Category Archives: Park and Rec

Water park among crowd favorites for ideas for former smelter stack, but cost could make it unlikely

Popular ideas for the former smelter site in Black Eagle include primitive trails, a monument to the smelter and its workers, folf courses and a water park. About 60 people attended a meeting this week at the Black Eagle Community Center to share ideas and concerns about future development on the roughly 540 acres formerly occupied by the Anaconda Company’s smelter

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Small portion of Lions Park considered for sale

A small portion of land in Lions Park, a city-owned park, has been recommended for sale by the Park and Recreation Advisory Board. Bob Alfred, owner of the Murphy building that boarders the south side of the park and 10th Avenue South, initially wanted to purchase a 12 foot by 10 foot parcel of the park to install an elevator

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Agreement to formalize city-River’s Edge Trail Foundation partnership proposed

The River’s Edge Trail has long been a collaboration between the city and Recreational Trails Inc., which is now the River’s Edge Trail Foundation. During Tuesday’s meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to approve an agreement formalizing the partnership. The city will continue to be responsible for all trail maintenance, hiring staff and overseeing volunteers. RET Foundation will continue to

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Great Falls tax levy approved, commissioners direct staff to move forward with sending park district to May ballot

Updated at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 City Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve this year’s tax levy, which amounts to a net $1.09 annually for a property valued at $100,000. Commission approves budget, intent to raise taxes The city recently received its taxable valuation from the Montana Department of Revenue and the revised figure was $437,295, which was significantly down from

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Park district protest period now closed, Great Falls commission to discuss on Tuesday

The protest period for the proposed park district closed Aug. 9 and the unofficial tally of the opposition is 21.3 percent. The final count is being certified and city staff will present the final numbers during the City Commission meeting on Tuesday. A public hearing on a resolution to create the district was scheduled for Aug. 15, but that was

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West Bank Park master plan improvements nearly complete

After years of work and coordinated funding support from a variety of sources, the first phase of improvements to West Bank Park is nearly complete. A recent example is the slew of improvements in West Bank Park which will be completed this summer. The Park and Recreation Department is currently recruiting volunteers to build a playground at West Bank through

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Things to know about the proposed Great Falls park district

Opposition to the proposed park district has reached the 20 percent mark so it may be sent to the ballot in May 2018. Commissioners must now decide if they want to send the issue to the ballot since it’s currently between the 10 percent and 50 percent thresholds. State law mandates the election to create a special purpose district must

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