“Boise’s growing. We’ve been in a parking lot for a long time and surface-level parking lots are going away," Festival Director Eric Gilbert said.
For a decade, Treefort used a parking lot on Grove and 12th Street in downtown Boise as the Treefort Main Stage area, but now that parking lot is under construction to become an apartment complex according to their website.
“In collaboration with the city and the parks department we came to the decision that Julia Davis park would be a really great home for us," Gilbert said. "I love it because of the history of Julia Davis park, it’s right at the capital and the river. It’s kind of foundational to the history of Boise.”
Treefort will continue to use many of the existing pop-up venues throughout downtown Boise, but according to their website, "moving the Main Stage to Julia Davis Park means we will also relocate many of the forts and free programming that happens around Main Stage, all of which will be centralized within adjacent areas of the park."
“Part of the park is going to be things like Ale Fort, and Kid Fort that is all open to the public, and part of the park will be our main stage area that you'll have to have a pass to get into so we’ll work with fencing and other means to control those different spaces," Gilbert said.
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In addition, moving the venue to Julia Davis Park gives Treefort the opportunity to work with new partners, including the Davis Family, Zoo Boise, Boise Parks & Recreation and the cultural sites near the park.
“This is nothing new to what we do. We do very large-scale events in parks, multi-day, large-scale events with a large number of participants that come and go in the parks," Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.
With the Zoo so close to the new main stage location, Treefort and the Parks and Recreation department worked together to make sure the festival would not impose any danger to the animals.
"We've asked them for examples of what different decibel levels will be. We’ve found a location inside the park where the stage will be far enough away from the Zoo, so not only enough of a buffer between the stage and the zoo but there are also some plans to put up other buffers in between the zoo and the back portion of the stage," Hollway said.
The next Treefort Music Fest, Treefort 11, is March 22-26th 2023. For more information, click here.