MISSOULA – It was a big day on Thursday as Missoula celebrated the grand opening of the second phase of the Fort Missoula Regional Park.
The festivities began at 6 p.m. with a Native American drum group followed by speeches from city leaders and a ribbon cutting. The public also got a tour of the brand new park that includes a new concessions stand, new playgrounds, sporting fields and the new picnic shelters.
Ryan Yearous with Missoula Parks and Recreation says the completion of this park really allows activity or enjoyment for all ages in Missoula.
"When we are building parks and renovating parks, we think about how an eight-month-old and eight-year-old and an 80-year-old can interact at a park. That’s one of the unique features of Fort Missoula Regional Park," Yearous said.
"Our tag-line is "generations at play" and we really believe it’s a space families can come and engage in many different activities, create memories at the park and feel good about their investment in the Missoula community," he added.
The only part of the project that has yet to be completed is the Sgt. Bozo Dog Park that is set to open up at the end of fall this year. Fort Missoula regional Park was paid for by a $42 million bond passed by voters four years ago.