Fort Missoula Regional Park hosts
Grand Opening Celebration April 29
Residents are invited to Fort Missoula Regional Park’s Phase 1 Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, April 29, from 12 to 4 p.m. The celebration features a free vintage carnival for all ages, live music and dance, circus acts, tours of the new park, games and sports, food and beverage vendors, a free photo booth, prize raffles and much more. Mayor John Engen and Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss will host a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bella Vista Pavilion at 1 p.m.
Kids and families can try out the new sports fields with entertaining lawn games like folf, parachute games, bocce ball and more. Sporty types will want to check out the Bella Vista synthetic turf field and try soccer, flag football, or Ultimate on the new surface.
Parks and Recreation, with representatives of Historic Fort Missoula, will offer park tours at 12:15 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Missoula Folklore Society and Skippin’ A Groove Band will offer free contra dance lessons, and Scapegoat Outfitters will be on hand with a pack mule demonstration on the park’s CCC Trail. Adaptive bikes and Blue Bikes will be available for check out so that riders can take a spin new park’s trails. Several community organizations are hosting free carnival games at the Bella Vista Plaza.
Mac The Moose, the new park’s mascot, will lead a Little Red Wagon Parade for younger kids at 2 p.m. To enter, kids should bring their decorated wagon, tricycle, strider bike or bicycle to the Bella Vista Pavilion at 2 p.m. for a short procession around the Bella Vista Field. All participants will receive an award.
Also on April 29, The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is hosting its annual Forestry Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about Forestry Day at www.fortmissoulamuseum.org.
Phase 2 construction includes playgrounds, a dog park, seven new softball diamonds, new tennis and pickleball courts, volleyball and basketball courts, public event spaces, picnic shelters and areas for bocce ball, horseshoes, croquet and more.The projected opening date for FMRP Phase 2 is Spring, 2018.
FMRP Phase 1 construction progress
We're in the home stretch of Phase 1 construction at FMRP; check out the latest construction update. The park's grand opening date remains "to be announced" due to weather and construction schedules. We'd like to thank Neil Miner, Parks & Trails Design/Development Manager, and the FMRP Construction Oversight Team for their dedication to this project.
Jackson Contractor Group, Inc., on behalf of Missoula County, is currently accepting bids for Fort Missoula Phase 2 site work through Oct. 6. Contractors may contact Sam Demas at email@example.com or 406-542-9150 for more information.
A new look for FMRP
The park planning team has selected alogo and mascotfor Fort Missoula Regional Park. The logo echoes the historic CCC-era design elements seen throughout the park, and seeks to welcome visitors of all ages and interests to the Fort.
A park mascot, Mac the Moose, has been selected to add a playful element to the park's brand. Mac is named after a moose calf who was adopted by 1930's CCC workers in Glacier National Park after he wandered into their camp. The logos were designed by Windfall, Inc. Mac the Moose was created by Parks and Recreation staffer and talented artist Klaire Kramer. Check out the new logo designs.
Historic monument welcomes visitors to FMRP A 6-foot tall, 460-pound “CCC Worker” will greet visitors at FMRP when contractors install the historic bronze statue next month. The statue honors Fort Missoula’s heritage as one of the country’s largest Civilian Conservation Corp camps in the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Watch the FMRP webpage for the date and time of the installation.
A friendly reminder...
FMRP is a closed construction zone
Construction at Fort Missoula Regional Park is sparking public interest as the park takes shape.
For for the safety and security of the public, the park is a closed construction zone. Residents may safely view the park from the adjacent public streets, including South Ave, 36th Street and Green Guidon Ave.
A new roundabout at 33rd and South is now open. Only authorized personnel and vehicles are allowed at the construction site. Unauthorized visitors will be asked to leave.
If you witness suspicious activity at the construction site, please call 911. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
2014 Missoula County Parks and Trails Bond
Thank you, Missoula, for your support of the 2014 $42 million Missoula County Parks and Trails Bond.
The bond funds the development of Fort Missoula Regional Park, 10 new or improved City playgrounds, and a new trails program for Missoula County. $38 million of bond funds were earmarked for FMRP, $3 funded the Missoula County Trails program, and $1 million was allocated for playgrounds.
The Fort Missoula project has a Design/Construction Oversight Committee, minutes of their meetings are linked at right.
Phase I construction of Fort Missoula Regional Park will focus on the western half of the park, including multi-use sport fields, trails, shelters, restrooms, plus parking and road improvements. On-site construction began March 2016.
Work on the eastern half of the Park will begin as early as Fall 2016 with facilities ready for use as early as Fall 2017.
When complete, FMRP will be a county-wide and regional destination with 156 acres of trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, historic interpretation, sport courts, including pickleball, a dog park, support facilities, plus a brand new sports complex.
City and County parks staff met with stakeholders and interest groups on July 19 to share a project progress report and answer questions. Phase I of the park is slated to open in Spring, 2017, with sports fields ready for play by late spring. View Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler'spresentation.
Public Open Houses and FAQ
Citizens participated in an open house to learn more about the FMRP plan, ask questions and provide public comment.