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Poor air quality forces Missoula Parks and Recreation to move inside or cancel certain programming

Posted at 5:37 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 19:37:30-04

MISSOULA — Due to unhealthy amounts of smoke in the air, Missoula Parks and Recreation is moving all of its programming inside or canceling it altogether.

Parks and Rec recreation program manager Meg Whicher says that air quality is something the organization has to monitor every year and red conditions move everything indoors and cancels some events.

The organization has had to show some flexibility as they just moved everything outdoors due to the pandemic, and now have to pull an about-face.

That 180 degree turn was made a little easier due to some help in creating temporary indoor programming.

"We are all kind of strapped for that indoor space but we are able to have some amazing partners like Freestone Climbing gym and the bowling alley and just true community partnerships and collaborations that are really holding us together right now," Whicher said.

Whicher said that once the air quality has moved back into the orange they will begin to move programming back outside.