Downtown Missoula is many things to many people, and the new Heritage Missoula Plan showcases the collective fabric that defines and distinguishes Missoula from other places. With the goal of enhancing Missoula’s Spirit of Place, the Missoula Downtown Foundation’s annual fall campaign will be focused on creating authentic Missoula experiences that help preserve our Spirit of Place.
Funds raised from the fall campaign will help with implementation of the new Heritage Missoula Interpretive Trail, complete with bronze medallions and information kiosks that tell the unique stories of Missoula: past and present. Funds will also help with street décor expansion and improvements, including additional holiday lighting and boulevard banners.
The mission of the Missoula Downtown Foundation is to support and promote Missoula through enhancement of Downtown, now and for future generations, through commerce, heritage, culture and living. Since 2010, the Missoula Downtown Foundation has raised and reinvested $1.3 million into Downtown projects and programs, including Caras Park improvements, the lighting of the pedestrian bridges, placemaking projects, master planning, street décor and the Downtown Business Support Fund.
Spirit of Place Heritage Tour & Dinner
An ambitious public history project in itself, the Missoula Downtown Foundation is working on producing an established heritage trail in Downtown Missoula. These heritage trails provide clear direction for audiences to immerse themselves in heritage experiences. Notable examples include the Boston Freedom Trail, Rochester (NY) Heritage Trail, and Cincinnati Brewing Heritage Trail. Heritage trails differ from published walking tours alone in that they lead audiences with physical guidance such as sidewalk lines, medallions/markers, or both. In Downtown Missoula, we are fabricating sidewalk medallions and currently working on wayfinding kiosks that will have interpretive panels on one side to start guiding the interpretive trail.
This tour will begin in Caras Park and will showcase the Legacy Trail for the first time to the Missoula community. This tour will be approximately 1.5 hours and will culminate at a fine-dining Downtown restaurant. This ticket includes the tour and an exclusive fine-dining experience, including salad, main entrée, dessert and an alcohol beverage. Revenues generated from this will be invested in completing the Heritage Missoula Legacy Trail, located in Downtown Missoula.
Ways to Support the Missoula Downtown Foundation:
- 60% of the Spirit of Place Heritage Tour & Dinner will support the Missoula Downtown Foundation and the Heritage Missoula projects
- Make a general or designated gift to a specific project before the end of the year such as Caras Park, Heritage Missoula Trail, Placemaking
- Stay engaged with the Downtown Missoula Partnership through membership, sponsorship, investment, or volunteer
- Consider a Planned Gift to the Caras Park Endowment or the Downtown Foundation Sustainability Fund