Park and Rec improvements underway, through park district, grants, CDBG funds

Work will soon be underway for renovations to the Electric City Bathhouse.

Last week, the City Commission approved a $617,400 contract to Wadsworth Builders Company, Inc. to upgrade the facility that was originally built in 1936.
Park district projects underway

The cost will be offset in part by $282,233.50 in Community Development Block Grant funds that were also approved by the commission last week.

The project includes:

  • improved ADA accessibility from the parking area into the facility;
  • restoration of the failing historic stucco façade and repointing of existing masonry;
  • restoration of the existing historic window frames and glazing;
  • minor roof work and removal of existing roof top fans;
  • addition of an accessible check-in counter for customers and staff;
  • renovation of both locker rooms to improve locker and changing functions and to include family changing rooms and hand washing facilities;
  • renovation of toilet and shower areas to meet ADA accessibility with fixture counts, types and space;
  • addition of new wall and ceiling finishes in both locker rooms, and preparation and repainting of existing wall and ceiling paint not covered with new fiberglass reinforced panels; and
  • addition of a family restroom.

City seeking CDBG priorities feedback; approves $282K for water park bathhouse renovation

The bathhouse project was identified in the 2016 Park Master Plan. During the mast plan process, there were multiple public meetings, surveys, focus groups and more. The public identified as highly valued and ranked it as the third most important park and rec facility, behind walking and biking trails and small neighborhood parks.
Water park bath house renovation opens for bids next week

The master plan identified $12.6 million in deferred maintenance in park and rec facilities that should be addressed within one to five years. The city then pursued a park maintenance assessment to pay for those improvements and the option that went to the ballot was for $1.5 million annually for the first three years.
Grant funds considered for bath house improvements at water park

Some of those funds will be used for the bathhouse project, though more CDBG funding could be used toward that project as well. Other park district funds are currently being used for improvements at the Multi Sports complex.

Last week, the commission also approved a $17,000 professional services agreement with L’Heureux Page Werner Architecture for renovations of the Gibson Park restrooms.

Earlier this month, Park and Rec director Steve Herrig told the Park and Rec Advisory Board that the Gibson Park restroom project includes accessibility improvements and adding a stall in each bathroom.
Trail upgrades planned in West Bank Park

The trail loop around Gibson Park is also planned for an overlay this summer or fall, he said, and a new pad for outside exercise equipment will be poured behind the bandshell area near the path under the train tracks.

A new entrance to Gibson Park is also being planned in conjunction with the Montana Department of Transportation.

The city is posting progress on park district projects on the Park and Rec website.

Park and Rec is also applying for a $12,858 grant from Fish, Wildlife and Parks Recreational Trails Program for asphalt maintenance on Warden Park trails, including emulsion seals. That grant requires a $1,500 River’s Edge Trail Foundation match and a $2,000 Park and Rec trails budget match. The city will find out in July if it has received that grant.