JUMP launches new website ahead of busy Fall programming

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 20:35:37-04

Leaders of the J.R. Simplot Company launched a new website this week for their multi-level JUMP building in downtown Boise.

While the facility is still building up to "full operation mode," there is still plenty to explore.

JUMP, or Jack's Urban Meeting Place, is still technically on a construction site with Simplot's new headquarters going up next door.

But, the lobby is open during certain hours of the week and registration for tours is now being taken.

There are even a set of tours geared around the tractor collection.

J.R. Simplot left behind a legacy that includes his collection of vintage tractors. If it weren't for the predicament of coming up with how to display those tractors, the JUMP building, itself, might not exist today.

Community Engagement Director Kathy O'Neill adds, "That was really his idea to bring the agricultural roots to the valley and to the urban heart of downtown Boise."

Moreover, the tractor collection is what spurred the idea for the JUMP project. The public can learn more about its intent with the launch of their new website

There you can also sign up for e-newsletters so you can stay in the loop on upcoming announcements and events.

Once the headquarters are complete, programming will really pick up in the Fall.

Each floor represents a different learning studio including the themes: Share, make, play, move and inspire.

"We're really a creative center and a community gathering place that's designed to spark new interest and uncover talents that people might not know they have," O'Neill says. "It's all about trying something new and cultivating the potential in all of us."

The JUMP lobby is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can stop in to sign up for one of their guided tours in person or make a reservation online.