March 16, 2020
All Missoulians are invited to the public reveal of the North Riverside Parks & Trails Plan on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30-7 pm at the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Jason King of Dover, Kohl & Partners will present the design concepts and seek additional public input for the Downtown parks and trails located on the north side of the Clark Fork River from California Street to Missoula College, including Ron’s River Trail.
As an added component of the Downtown Missoula Master Plan Update, the Downtown Missoula Partnership and Missoula Parks & Recreation have been working with Dover, Kohl & Partners for the last six months on more-detailed planning and design for the city center parks and riverfront with a focus on more year-round opportunities for residents and guests.
The five major goals for this additional and focused planning are to:
- Improve gateways and circulation
- Update materials, elements and landscaping, including plantings and art
- Improve views and access points to the Clark Fork River
- Support existing uses and design multi-function spaces
- Design parks for everyone and for all seasons
The public presentation on Wednesday, March 25 will include a welcoming social at 5:30 pm in the MCT Lobby with complimentary food and beverages. The presentation of the plan will start at 6 pm in the MCT Theatre, and the team from Dover, Kohl & Partners will bring keypad polling devices for attendees to weigh in on the proposed concepts.
“During the Downtown Master Planning process, we heard immense enthusiasm for parks and trails, so we have designed concepts we think will meet future needs,” said Donna Gaukler, Director of Missoula Parks & Recreation. “Now is the time to voice priorities for these valued parks, trails, as well as the Clark Fork River through Downtown.”