The Boise City Hall plaza redesign will begin later this summer. In the meantime, the city wants public input on the renovation.
The city is hosting an open house from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 in the current plaza area at City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
Attendees will be able to see poster boards featuring similar renovation projects in other communities. They will be able to submit their own thoughts and ideas. At the beginning of each hour starting at 1 p.m., staffers will lead open discussions where residents can share their ideas with others.
City leaders also want to include young voices in the discussion. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to draw posters of what they would like to see in the plaza space. The creator of the best poster will win two all-day passes to Roaring Springs. "We’re starting with a blank canvas and creating an urban park," said Council Member Lauren McLean. "We envision the plaza as a central public space that beckons all Boise residents and reflects our great civic identity."
The plaza renovation is the last part of the City Hall code upgrade project. Regardless of the renovation, the plaza needs structural work meet current seismic codes and to repair leaking waterproofing that protects the parking structure below.