MRA worked collaboratively with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to develop a master plan for MRL park through an extensive neighborhood input process. Residents who participated in the master planning process emphasized a desire for lots of open green space, a playground, a community garden, a dog park, a multi-use playing court, and a small pavilion. A design team led by DHM Design Landscape Architects was hired to develop the master plan into a detailed park plan and to create construction documents. The design team loosely organized the site design to reflect a rail yard, incorporating rail artifacts donated by MRL. The round playground with its locomotive play structures and radiating walks might be seen as the rail yard roundhouse, and the linear rows of the community garden might be seen as a series of rail tracks that terminate at bumper stops defining an entry plaza. A signal tower cantilevered over the recently completed Bitterroot Trail serves as a sculptural entry feature. Master Plan
Park construction began in May 2018 and is expected to be substantially complete by the end of October 2018, although trees and furnishings will not be installed until early next spring. Dick Anderson Construction (DAC) is managing construction.Mary Avenue West
The project goals include improving public safety for all modes of travel on the reconstructed street; along with the addition of curb, gutter, and sidewalks. MRA has contracted with WGM Group, Inc. of Missoula for the preliminary design work. WGM Group completed the previous preliminary design of California from the Clark Fork River to Dakota Street, and will continue their design efforts on California Street south to S. 3rd St. W.
The first step of the project involved notifying the neighborhood and other stakeholders of the project. In September 2017, the design team met with the Riverfront Neighborhood Leadership Team and introduced the Project at a general meeting of the Riverfront Neighborhood Council. WGM Group then completed a retracement survey of the California Street right-of-way and property boundary lines in the project area and proceeded to meet with interested individuals and groups. Following the public outreach efforts, three design alternatives were developed for California Street from Dakota Street to S. 3rd St. W.
The design alternatives were presented at a public open house on May 17, 2018. The presentation can be found at: https://prezi.com/view/Rnaj0J9Rjcl8jvmis7es/
Based on public comment received and input from various City Departments, a preferred design alternative emerged and the preferred design has been developed to a 70% preliminary design stage. The Project Team will present the preferred design alternative for California Street at a public open house on Oct. 2, 2018 between 5:30-7:30pm at the Salvation Army, 355 S. Russell Street. Preferred Design Alternative
At this time, no schedule has been set for a construction phase. Moving forward, MRA will be working to identify funding partners and funding sources to finance the construction budget for the project. Questions regarding the preferred design alternative can be addressed to Jeremy Keene, WGM Group, (406) 728-4611, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tod Gass, MRA, (406) 552-6159, email@example.com