JUMP open house draws huge crowd

Posted at 6:37 PM, Dec 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-13 20:37:02-05

The latest addition to Boise's skyline is nearing completion.

JUMP, or Jack's Urban Meeting Place, opened its doors to the public Sunday.

The idea behind this project is to bring people together and to create an inspirational environment.

"There's really nothing quite like JUMP anywhere," says Kathy O'Neill, JUMP community engagement director.

Perhaps, that is why so many people literally jumped at the chance to check out the facility.

"I think that creativity always breeds passion and new exciting things in Boise," says Patricia Bowen, who toured the facility Sunday. "And, I think some of the best things in Boise come from creativity."

The ground was first broken for the six-story building that rests on top of a parking garage in Jan. 2012.

The project was created by the J.R. Simplot Foundation. It houses a kitchen studio, multi-media studio and movement studio, to name a few.

Once the JUMP website is up and running sometime this spring, individuals and groups will be able to register for classes and programs online.

"No one organization will ever call JUMP home but it will be an opportunity for organizations to come and go, to showcase their own unique programs here that align with our mission of inspiration," O'Neill says.

The interactive creative center and community gathering place in the heart of downtown Boise will be the first thing visitors see.

Those who are getting a close up look at what all the building has to offer are excited to see what role the building will play in shaping the future of boise.

"Creative jobs, often times, are the ones that end up making people the happiest, in my opinion," Bowen says. "So, I think it will be a great way to add more meaning to life for Boise citizens."

There are two more open houses slated this month. They are on Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. The hours are from 1-5 p.m.