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:
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 this next season we will be upgrading our park entrance sign and adding another yurt for our Camp Big Sky program thanks to the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and Moonlight Community Foundation.
Kircher Park Improvements: The BSCO and Rotary Club of Big Sky worked together this past 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 to be installed Spring of 2017. Plans are underway for the building of a 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.
Ousel Falls Safety and Revegetation Project: Funded through the Big Sky Area Resort Tax District and individual donors, this project will improve 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 have been damaged by user traffic. The restoration component of the project will include seeding, planting native trees and shrubs, and decommissioning several user created paths. Overall the project will bring 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 has 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 here.