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Grove Plaza reopens June 7 with new fountain, upgrades, Shook Twins concert

The new fountain is getting warmed up at The Grove Plaza.
The new fountain is getting warmed up at The Grove Plaza. Statesman file

The Grove Plaza will make a bigger-than-normal splash when the 31st season of Alive After Five kicks off June 7.

Not only is it opening day for the Downtown Boise Association’s free summer concert series, it’s also the grand reopening of the plaza at 826 W. Main St. It’s been under renovation since 2016.

Festivities will last almost four hours. Schedule: 4:15 p.m. official welcome; 4:25 p.m. guitarist-singer Ned Evett; 5 p.m. rededication ceremony of new Grove Plaza fountain; 5:15 p.m. singer-songwriter Steve Fulton; 6:15 to 8 p.m.: Portland band Shook Twins.

The revamped plaza will include lots of improvements: more shade (thanks to large umbrellas), upgraded, moveable tables and chairs, plus new public restrooms.

Shook Twins, led by Idaho-raised identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook, have performed at Alive After Five in the past. Their jammy, eccentric groove-folk will energize an already-festive atmosphere.

But let’s be honest. This grand reopening celebration is all about the $750,000 new fountain. It replaces an iconic water display that had been there since 1990.

As long as this extravagant sprinkler encourages children to toss water at each other with beer cups, it shall suffice. But the pricetag indicates that it will be significantly more versatile than that. And interactive.

It promises to be a fun, eye-opening Wednesday.

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