Category Archives: Park and Rec

Ice Breaker moved to Oct. 4, city Easter Egg Hunt canceled, other changes by city in response to COVID-19

The City of Great Falls is implementing several protective measures based on recommendations from the Cascade City-County Health Department and Gov. Steve Bullock. The following measures are effective immediately: Changes to the City Commission meetings format. Effective March 17, the commission meetings will only address items that are of urgent concern, including mandatory and priority items on the consent agenda.

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CourseCo updates city on golf operations; commission approves increased fees

CourseCo took over management of the city’s two golf courses in February of 2019 and during the Feb. 18 work session, updated City Commissioners on the operations so far and plans for the next year. Michael Sharp, CourseCo president and CEO, said the company kept every employee that wanted to stay though some employees opted to leave. “We’re very happy

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Two Park and Recreation projects completed this week

The Gibson Park restrooms are now open for public use after a renovation project that began in October. The project included adding another urinal in the men’s restroom and another toilet on the women’s side. The project will also update lighting and plumbing fixtures, add an air conditioning unit and add an ADA accessible serving window to the concessions space.

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Increases proposed for city’s two golf courses

City staff are asking commissioners to set a public hearing for Feb. 18 for a proposed change to fees at the municipal golf courses. CourseCo updates city on golf operations since taking over management Fees were last increased in December 2017 and the city’s golf contractor, CourseCo doing business as Great Falls Golf LLC, and city staff are recommending the

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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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