The iconic Story Mill, a former flour production site with a towering grain elevator, is a Bozeman landmark just two miles from downtown. The Trust for Public Land is working with neighbors, designers, park planners, and community groups to protect and transform 54 acres adjoining this historic landmark into a unique city park with exciting opportunities for active recreation, outdoor community gathering spaces, a nature sanctuary, new trails and trail connections, and natural and cultural interpretive programs.
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.
The Trust for Public Land recently submitted the Story Mill Community Park proposal to the city of Bozeman's Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee, which makes decisions on how the recently-passed $15 million parks and trails bond measure gets spent. We hope the city will approve purchasing this property so that we can move forward to create a new signature park for Bozeman.
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