Category Archives: Park and Rec

Usage lower at smaller Mustang Pool; city still working on Natatorium replacement, demolition plans

Since the city closed the Morony Natatorium at the end of 2018, it’s been partnering with the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind to use the Mustang Pool. During the Jan. 13 Park and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, Marian Permann told board members that usage was down, in part because the Mustang Pool is significantly smaller than the Natatorium.

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Youth basketball tourney has 95 teams in Great Falls this weekend

The 2020 Electric City Winter Classic Youth Basketball Tournament is in Great Falls this weekend. The event is sponsored by Steel Etc and Park and Recreation’s Community Recreation Center and includes girls’ and boys’ teams, grades 3-8. This year, 95 teams are coming from all over the state and 70 of those teams are coming from out of town, according

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City gets $237k grant for repairs to River’s Edge Trail

The city has been awarded a $237,400 Missouri-Madison River Fund Grant for repairs to the trail west of Giant Springs Road. Other contributions for the project include $16,300 from Northwestern Energy and $30,000 from the River’s Edge Trail Foundation. Section of River’s Edge Trail closed to fix drainage issues Over the summer, a sinkhole developed on a section of the trail

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City seeking applicant for multiple advisory boards

The City Commission is accepting applications to serve on several city boards. Applications are available at the City Manager’s Office, Civic Center, Room 201; by calling 455-8450; or may be obtained from the Boards and Commissions section on the city’s website. Park and Rec Board There is currently one opening for the remainder of a three-year terms expiring Dec. 31,

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Permit applications for Smith River float opens Jan. 2

Applications for 2020 Smith River State Park float permits through Montana State Parks opens Jan. 2 through Feb. 13. The permit drawing will be held on March 2. The Smith River is one of Montana’s most sought-after outdoor recreation experiences. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued each

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Great Falls Ski and Board Club hosts local premier of Winterland on Dec. 4

The Great Falls Ski and Board club is hosting the local premiere of Teton Gravity Research’s new ski and snowboard film “Winterland” on Dec. 4 at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The film is family friendly and” is a celebration of ski and snowboard culture. Today’s mountain athletes can only stand as tall as those who came before, the

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City reviews budget, gets missing funds held by county; golf fund improves, but remains at-risk with swimming pools fund

City staff conducted the quarterly budget review with City Commissioners during their Nov. 19 work session. The review showed that for fiscal year 2019, which ended June 30, the city had reached a 22 percent fund balance for the general fund despite only projecting an 18 percent fund balance for the year. City policy is to maintain an undesignated fund

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Commissioners approved agreements to start River’s Edge Trail reroute near Broadwater Bay

Commissioners voted 3-0 during their Nov. 19 meeting to approve agreements with the Montana Department of Transportation and the River’s Edge Trail Foundation to initiate the project that will eliminate the “the circuitous route through the police station parking lot, a currently dangerous location due to the potential for conflicts between vehicles and bicyclists/pedestrians.” It’s a step in rerouting the River’s Edge Trail along

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River’s Edge Trail reroute project on Nov. 19 commission agenda

The plan to reroute the River’s Edge Trail along the Missouri River from Broadwater Bay to the 1st Avenue North Bridge area is progressing. The River’s Edge Trail Foundation, City of Great Falls and other groups have struggled for nearly 30 years to find a way to reroute the convoluted jog the trail makes behind the police department, water park and crosses

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