By Jessie Neal BSCC Director

The Big Sky Community Corporation,
a nonprofit based in Big Sky
is a local parks and trails entity created
to promote, acquire, preserve
and maintain parks and trails in the
Big Sky Community.
A major area of focus for the
organization has been the Big Sky
Community Park. This year, the
BSCC built three fields: two for
baseball/softball and one for mixed
use. They also had sod placed on
all three fields, renovated and
relocated the skate ramp, created
a basketball court, resurfaced the
tennis courts and paved parking
lots. In addition, the park now has
additional electricity, scoreboards,
bleachers and a wildlife resistant
trash enclosure.
Nearby, the Crail Ranch, the historical
park in the BSCC network,
is slated to receive a new information
kiosk and offered programming
throughout the summer of 2012.
Establishing and maintaining trails
is also a BSCC priority. This year,
the Crail Trail was expanded, allowing
further access along the creek
and adding a loop around Big Horn
Ridge and back into the Community
Park. The Spur Road Trail, which
provides safe access from the Town
Center and West Fork Meadow area
to the Meadow Village and Canyon,
received a fresh seal coat. And this
fall, trail work began on the popular
Ousel Falls Trail. To prevent
further erosion, retainer walls,
gabion baskets and water bars were
installed or improved. Work will
continue there next spring.
The BSCC also provides programming
so its community resources
are used to the fullest. The organization
supports tennis, disc golf
and softball players, as well as
Camp Big Sky and local skateboard
community.
But fun and games and great outdoor
resources aren’t free. Raising
the costs of maintaining the trails,
parks and programming is an ongoing
mission for the BSCC. Much
work and substantial funding is
still needed to complete the park’s
resources. Securing and improving
public trails is a constant for the
BSCC.
To make a donation or gain a greater
understanding the BSCC’s finances,
contact Jessie Neal at jessie@bsccmt.
org or (406) 993-2112.