2019 Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Plan

Draft 2019 Open Space Plan Chapter of the PROST Plan

September, 2019 Draft Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan.

The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on the draft 2019 Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine Street.

Hard copies of the Plan are available for review at Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS), located at 127 E. Main Street, and at Missoula Parks and Recreation, located at 600 Cregg Lane. Your comments on the proposal are welcomed and encouraged. 

Comments may be made at the public hearings or in writing. Written comments should be emailed to GladwinC@ci.missoula.mt.us or sent to: Missoula Parks and Recreation, 600 Cregg Lane, Missoula, MT  59801. Questions about this project can be directed to Donna Gaukler, 552-6265.

The Plan adoption process will continue in the coming months with review from the City Council and the Missoula County Commission.

The 2019 draft Open Space Plan builds upon the 1995 Open Space Plan and 2006 Update to guide the work of the City’s open space program and the County’s open lands program within the PROST planning region.

The Open Space Plan is intended to support and be consistent with the City and County’s respective adopted plans and to guide open space acquisitions and easements. It may also be used to help inform land use planning decisions about natural resource functions and values, but is not intended to be used as a regulatory instrument. The Plan may also be useful for promoting education, partnerships, and intergovernmental cooperation aimed at conservation and environmental quality.

2019 PROST Plan Project Overview

Missoula County Parks, Trails, and Open Lands and Missoula Parks and Recreation Department are collaborating to draft a new master Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan for the greater Missoula valley and urban area (‘Missoula Urban Area’) including the City of Missoula and portions of Missoula County.

This new, integrated plan will replace the 2004 Master Parks and Recreation Plan for the Greater Missoula Area and the 1995 Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan with 2006 Update. It will stand as a blueprint for the next 10 years of parks, open space, and recreation services to residents.

Further PROST Plan Details 

When completed, the comprehensive PROST plan will include:

  • Public involvement processes and facilitation, including timely communications with citizens and elected officials through web updates, presentations and news releases.
  • A statistically valid Citizen Survey (PDF)
  • Identification of potential inter-agency and public/private partnerships
  • Consultant services for evaluation of land, facilities, and program needs, maintenance services, park management, operations funding, as well as recreation program evaluations
  • Review of operational efficiency and program service delivery
    GIS Mapping

Learn more (PDF) about the planning process and opportunities for public input, why plan updates are needed, and funding for the project. For more information, contact Missoula Parks and Recreation Director Donna Gaukler or Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands Program Manager Juniper Davis.

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