Boise Parks and Recreation celebrated the new Rotary Grand Plaza in Julia Davis Park Thursday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The plaza was envisioned as part of a design competition in 2006 as the park was preparing for its century celebration.

It is located between the rose garden and Zoo Boise and creates a central gathering place in the park.

Diane Davis Myklegard is the great-granddaughter of Julia Davis. Along with the Second Century Coalition and rotary clubs around the area, she raised $150,000 towards construction of the plaza.

"Whenever you start a project like this, you think how in the world is this going to be?" said Myklegard. "But there is a force and I feel Julia all the time. She wanted this to be more than it was."

The plaza features a 4-foot diameter bronze medallion that includes a seed and roots signifying the beginning of the city of Boise and the park.

Other design elements are a reminder of the apple orchards that covered the land before the creation of Julia Davis Park.