The Heart of Meridian
Ask anyone on the street what they love about the City of Meridian and you’ll hear a very consistent message, the people. Despite the rapid growth, residents of Meridian have a strong community spirit, they help one another, are kind, friendly, and welcoming. There’s a small-town, almost rural feel when downtown or at community events. Meridian is a place of belonging, safe, clean, and a great place to raise a family. It’s a place where families ride their bikes to the local snow-cone shack and let their kids play at the park until dusk.
Visible from the freeway that shrieks excitement into the heart of every child (and kid-at-heart) as they drive by is Roaring Springs Water Park, chosen as one of Travel Channels Top U.S. Water Parks. Sitting right next door is Wahooz, offering year-round go-carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, laser tag, bowling, an arcade event center and grill. The Meridian Speedway downtown is another popular summer attraction.
A family favorite place to visit is The Village at Meridian. This outdoor shopping mall features specialty retail stores, restaurants, an upscale movie theater with private seating, a fitness center, and an arcade/ bowling alley. It offers ample outdoor seating, a playground for the kids, and a beautiful fountain showcasing water displays every hour with lights and music. They even turn it into a festive outdoor ice rink in the winter.
Throughout the city are 19 public parks including Settlers Park, which hosts free outdoor movies and live music venues during the summer months. Many of the parks have fun splash pads or swimming pools to cool off during the hot days of summer.
There is the Meridian Youth Farmers Market at the city hall plaza on Saturday mornings from the end of June through September. The market offers locally grown produce, homemade goodies, and handmade arts and crafts.
Meridian is booming with companies, organizations, and industries rapidly growing here. Careful planning and development between the City of Meridian and Idaho State University created Meridian’s Medical Core. This has set in motion Meridian becoming one of the nations elite health and science industry hubs. Meridian is home to Blue Cross of Idaho, St. Luke’s full-service acute care campus, ISU’s Meridian Health Science Center and Idaho’s first medical school, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine or ICOM, which started instruction on August of 2018. ICOM becoming part of Meridian’s Medical Core is exciting in that it will attract a wealth of new business industries, employ more than 90 senior instructors, and train physicians to care for people in a five-state region.
Along with the health and science industry boom, Meridian is the center of retail and commercial development as well. Hundreds of retail merchants, professional services, and recreation venues are seeing the value of doing business in Meridian. It’s easy to attract good employees with its convenient access to 1-84 and Highway 55, the ease and proximity of the outdoors, low-cost of living, excellent schools, and beautiful neighborhoods.
Meridian is a thriving, growing community, centrally located in the Treasure Valley. It’s easy to see why Meridian is the fastest growing city in the state of Idaho.