The playground at 44 Ranch Park, located at 2503 Riata Rd., will be closed Nov. 18 through mid-December for the installation of new playground equipment.
Parks & Recreation has collaborated with neighborhood residents to design a complete playground that addresses the seven types of play as identified by The National Institute For Play and specifically provides play options for younger children aged 2-5.
44 Ranch Park is the primary green space serving the 44 Ranch neighborhood. Since 2009, it has only contained one piece of playground equipment, which was donated by Spectrum Aquatics. The area contains many households with young families who will benefit from a complete playground within walking distance of their homes. Additionally, the Cpt. John Mullan Neighborhood is one of the most rapidly growing parts of Missoula, and this park will serve some of the new developments being proposed for the area.
The project's total estimated cost is $76,400. The 44 Ranch Homeowner's Association contributed $11,900 raised from grants and donations. The City Council allocated $64,500 through the City's Capital Improvement Program for the project.
View the new playground design at the link below. For more information, contact Nathan McLeod, Parks and Trails Design/Development Coordinator, 552-6261.