Parks and Recreation and the Missoula Redevelopment agency presented the draft master plan for the new Montana Rail Link Park at a public neighborhood open house on November 16, 2017. The 4.5-acre park is planned for the corner of Johnson St. and South Ave.
Public comment on the proposed master plan will be accepted through Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Parks and Recreation staff made a presentation at the open house to summarize the design process to date, present the current plan, and explain the next steps in designing and building the park.
Neighborhood residents attended a public Park Design Workshop in August, 2017 to share their priorities and design ideas for the new park, and neighborhood feedback was incorporated into the draft master plan.
A master park plan is a comprehensive, community vision for park which guides park future development. Earlier this year, the City acquired a 12-acre parcel at Johnson and South from Montana Rail Link for $2 million, a price substantially below market value, using 1995 Open Space Bond funds for the park and urban renewal district funding through the Missoula Redevelopment Agency.
The sale and donation by Montana Rail Link of the 12 acres made possible the major steps of filling in the last missing link in the Bitterroot Trail between downtown Missoula and Hamilton and building a 4.5-acre park at the junction of two neighborhoods that have a severe shortage of open space and parks. In addition, the railroad has agreed to support a bicycle-pedestrian railroad crossing at Central Avenue, adjacent to the new park, supporting citizen goals for active transportation, connectivity, access and parkland service.
For more information, please contact Patrick McGannon, Parks and Trails Design /Development Coordinator, via email or phone Patrick at 552-6261. Please see Related Documents below.
About 40 neighborhood residents joined City staff and Montana Rail Link at a Park Design Workshop in August, 2017 to help design the new park. The facilitated workshop was hosted by Missoula Parks and Recreation, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency and Montana Rail Link.
The workshop allowed residents of the Franklin to the Fort and Southgate Triangle neighborhoods to share their long-range vision for the new park to create a master park plan. A master park plan guides future park development as funding becomes available.
Please see Design Workshop Project Overview and related documents below.