Parks and Recreation

Posted on: August 24, 2017

Parks and Recreation, local foundation seek funding for area bike parks

Missoula Parks and Recreation is partnering with a local non-profit foundation and two neighborhoods to raise funds to build bicycle skills courses in Bellevue and Syringa Parks.

With a $50,000 grant from Montana State Parks and over $100,000 in donations to date from the Tanner Olson Memorial Foundation, the partners, including Friends of Missoula Parks, are working to raise an additional $175,000 to $200,000 in cash and donated services or materials to fund construction.  These resources will be added to existing public funding and support from the City and County. The City Parks and Recreation Board has approved a Capital Campaign Program which includes potential naming rights for large donors and on-site donor recognition.

City and County Parks departments partnered with neighborhood residents and the cycling community to develop Master Park Plans for bike parks at Bellevue Park near 39th and Paxson and at Syringa Park on Lower Lincoln Hills Drive. The master plans have been adopted following lengthy public process. These documents establish a shared community vision to guide future park design, development, and maintenance.

Highlights of the parks include:

  • A progressive bike skills layout allowing riders to progress not only through the park, but as their skills develop, to larger features within the same park.
  • Pump tracks with continuous hills and berms.
  • A progressive jump line for BMX Riders of a range of skill levels.
  • Bicycle work station with basic tools available for public use.
  • Walking paths, and connectivity to sustainable transportation trails and bus stops.
  • A shelter and rest room (at Syringa.)

Parks and Recreation is currently in the process of selecting design and construction management services for the two parks, to complete construction documents and oversee construction. Pending a successful capital campaign, Phase 1 construction at both parks could start as early as 2018. The parks will be constructed in phases as funding becomes available. Parks and Recreation, with support of a strong volunteer force, will maintain the parks.

To learn more about the projects and how to donate, visit the link below, or phone Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler at 552-6265. Find additional information at the We Ride For Tanner website or the Tanner Olson Memorial BMX Park on Facebook.


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