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 complete FMRP Phase 1 celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, April 29. The celebration included 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 hosted a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Bella Vista Pavilion.
The new park is a joint City-County project, and is funded by the county-wide 2014 Parks and Trails Bond. The voter-approved $42 million measure allocated $38 million for Fort Missoula Regional Park; $3 million for the Missoula County trails program, and $1 million for new and improved playgrounds throughout the City. Phase 2 of Fort Missoula Regional Park is slated to open in 2018.
Phase 1 construction at Fort Missoula includes the Bella Vista events pavilion, a 5000-sq. ft. timber and stone structure with a fireplace, skylight and portable dance floor, the Bella Vista synthetic turf lighted multi-sport field, up to 10 (depending on the sport) multi-sport natural turf fields, an additional pavilion, two playgrounds, historical interpretation, plus trails, restrooms and parking. The new entrance of the park, located at South Avenue and 33rd St., features a bronze statute commemorating the Fort’s history as headquarters of one of the country’s largest Civilian Conservation Corps districts in the 1930s and ‘40s.
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.