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PHOTO: Rendering of Downtown Boise Foundation's "Glide on Grove" square skate rink surrounding the Holiday Tree in the center of The Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise.

Downtown Boise’s newest planned attraction, Glide on Grove, is an all inclusive, and completely FREE activity for the entire community to enjoy. The skate rink will encompass the City of Boise’s holiday tree each year from Thanksgiving weekend through the last Sunday in January, creating a magical, seasonal destination for all.

Downtown Boise Foundation (DBF) announces plans for a winter skate rink planned for the heart of Downtown Boise. ‘Glide on Grove,’ as the rink has been named, is slated to surround the City of Boise Holiday Tree in The Grove Plaza.

“This is a project that has been years in the making,” said Jenn Hensley, president and executive director of Downtown Boise Foundation. “It is thrilling to be able to provide a place downtown where all can find a new adventure, come together and experience joy with accessible activities—both now and for years to come.”

The anticipated, one-time costs for construction and development of the skate rink plus first year of operations total $445,000. Downtown Boise Foundation has worked closely with community businesses and organizations like the City of Boise, the Parks & Recreation Department, and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health to reach that goal. Currently, Downtown Boise Foundation is working to raise the final $150,000 to make ‘Glide on Grove’ come to life.

“We're excited to support Glide on Grove because it encourages physical activity during the winter. This free amenity will give Idaho families a fun, healthy activity to try when they visit Downtown Boise,” said Kendra Witt-Doyle, Executive Director, Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health.

“As a placemaking organization, we are committed to keeping Downtown Boise free and accessible to all,” said Moya Shatz Dolsby, Downtown Boise Foundation board vice president. “We wanted to guarantee there were no barriers for any community member to experience the joy of the season at the skate rink. Full funding ensures this exciting downtown activity is accessible and completely free for all Boise visitors and guests, including free skate rentals and skate time.”

Glide on Grove is scheduled to run from Thanksgiving weekend 2023 through the final Sunday in January 2024. Once materials are constructed, Downtown Boise will have the marginal operation costs covered to bring the rink back year after year. The planned rink will be an approximately 75’ square space surrounding the City of Boise’s Holiday Tree in The Glove Plaza. Rather than temperature-dependent ice, the rink will be made from a synthetic material that is used just like ice yet has low-maintenance needs and enables the rink to provide family-friendly winter recreation into Downtown Boise for an expected 10-year life span.

“I am grateful for Downtown Boise’s vision and commitment to making this community-focused centerpiece come to life,” said Boise Mayor Lauren McLean. “The winter season is so special in Boise, especially around the holidays, and a great time to enjoy all that downtown has to offer. Having Glide on Grove activating downtown will give our residents another opportunity to get outside and be active, while also supporting the local businesses that make Boise shine.”

To sponsor the Skate Rink, please contact DBF Executive DirectorJenn Hensley at
(208)999-9999 or

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2023 Glide on Grove is possible thanks to these Sponsors:





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Glide on Grove is operated by Downtown Boise Foundation a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Glide on Grove strives to be accessible and accommodating to all downtown visitors and event attendees. This event provides accessible bathrooms, wheelchair access and most furniture are movable. Please find the event manager on site during the event to answer questions or assist with accessibility needs. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Accessible parking stalls can be found throughout downtown and in the nearby public parking garages. For individual questions about our event accessibility or for advanced accommodation requests related to a disability, please email