Public Spaces Program

The City of Boise is dedicated to enhancing the public realm in all its forms. The Mobility and Public Spaces team focuses on creating welcoming and inclusive public spaces in all areas of the city. By reimagining and activating public spaces like streets, streetscapes, plazas, and pathways, the Mobility and Public Spaces Program is committed to ensuring vibrant and active spaces are accessible to all.

Creating people-focused public spaces offers a variety of benefits to Boiseans and supports the city's mobility, safety, economic and environmental goals. Expanding Boise's great public spaces, like the 8th street corridor supports local businesses and provides a comfortable place for people to connect, socialize, and experience the community and outdoor spaces.

What is a Public Space?

Public space is space that is open and accessible to the public. There are different types of public spaces, ranging from indoor spaces like libraries or museums, to outdoor spaces like pathways, parks and plazas. Streets and sidewalks are also public spaces, serving the primary purpose of mobility and connection to destinations. Multiple departments at the City of Boise and partner agencies play an important role in creating and maintaining great public spaces for Boiseans to enjoy. The Mobility and Public Spaces Program focuses primarily on the following public space initiatives:

  • Planning, design and engagement for city-owned or priority public space projects, including 8th Street, first-mile, last-mile connections and safety enhancements.
  • Pedestrian streets and public space activation programs.
  • Providing design recommendations and guidance for public realm projects.

Current Public Space Projects and Programs

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