EVERGREEN – The founder of The Fort in Evergreen, Nate Evans, grew up loving sports, something that brought him to Montana and then to the Flathead Valley to coach soccer.
Once outdoor soccer season was over, Evans’ team told him they played on concrete and that’s when Evans starting looking for better options and he started The Fort.
Evans and some friends took a rundown building and in just 30 added a turf field, a batting cage and a weight training center all for athletes to use.
The goal is to create a community space based around sports for kids and their parents.
“I was told a statistic that one hundred percent of Evergreen kids on free and reduced lunches and so if we can keep active and keep them having fun in sports and keep them out of trouble. I think when we invest in our community from the bottom up I think that’s just going to pay dividends in the long run,” Evans said.
Evans has big plans for The Fort and hopes to renovate the upstairs space and add a coffee shop or daycare center. He’s also hoping to expand the turf field.
The Fort is having an open house on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. The facility is located at 2549 US Highway 2 East in Evergreen, directly behind the Norco building.