2019 Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Plan

Comment on the Draft 2019 Open Space Plan Chapter of the PROST Plan

Public Comment Survey   Comments accepted through May 31.

The first chapter of the PROST plan to be developed is the Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan chapter. The open space plan is intended to be a chapter of the PROST plan yet will stand alone until the remainder of the PROST Plan is drafted and adopted. This plan builds upon the 1995 open space plan and 2006 update. 

Its purpose is to help guide the work of the City’s open space program and the County’s open lands program in the PROST planning region. The open space plan is intended to support and be consistent with the City and County’s respective adopted plans and to guide open space acquisitions and easements. It may also be used to help inform land use planning decisions about natural resource functions and values but is not intended to be used as a regulatory instrument. 

The open space plan may also be useful for promoting education, partnerships, and intergovernmental cooperation aimed at conservation and environmental quality.

The draft Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan and Appendices are now available for public comment until May 31, 2019. Review the plan and submit your comments.

2019 PROST Plan Project Overview

Missoula County Parks, Trails, and Open Lands and Missoula Parks and Recreation Department are collaborating to draft a new master Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan for the greater Missoula valley and urban area (‘Missoula Urban Area’) including the City of Missoula and portions of Missoula County.

This new, integrated plan will replace the 2004 Master Parks and Recreation Plan for the Greater Missoula Area and the 1995 Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan with 2006 Update. It will stand as a blueprint for the next 10 years of parks, open space, and recreation services to residents.

Further PROST Plan Details 

When completed, the comprehensive PROST plan will include:

  • Public involvement processes and facilitation, including timely communications with citizens and elected officials through web updates, presentations and news releases.
  • A statistically valid Citizen Survey (PDF)
  • Identification of potential inter-agency and public/private partnerships
  • Consultant services for evaluation of land, facilities, and program needs, maintenance services, park management, operations funding, as well as recreation program evaluations
  • Review of operational efficiency and program service delivery
    GIS Mapping

Learn more (PDF) about the planning process and opportunities for public input, why plan updates are needed, and funding for the project. For more information, contact Missoula Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler or Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands Program Manager Juniper Davis.

Quick Links

Sign up to win!

Sign up to get occasional updates on Parks programs, projects and special events...new subscribers are entered into a monthly drawing for fun prizes!