Frequently Asked Questions

When was The Grove Plaza originally constructed?

The Grove Plaza was completed in December, 1986. You can visit our History page to see a detailed outline of the plaza’s past

Does The Grove Plaza close?

The plaza is a public space that is always open. During private events portions of the plaza may be closed to public use; however public passage through the Grove Plaza along the 8th Street corridor is maintained.

Can I have an event at The Grove Plaza?

Yes, scheduling of The Grove Plaza is managed by Boise Centre. If you are interested in holding an event at The Grove Plaza, click here for more information.     

Who owns The Grove Plaza?

Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) owns The Grove Plaza. CCDC is Boise’s Redevelopment Agency. For more information about CCDC click here.

Why is the Plaza being renovated?

After nearly 30 years of use and enjoyment, The Grove Plaza is in need of a major renovation. The fountain has routine maintenance issues, many of the trees are in decline, and the brick paving is breaking and buckling. Construction of the Valley Regional Transit’s Main Street Station underneath portions of the Plaza has caused significant disturbance to the public space.  The need for repairs, the desire for enhancements, and the current construction activity present an opportunity to complete the renovation in conjunction with the surrounding redevelopment. The result will be a plaza designed for the new environment surrounding it for another 30 years of public use and enjoyment.

Why is the Plaza being renovated?

After nearly 30 years of use and enjoyment, The Grove Plaza is in need of a major renovation. The fountain has routine maintenance issues, many of the trees are in decline, and the brick paving is breaking and buckling. Construction of the Valley Regional Transit’s Main Street Station underneath portions of the Plaza has caused significant disturbance to the public space. The need for repairs, the desire for enhancements, and the current Construction activity present an opportunity to complete the renovation in conjunction with the surrounding redevelopment. The result being a plaza designed for the new circumstances surrounding it and built for another 30 years of public use and enjoyment.

When will the renovation be complete?

The renovation schedule is being coordinated with the other construction projects taking place adjacent to The Grove Plaza including City Center Plaza, Main Street Station, and the Boise Centre expansion which are anticipated to be complete by the end of 2016.

How can I get my name on a brick?

Visit the Buy a Brick page to secure your place in downtown Boise History!

What events happen at The Grove Plaza?

The Grove Plaza hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Visit the Event Calendar to see a schedule of upcoming events.

Is there WiFi at The Grove Plaza?

Free internet access will be available to the public at The Grove Plaza after the 2016 renovation is complete.

What type of public engagement did CCDC conduct before moving forward with The Grove Plaza renovation?

CCDC spent months conducting public engagement and stakeholder input sessions. A public survey yielded over 500 responses and CCDC staff met with stakeholder groups for 11 months prior to construction. CCDC, with help from the local Boise firm, CSHQA, and the Portland-based firm, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF), prepared design plans based off of this input.

The amount of positive input and great ideas we received from the community is a testament of how important The Grove Plaza is to residents, businesses, and visitors of downtown Boise,” said John Brunelle, Executive Director of CCDC. “This renovation is about enhancing and improving the elements of The Grove Plaza we all know and love, as well as adding features to make it an even better gathering place.”

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