521 Grove Street
A partnership between Capital City Development Corp. (CCDC), Boise Parks and Recreation, and the Boise City Department of Arts & History to bring a new public space to downtown that celebrates the history of the Old Boise Neighborhood.
About the Project
In January 2022, CCDC purchased a 0.21-acre parcel located at 521 W. Grove Street to create a public park space that celebrates the multicultural aspects of the Old Boise Neighborhood. The new public space, as envisioned by the Old Boise community, would potentially provide an area where people can enjoy the outdoors, gather for community events and street festivals on the adjacent Basque Block, and learn about and connect with the multi-cultural and historic richness of one of Boise’s oldest neighborhoods.
The Old Boise Blocks on Grove Street is an area of the Old Boise neighborhood on the east side of downtown where focused investment—both public and private—is underway. Several new residential buildings have been completed adjacent to the new park’s location, bringing residents back to the neighborhood. Additionally, a new hotel and commercial spaces have been built nearby. The new park space will serve as a public amenity and gathering place for nearby residents, employees, and visitors to downtown Boise.
CCDC is leading the development of this public space in partnership with the Boise Parks and Recreation Department, which will take over long-term ownership of the site once it’s completed. The Boise City Department of Arts & History will lead the public art process, including the call for artists and the selection of a final artist to create a piece for the new public space.
The Boise City Department of Arts & History is currently inviting artists to submit qualification for the public art piece. For more information please visit Arts & History’s website. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, October 31, 2023.
Karl Woods is the project manager on this project.