As a leading not-for-profit within a growing community the Big Sky Community Organization is constantly looking at opportunities to increase parklands and open spaces while further developing public recreation amenities. Projects that are currently under way include:
Beehive Basin Trailhead Park: BSCO’s goal with this new land acquisition is to ensure continued access to Beehive Basin, provide long-term stewardship of the land and that the trailhead and surrounding area is developed to meet the level of use the trailhead sees on a daily basis with consistent maintenance and upkeep. The BSCO plans to turn the 7.5 acres into an open space parkland and partner with the USFS on the trailhead to make significant improvements for additional parking, a pit toilet and a bear-proof trash receptacle.
Big Sky Community Park Projects: Thanks to the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation we installed a fresh water line at the East end of the park for our Camp Big Sky youth to have access to a clean water spigot next to the year-round yurt. Additionally, we striped two more pickle ball courts and upgraded our park entrance sign. During the summer of 2017 another yurt was added for our Camp Big Sky program thanks to the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and Moonlight Community Foundation.
Kircher Discovery Park Improvements: A new Tree Fort which will create an exciting gathering place for children of all ages to play and enjoy this wonderful stretch of river the park sits on was completed in the fall of 2017. Big Sky’s newest playground is a ship inspired structure that is sure to invigorate the imagination of anyone that visits. The BSCO and Rotary Club of Big Sky worked together last summer to make several improvements to Kircher Park with the goal of providing a more inviting atmosphere for park and trail visitors. Improvements included: building a loop trail, tree clearing, trail repairs, and a new park entrance sign was installed October of 2017.
Ousel Falls Safety and Revegetation Project: Funded through the Big Sky Area Resort Tax District and individual donors, this project improved safety throughout the park and trail with the installation of new hand rails and safety barriers as well as the restoration of several bare/compacted areas that were been damaged by user traffic. The restoration component of the project included seeding, planting native trees and shrubs, and decommissioning several user created paths. Overall, the project brought the Ousel Falls Trail back to it’s native state while providing a safer experience for all visitors.
Master Park Plan: The increased recreational use and rapid growth of our community prompted the BSCO, in partnership with the Big Sky Area Parks, Trails & Recreation District, to hire Peaks to Plains Consulting out of Billings, MT to lead a master park planning process for our community. With progressive and sustainable planning in place we can ensure abundant and diverse recreational amenities are available for all. The process is currently underway and being led by a 15 member Volunteer Advisory Committee. You can find current and up to date information on the project below.