Story Mill Community Park

The Trust for Public Land is working to protect and transform 60 acres adjoining the historic Story Mill in Bozeman, Montana, into a unique city park with exciting opportunities for active recreation, outdoor community gathering spaces, a 40- acre nature sanctuary, community center, new trails and trail connections, and natural and cultural interpretive programs.

In February 2014, the Bozeman City Commission unanimously approved the Story Mill Community Park proposal, with overwhelming community support. The park includes the ideas and passion of hundreds of community members, and $4.5 million from the voter-approved 2012 Bozeman Parks & Trails bond measure. In June 2018, the Campaign for Story Mill Community Park was completed thanks to the support of more than 450 individual donors, local businesses, and foundations that generously gave $11.76 million.

The Trust for Public Land has already completed a two year restoration of the site's wetlands and wildlife habitat, including a full half mile along the East Gallatin River, and designs have been finalized for an accessible adventure playground, climbing boulder, river front access to the East Gallatin, teaching farm and edible food forest trail, natural amphitheater, and much more.

Construction of Story Mill Community Park began in April 2018 with local contractor Langlas and Associates leading the process. With the project’s recent fundraising success, construction will continue apace through most of 2018. The park’s main features will be built this year, and the park will be open by winter. Final details, including landscaping, will complete the project in spring 2019. The Trust for Public Land and City of Bozeman will host a celebration in Story Mill Community Park next summer.

Get involved! To learn how to support The Trust for Public Land and Story Mill Community Park, visit support.tpl.org/storymill or contact Molly.Pickall@tpl.org.

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