Meridian is a city located in Ada County in US state of Idaho. It is the 3rd-largest city in the state of Idaho. As of 2010, the population of Meridian was 75,092, and a 2014 estimate placed the population at approximately 85,000.
Having recently surpassed the eastern Idaho cities of Pocatello and Idaho Falls, the 2010 census placed Meridian as the third-largest city in Idaho behind Boise and Nampa, all in the Treasure Valley. Meridian is the state's fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000
|Nickname(s): The Center of the Treasure Valley|
|Motto: "Built for business ...designed for living"|
Location in Ada County and the state of Idaho
The Meridian Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary season in 2009-2010.
Art is on display in the Initial Point Gallery on the third floor of the Meridian City Hall. The gallery is open to the public with free admission.
Roaring Springs is a large water park near the Meridian I-84 exit. Wahooz is a large family entertainment complex open year-round featuring go carts, bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, laser tag, bowling, an arcade and grill.
The Village at Meridian is an outdoor shopping mall that opened in October of 2013. It is home to retail stores, restaurants, a movie theater, a fittness center, arcade/bowling, and an outdoor ice rink (winter). There is outdoor seating and a playground surrouning a fountain that has a show every hour with lights and music. The Village at Meridian is located on Eagle Rd and Fairview Ave.
The city's Parks and Rec department manages 17 public parks throughout Meridian including Meridian Settlers Regional Park which hosts free outdoor movies during the summer months.
The Meridian Speedway lies within city limits directly south of Old Town Meridian.
Meridian shares boundaries with the two largest cities in Idaho, Boise, ID to the east and Nampa, ID to the west. Therefore, residents of Meridian often take advantage of the recreation and sports opportunities in those cities.
Eagle Island State Park is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Meridian and includes a man-made lake with a beach, equestrian and hiking trails, fishing, and a water slide. The Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is south of Meridian.
During the summer months of May through September, the place to be on Thursday evenings is the Meridian Urban Market, also known as MUM by locals. This open-air Downtown Meridian urban market provides a neighborhood farmer's market, artisan market, food-tasting, local art, live music and a beer and wine garden. MUM allows locals and visitors to engage in the local community life while also providing a long-term opportunity to foster urban development.