A new bocce ball court and putting green recently went in right in the heart of Downtown Boise.
The plaza between the Wells Fargo Center and Grove Plaza long sat mostly empty, filled with grass, trees and a few walkways.
But building owner Oppenheimer Development Corp. wanted to add a little life to the area. The unique plaza is framed on one side by the triangular shape of the Wells Fargo Center, with the Grove on the other side.
“Over the last few years we had planned on making some updates to our green space to help activate it,” Oppenheimer Development Corporation’s Coby Barlow told BoiseDev. “Last year with the pandemic we thought it was a great time to make these changes to offer an outside place for our tenants to meet for lunches and team building activities or just a place to relax for a few minutes.”
Crews built out the improvements in recent weeks. Oppenheimer also purchased ladder golf and cornhole sets, and some park-style tables.
“We plan on making some permanent pads in closer to the trees so the tables are shaded and updating some of the ground cover and vegetation,” Barlow said.
The amenities sit on private property and Wells Fargo Center tenants will get preference. But Barlow said he expects the public may use them in off hours. A new concierge service will manage the area.
Oppenheimer built the 11-story building for First Interstate Bank in 1988, one of the first high-profile buildings built downtown in several years. It helped serve as a catalyst for improvements to the area after the city’s urban renewal agency tried and failed to attract a mall to Downtown Boise. It opened just about a year after the Grove Plaza, and in the same timeframe as the Boise Centre on the Grove.