Parks, Recreation & Active Transportation Plan

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Bozeman Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Active Transportation Plan

We are grateful for the history of support for parks, trails and recreational opportunities our community has shown.

And we need your input as we plan for the future and create a new Parks, Recreation, and Active Transportation (PRAT) Plan.

Register using the button in the upper right and click "Subscribe" to receive project-specific updates


We are grateful for the history of support for parks, trails and recreational opportunities our community has shown.

And we need your input as we plan for the future and create a new Parks, Recreation, and Active Transportation (PRAT) Plan.

Register using the button in the upper right and click "Subscribe" to receive project-specific updates


  • Virtual Workshops in April

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    If you are unable to attend the workshop, please note that the presentation will be available online or by mail with opportunities for you to share your feedback. Please register on this website (Enage.bozeman.net/pratplan) to ensure you receive future correspondence.

    Also, all community members are now invited to participate in the survey advertised below.

    Parks, Recreation and (External link)Active Transportation Plan Survey(External link)
    Español: Encuesta Sobre Parques y Actividades Recreativas

  • Guide our Growth - Take the Survey!

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    The Department strives to meet the needs of our community. We want to hear from you to prioritize our services and guide the growth of our system and programming.

    Parks, Recreation and Active Transportation Plan Survey
    Español: Encuesta Sobre Parques y Actividades Recreativas

    This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and each question is important.

    We have selected ETC Institute, an independent consulting company, as our partner to administer this survey. They will compile the data received and present the results to the City.

  • Announcing: Park-naming Competition Winners

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    After overwhelming response from over 100 people, 6 names have been chosen for the Blackwood Groves Park-naming Competition:

    • McGill Park submitted by Michelle Gollehon
      "Caroline McGill was the founder of the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, the first pathologist for state of Montana and the first successful female doctor in Butte, Montana". Because the main park system in the subdivision will eventually be linked to the Museum of the Rockies via the Gallagator Trail, this name seemed too good to pass up!
    • Willow Woods Park submitted by Hampton Uzzelle
      Willow Woods Park will be used for the park preserving the large willow stand with treehouse play features.
    • Bitterroot Parkway submitted by Thomas Cuezze
      "I propose naming the new park after Montana's state flower, the bitterroot. The bitterroot thrives on the harsh slopes of the Rocky Mountains, and its Latin name, Lewisia rediviva ("reborn"), refers to its ability to regrow even after frigid winters and severe droughts. This mirrors the pluck of all those who have come to Bozeman to make a home in this difficult landscape."
    • Best Friend Dog Park inspired by Rosalie, a 2nd grader at Morning Star Elementary
    • Spring Snow Park submitted by Julie Hunter
      This chain of parks will be planted with spring snow crab apple trees. Julie provided us with the most suggestions after poring over the landscaping plans and hours imagining herself enjoying these new parks. She deserved a win!
    • The Cat's Walk submitted by Sage, a 3rd grader at Morning Star Elementary

    Cartoon showing community members and the many different types of park name suggestions

    Honorable Mention: Thank you to everyone who participated for their sincere, sweet, funny and visionary ideas. All of the names will be saved for future naming opportunities and projects as we engage with new communities to shape our parks and trails. We hope you enjoy the artwork by local artist, Sharon Glick, showing you hard at work!!


  • Parks and Rec attends MSU Rail Jam

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    The Parks, Recreation & Active Transportation project team set up a booth at the Rail Jam event held on campus at Montana State University. Students wearing winter coats look at images of city parks on a poster displayStudents wearing winter coats look at images of city parks on a poster display

    Students shared input on what they would most like to see if future parks by sticking a pin on images on our poster display. Students were also asked to register on Engage Bozeman to provide feedback on our Parks, Recreation, and Active Transportation plan. Over a hundred MSU students participated in this event!

    It's no surprise that the top features these extreme winter sport enthusiasts wanted in their parks were skateboard parks, ice skating rinks, and obstacle courses! Also favored were projects to harvest rainwater and incorporate native vegetation and spaces to grow food.

    Thanks to the MSU community who stopped by to say hi and learn about the Parks, Recreation & Active Transportation Plan!

  • Follow Bozeman Parks and Recreation on social media!

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  • How Do You Spend Time Outside?

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    Let's play Mad Libs!

    Help us understand how you use the parks system today by filling in a story about a recent or favorite visit to a park. Write your story.


    Bikers smile and talk to each other on a city path.




  • Survey - Coming soon!

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    We're finalizing a Parks, Recreation and Active Transportation Survey that will be open to the community in 2022. Make sure to "follow" our project to receive direct emails when new engagement opportunities come up. Or check back in the new year!

    A hand places a pin on a map that asks "Where do you live? What is your favorite park? Connect with a rubber band"

Page last updated: 24 Jun 2022, 10:41 AM