The iconic Story Mill, a former flour production site with a towering grain elevator, is a Bozeman landmark just two miles from downtown. Developers once planned to turn the 60 acres surrounding the century-old mill complex into a neighborhood and business area, but financial problems sidelined the project. Since then the site—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—has been neglected and vandalized.
The Trust for Public Land is working with neighbors, designers, park planners, and community groups to transform this historic landmark into a unique city park for hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring local history. We envision a park that is also a sanctuary for local wildlife where people will see native and migratory birds-including Rocky Mountain sandhill cranes in the largest restored wetland within the city limits.
People have contributed ideas through many channels, including an online opinion poll and public design workshops Over 140 people attended the first community meeting in February 2013. In August 2013, a team of park experts traveled to Bozeman for a three-day design charrette with local stakeholders to create detailed recommendations that will guide us through the next phase of this project.
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