By Jessie Neal Big Sky Community Corp.

This year the Big Sky Community Corp. will host its Parks and Trails fundraising Gala Dinner and Auction July 21 in the community park, which just last year finished the initial phase of construction. The money raised at the Gala will go toward expansion and completion of the community park, and toward putting people in place to develop future trails such as extending the Canyon to Mountain trail system up to the ski resorts. The goal this year is to raise $100,000.

Park improvements in the past two years have include the construction of two softball fields, a regulation soccer field, connecting trails, basketball court, resurfaced tennis courts and a paved parking lot. Climbing boulders are in the plans for this summer. The BSCC also manages the local network of trails including Ousel Falls Park.

Interested in donating an auction item or being a Gala sponsor? Contact BSCC Executive Director Jessie Neal at (406) 993-2112. Contributions for the annual event must be made by June 15.