Idaho/Montana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Honors Story Mill Community Park

The Story Mill Community Park has been honored as the 2017 recipient of the President’s Award of Excellence presented by the Idaho Montana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (IMASLA). Submitted by the project’s lead design firm, Design Workshop of Colorado, this prestigious award recognizes the project’s excellence through design development. The President’s Award is the highest level of recognition given by ASLA at the state level. This award is given only once every other year and only if a project is determined to be exceptional by a unanimous vote of the jurors. The award was chosen by the jurors among 20 entries in many design categories.

Present to accept the award on behalf of the project were Ed Wetherbee, Chair of the Northern Rockies Advisory Board, The Trust for Public Land and Carolyn Poissant, Manager of Trails, Open Space and Parks Design and Development for the City of Bozeman. The presentation took place on October 7th in Missoula during the joint IMASLA and Montana Trails Recreation and Parks Association (MTRPA)) Rendezvous, which brought 200 landscape architects, design professionals and parks and recreation professionals to Missoula for a three day educational event.

“The Trails, Open Space and Parks Bond approved overwhelmingly by the citizens of Bozeman in 2012 and our partnership with the Trust for Public Land has made plans for Story Mill Community Park a reality,” noted Carolyn Poissant. “The park will provide a unique mix of recreational features to serve our community and the large numbers of visitors we host at our facilities on a regular basis.”

“This award is a tribute to the hundreds of Bozeman community members and over 20 local organizations who have helped to design this park,” said Maddy Pope, Project Manager with The Trust for Public Land. “The design team, led by Design Workshop, has done an excellent job capturing the values that connect Bozemanites to one another and to nature close to home.”

The Trust for Public Land is directing a multi-year effort, in partnership with the City of Bozeman, to create a vision, design a master plan, and build the 60-acre Story Mill Community Park. Fundraising efforts are ongoing, and $1.4 million must be raised by next spring to continue park construction and open the park in late Fall 2018.

Located in northeast Bozeman, Story Mill Community Park will become Bozeman’s largest natural park with a community center, adventure playground, gathering spaces, picnic pavilions, walking trails, a natural amphitheater, large climbing boulder, off-leash dog park, learning garden, and numerous other features. Riparian and wetland habitat will be protected as a nature sanctuary with interpretive trails for wildlife observation. To learn more or donate, visit

About the Idaho/Montana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
IMASLA is a multi-state association of landscape architects, design professionals and landscape suppliers whose mission is to lead, to educate and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Visit for more information.

About The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. From an office in Bozeman, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 700,000 acres across the Northern Rockies. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit

About the City of Bozeman
The City of Bozeman, population 45,250, if the fourth-largest city in Montana. The city government is comprised of a Mayor and five at-large City Commissioners. Nestled in the Gallatin valley between three mountain ranges, Bozeman is home to an active and engaged citizenry who enjoy all the great outdoors has to offer. For more information about the Trails, Open Space and Parks bond projects, visit the city’s website –