Category Archives: Park and Rec

City continuing plans on aquatics center for Lions Park

City officials and the design team are meeting with Neighborhood Council 4 on Jan. 28 to update the on the planned joint indoor aquatics and recreation center. The city is planning to locate the facility in a portion of Lions Park on 10th Avenue South and fund the project with $10 million from a federal grant and the other $10

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City approves parkland swap with Great Falls Public Schools

City Commissioners voted 4-1 to swap six lots in Kranz Park with Great Falls Public Schools for 10 acres of land near Loy Elementary.  GFPS has expressed interest in a portion of Kranz Park, city property, for years for parking near Great Falls High School. The city initially wanted the Loy property, owned by the district, for the planned indoor

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City reviews budget, several funds take hit from COVID

COVID-19 is impacting the city’s budget, particularly in the recreation, events and parking funds where operations have been significantly curtailed. But, one bright spot, staff told City Commissioners during their Jan. 19 work session, is that the city’s golf contractor, CourseCo, is making money and paying some of those profits back to the city, as stipulated under their contract. So

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Park Board supports aquatics center move to Lions; discusses visitor center lease, legislation that could impact park maintenance district

The Park and Recreation Advisory Board voted during their Jan. 11 meeting to support the move to Lions Park for the planned indoor aquatics and recreation center that would be funded partially by a federal grant. Steve Herrig, Park and Recreation director, said he misspoke during the Jan. 5 City Commission meeting when he said Lions Park is 17 acres

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City proposes Lions Park as new site for aquatics facility

The city is adjusting it’s plan for the joint indoor aquatics and recreation center to a new site. Initially, the city planned the facility for a site adjacent to the city soccer park, near Loy Elementary and Malmstrom Air Force Base in a grant proposal to the U.S. Defense Department. City pushes hearing on land swap for aquatics facility to

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City pushes hearing on land swap for aquatics facility to Jan. 19

The city was planning on conducting a public hearing on Jan. 5 regarding the proposed land swap between the city and the Great Falls Public Schools district. During the Dec. 15 City Commission meeting, City Manager Greg Doyon said that he recommended using the Jan. 5 work session to discuss the status of the proposed aquatics and recreation facility. City,

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City Commissioners deny Voyagers rent forgiveness request

City Commissioners voted to deny forgiveness to the Great Falls Baseball Club, also known as the Voyagers, for their 2020 stadium rent of $10,648. The Voyagers season was canceled due to COVID-19 but the club hosted community events, fundraisers and legion baseball games at Centene Stadium. The COVID-19 restrictions caused the club’s revenues to decline by about 90 percent, according

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City, GFPS land swap on commission agenda for aquatics facility

City Commissioners are set to consider during their Dec. 15 meeting a public hearing for Jan. 5 for the exchange of city owned property in Kranz Park with property owned by Great Falls Public Schools near Loy Elementary. The land swap was orchestrated to get land for the city’s planned joint indoor aquatics and recreation facility with a $10 million

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Voyagers requesting stadium rent forgiveness for 2020

City Commissioners will consider a request from the Great Falls Baseball Club, also known as the Voyagers, to forgive their 2020 stadium rent of $10,648. The Voyagers season was canceled due to COVID-19 but the club hosted community events, fundraisers and legion baseball games at Centene Stadium. Voyagers will remain in Great Falls and anticipate 2021 season “With those restrictions

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City still working on lease for former visitor center

The city is working with Great Falls Montana Tourism for a lease of the former Visitor Center at 15 Overlook Drive. In August, the city solicited proposals to lease the former Visitors Center, which has been vacant since the summer of 2017, when Great Falls Tourism moved downtown, to the basement of 100 1st Ave. N. Only the tourism agency

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