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.
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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 provide your input and comments on the draft materials by May 6, 2015.
- The Subcommittee will review all comments received and forward these to the County Parks & Trails Advisory Board for their consideration, and possibly a recommendation, at the Thursday, May 14th, 2015 meeting. The Parks & Trails Advisory Board meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at 323 W. Alder in Missoula.
Please direct all comments to Lisa Moisey, Parks & Trails Program
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com with any questions.
Updated April 28, 2015