Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Submit Your Ideas on City Hall Plaza Redesign Today

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 3:02 PM

From noon to 7 p.m. July 16, the Boise City Council and Mayor Dave Bieter are inviting the public to stop by City Hall and offer suggestions on the plaza's renovation before the redesign work begins later this summer.

The open house is taking place in the front of City Hall (150 N. Capitol Blvd.) and it's complete with poster boards of what other communities have done with their city halls. City staff and design team members are present to answer questions and lead creative discussions with residents at the top of every hour. 

Kids 12 and younger are also encouraged to draw their own posters of what they imagine the City Hall plaza space could be like. The best poster will win two all-day tickets to Roaring Springs Waterpark. A news release from the city of Boise states one goal of the project is to capture "the spirit of our youth."

"We're starting with a blank canvas and creating an urban park," Council Member Lauren McLean said in the press release. "We envision the plaza as a central public space that beckons all Boise residents and reflects our great civic identity."

Boiseians have been in the redesign process almost every step of the way, including earlier this spring when they got to comment on several public art proposals for the area, displayed at the Sesqui-Shop. Citizens left more than 3,000 comments, and ultimately settled on a sculpture by local architecture firm CTY Studio and environmental planning and design company Ecosystem Sciences, titled "Terrain, Civics, Ecology."

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