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About the Program...

The Missoula County Parks and Trails Program is one section within Community and Planning Services. Staff works with the Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board to plan, develop, and manage the County's park system, consisting of 90 parks on over 645 acres. Parks and Trails staff collaborates with County Public Works to manage approximately 45 miles of shared-use paths and recreational trails and to plan for future trail connections.

Partnerships with local communities, neighborhood groups, service and non-profit organizations are a key component to the Parks and Trails Program. The County Parks and Trails Advisory Board assists these groups with funding through its Capital and Maintenance Matching Grants, and its Noxious Weed Grant Partnership Program with the Missoula County Weed District.

Types of parks found throughout the County include neighborhood, community, regional, and conservation parks. Facilities, offered within some of these parks include, but are not limited to: walking trails, ball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters, playgrounds, and wildlife viewing areas.

Clinton Conservation Park


NEW! Request for Bids - Installation of Storm Water Infrastructure Improvements - East Missoula Lions Park
Missoula County Parks and Trails Program is soliciting bids to provide storm water drainage infrastructure improvements in the park commonly known as East Missoula Lions Park, adjacent the former Mount Jumbo School.

The purpose of the project is to correct current undesirable localized flooding due to the accumulation of debris in the existing sumps. The project will be funded through the Missoula County Parks and Trails Program in partnership with the East Missoula Lions Club. The County Parks and Trails Program will solicit bids from a minimum of three (3) vendors to provide equipment, materials and labor for the park project. Selection will be influenced by the lowest bid submitted by a responsive and responsible bidder. The duration of the project is not to exceed (5) days from the agreed upon start date with preferred completion no later than August 2015.

To view technical specifications and bidding information, please visit:

Please contact Garrick Swanson, County Parks and Trails Planner II with any questions, by emailing or calling 406-258-4719.

Late submittals will not be accepted.

Parks and Trails Bond
In November of 2014, Missoula County residents voted to approve a County-wide $42,000,000 Parks & Trails Bond, for the purpose of expanding or improving park and recreational opportunities in Missoula County. A portion of this bond funding - $3 million – is set aside for the purpose of building or improving county trails to provide additional opportunities for recreation, access to public lands, and connections between communities.

The Missoula County Parks & Trails Advisory Board is charged with developing the Trails Bond Program as a way to work with community partners to meet the goals of the Parks & Trails Bond. A subcommittee of the County Parks & Trails Advisory Board has been working over the last several months to develop the Program; including the process to submit project proposals, application materials and project guidelines.

As an organization, partner or interested trail enthusiast, the Parks & Trails Advisory Board is seeking your comments and input on these draft materials. Following are links to the draft Bond Program Overview, and the draft two-level application packet. The subcommittee appreciates and values your input and comments on these materials.

The time line for the next steps for this project is as follows:

Please direct all comments to Lisa Moisey, Parks & Trails Program Manager, at or 258-4716.

Many thanks for your interest, support and assistance with this project. We look forward to working with you on future trail projects.

The vision of Missoula County Parks and Trails Program is to promote personal health, social well-being,
and economic benefits that improve the quality
of life in Missoula County.


It is our mission to provide and maintain a sustainable system of parks and trails that protects a diversity of habitats and open space where people of all ages may participate in activities blending passive and active outdoor recreation.

Please contact Lisa Moisey, County Parks and Trails Manager, at 406-258-4716 or with any questions.

Updated June 8, 2015


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