BOISE - 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.
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