outside for our ceremony. All in all, we had a perfect day and would highly recommend! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/2/2014
4.3/5.0
This was a beautiful venue for our wedding. I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere for the wedding I was envisioning. The service was wonderful and they set up all the tables for us so we only needed to decorate it on the day. The downside was not having access to the venue to set up the night before, and the process of designing the layout was a little confusing. All in all a wonderful place to get married.
This was a beautiful venue for our wedding. I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere for the wedding I was Read more...
This was a beautiful venue for our wedding. I couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere for the wedding I was envisioning. The service was wonderful and they set up all the tables for us so we only needed to decorate it on the day. The downside was not having access to the venue to set up the night before, and the process of designing the layout was a little confusing. All in all a wonderful place to get married. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/19/2014
2.2/5.0
No Parking. Never was available after 4 to see the Venue.
No Parking. Never was available after 4 to see the Venue.
No Parking. Never was available after 4 to see the Venue. Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
7/11/2014
5.0/5.0
I had the challenge of planning my daughter's wedding reception from out of town and we were lucky enough to have found the Barber Park Event Center. When I called to inquire about details, I spoke to Candy and she was very helpful, outlining the costs and explaining that because it was float season, we would have a per car parking fee. We decided to tally our guests so that we would cover the cost. I was able to secure our date and pay our first installment when we went to tour the venue 2 weeks later. I had proof of coverage from our Homeowner's Policy (required by the first venue we attempted to book) and Candy had their Risk Management department review it. She was very quick to reply that my coverage qualified and that saved us $100 off the contract cost.

The venue itself is beautiful and clean. The floor plan tool (submitted 30 days prior to the event) was a wonderful help and I was thrilled to learn that the tables and chairs are not only included in the cost, but set up by the staff prior to our arrival. (we did choose to upgrade to the wooden chairs at $2 per chair) The first venue I considered would have required rental and delivery fees on tables and chairs, so that was an added savings.

Candy was very quick to reply to any email question I had, and the staff was prompt to open the building on the day of our event. I must compliment Chris, who was there just prior to the reception, asking what needed to be done as if he were one of the family. We needed ice and he was filling the various containers and carrying things from the kitchen to the buffet. I greatly appreciated his help then and at break down time. He brought a rolling cart and loaded it with things that needed to be taken out to the vehicles. We had the entire venue clean and packed in under 1 hour. (tables and chairs were left for staff to remove)

Our event was absolutely wonderful. It was a stress free experience enjoyed by all of our family and friends! I recommend it 100%
I had the challenge of planning my daughter's wedding reception from out of town and we were lucky enough to have found Read more...
I had the challenge of planning my daughter's wedding reception from out of town and we were lucky enough to have found the Barber Park Event Center. When I called to inquire about details, I spoke to Candy and she was very helpful, outlining the costs and explaining that because it was float season, we would have a per car parking fee. We decided to tally our guests so that we would cover the cost. I was able to secure our date and pay our first installment when we went to tour the venue 2 weeks later. I had proof of coverage from our Homeowner's Policy (required by the first venue we attempted to book) and Candy had their Risk Management department review it. She was very quick to reply that my coverage qualified and that saved us $100 off the contract cost.

The venue itself is beautiful and clean. The floor plan tool (submitted 30 days prior to the event) was a wonderful help and I was thrilled to learn that the tables and chairs are not only included in the cost, but set up by the staff prior to our arrival. (we did choose to upgrade to the wooden chairs at $2 per chair) The first venue I considered would have required rental and delivery fees on tables and chairs, so that was an added savings.

Candy was very quick to reply to any email question I had, and the staff was prompt to open the building on the day of our event. I must compliment Chris, who was there just prior to the reception, asking what needed to be done as if he were one of the family. We needed ice and he was filling the various containers and carrying things from the kitchen to the buffet. I greatly appreciated his help then and at break down time. He brought a rolling cart and loaded it with things that needed to be taken out to the vehicles. We had the entire venue clean and packed in under 1 hour. (tables and chairs were left for staff to remove)

Our event was absolutely wonderful. It was a stress free experience enjoyed by all of our family and friends! I recommend it 100% Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
LOVED this venue for my wedding. Everything was gorgeous and they were easier to work with then what I thought based on the other reviews. My husband and I looked at many places before finally selecting Barber Park. For the price, it just cant be beat. Plus its right by the water so it makes for great pictures! Since the venue is City run there are lots of rules, but they are pretty easy to follow.
LOVED this venue for my wedding. Everything was gorgeous and they were easier to work with then what I thought based on Read more...
LOVED this venue for my wedding. Everything was gorgeous and they were easier to work with then what I thought based on the other reviews. My husband and I looked at many places before finally selecting Barber Park. For the price, it just cant be beat. Plus its right by the water so it makes for great pictures! Since the venue is City run there are lots of rules, but they are pretty easy to follow. Read less
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Jourdan
Wedding:
9/6/2013
1.9/5.0
When I found this place I was so excited, my fiancé and I have a tight budget and wanted to get the best location for a good deal. Barber park is beautiful, lots of trees and the building is spacious and pretty. We were going to rent out the patio and building which was a little over 1200. We were happy with the place even though they had a lot of restrictions (only one bar-tending company, parking, etc), so when we had taken a tour I had told the lady we were ready to put a deposit on it. She declined our deposit saying we would have to "apply" online for the date we wanted. I was very confused because at that time we were a year and a half out from our wedding date. Anyways, I emailed Candy a couple weeks later asking how the application process works. She explained that I would have to apply on the date I wanted. I could apply when it was 12:01am. So my fiancé and I waited up on September 5th so we could apply exactly on Sep 6th at 12:01am. So we apply and Candy had informed me that I could call at 8am on the 6th to see if we got the rental. So I call that morning and I don't hear anything until an hour later I get a call saying we didn't get the rental, because we got beat by 2 minutes. I was so mad because I was ready to put a deposit down a couple months earlier but they wouldn't except it. I just think its the most ridiculous system to go by. Candy emailed me recently to say if I wanted another date I would have to go through that process all over again. I will not be doing that all over again, it's a waste of time.
When I found this place I was so excited, my fiancé and I have a tight budget and wanted to get the best location for a Read more...
When I found this place I was so excited, my fiancé and I have a tight budget and wanted to get the best location for a good deal. Barber park is beautiful, lots of trees and the building is spacious and pretty. We were going to rent out the patio and building which was a little over 1200. We were happy with the place even though they had a lot of restrictions (only one bar-tending company, parking, etc), so when we had taken a tour I had told the lady we were ready to put a deposit on it. She declined our deposit saying we would have to "apply" online for the date we wanted. I was very confused because at that time we were a year and a half out from our wedding date. Anyways, I emailed Candy a couple weeks later asking how the application process works. She explained that I would have to apply on the date I wanted. I could apply when it was 12:01am. So my fiancé and I waited up on September 5th so we could apply exactly on Sep 6th at 12:01am. So we apply and Candy had informed me that I could call at 8am on the 6th to see if we got the rental. So I call that morning and I don't hear anything until an hour later I get a call saying we didn't get the rental, because we got beat by 2 minutes. I was so mad because I was ready to put a deposit down a couple months earlier but they wouldn't except it. I just think its the most ridiculous system to go by. Candy emailed me recently to say if I wanted another date I would have to go through that process all over again. I will not be doing that all over again, it's a waste of time. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We really enjoyed having our wedding here! It was the perfect place.. So beautiful and Candy was so easy to work with. She really made the process easy and was always there to answer any questions we had. It was a reasonable price for such a beautiful location! We couldn't be more happy with the place we chose for our wedding day:)
We really enjoyed having our wedding here! It was the perfect place.. So beautiful and Candy was so easy to work with. She Read more...
We really enjoyed having our wedding here! It was the perfect place.. So beautiful and Candy was so easy to work with. She really made the process easy and was always there to answer any questions we had. It was a reasonable price for such a beautiful location! We couldn't be more happy with the place we chose for our wedding day:) Read less
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Kelsey
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.3/5.0
For me, it was so important to be able to have my wedding ceremony outdoors with a very close indoor reception area. This was the perfect venue for that and a great value as it includes tables and chairs. The only unfortunately part about this location is the curfew. It is a little early if you have a young wedding party and guest list. That being said, we just planned something downtown so everyone could celebrate together.
For me, it was so important to be able to have my wedding ceremony outdoors with a very close indoor reception area. This Read more...
For me, it was so important to be able to have my wedding ceremony outdoors with a very close indoor reception area. This was the perfect venue for that and a great value as it includes tables and chairs. The only unfortunately part about this location is the curfew. It is a little early if you have a young wedding party and guest list. That being said, we just planned something downtown so everyone could celebrate together. Read less
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