Explorebigsky.com Staff Writer
BIG SKY – If you build it, they will come.
As improvements continue on the Big Sky Community Park increase so does the number of park visitors and recreationalists.
Thanks to generous private donors, businesses, volunteers and the Big Sky Resort Tax, improvements in the park have come a long way. The park improvements in the past two years have included construction of two softball fields, a multiuse field, connecting trails, basketball court, resurfaced tennis courts and a paved parking lot.
Operating and maintenance funding requested for park improvement has been funded by the Big Sky Resort Area District. Maintaining trails and restrooms, mowing the fields and keeping the park clean and safe are some of the improvements made.
Slabs of concrete for the base of the climbing boulders were poured in early July with construction on the frames to begin in the second week. For that project, BSCC partnered with the Rotary Club of Big Sky, which funded $35,000 for the project.
Construction on the 6,800 sq. foot Skate Park has been set for July 16, after the project received $150,000 in combined funding from Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, Montana Tourism Infrastructure, Resort Tax and BSCC’s own funding pool.
Softball is also in full swing this summer, with double headers three nights a week. The new dugouts, donated by Lone Peak Builders, should be completed by the end of June.
Tuesday night ultimate Frisbee league and a Wednesday night soccer league have kept things busy and active in the park throughout the week. There has also been an occasional game of lacrosse.
The nonprofit Big Sky Community Corp. was created in 1998 to promote, acquire, preserve and maintain land, parks, trails and easements for the enjoyment of the Big Sky community and the general public.
Parks and trails fundraising dinner and auction set for July 21
BIG SKY—The Big Sky Community Corp. will host its fundraising Gala Dinner and Auction on July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Community Park.
The event will include a live and silent auction, dinner and dancing, with a goal to raise $100,000. Proceeds will go toward expansion and completion of the Community Park, building new trails, and development of future parks and trails projects.
Auction items include a stay at Silver Tip Ranch in Yellowstone National Park, donated by Yellowstone Park Foundation; a weeklong visit to Casa San Marco Cortona, Italy and a weeklong visit to Villa Paradiso, Bali, both donated by Stacey and Rob Mattraw; a stay and golf package at Pronghorn Club and Resort in Bend, Ore, donated by Pronghorn Club; and a two-day bird hunting trip in north-central Montana, donated by Jill and Loren Bough.
For more information, to get involved or buy tickets, visit bsccmt.rog or call (406) 993-2112. Donations will be accepted anytime, but sponsorship contributions for the event should be made by July 15.
Lone Peak Brewery
Eric and Stacy Ossorio
Nordic Hot Tub
Brock and Jane Short
Jill and Loren Bough
Alpine Property Management
Stacy and Rob Mattraw
Gallatin Alpine Sports
Fairmont Hot Springs
Jack Creek Preserve
Dr. Van Kirk DDS
Lone Peak Physical Therapy
Kene Sperry Photography
Gallatin River Guides
Bridger Creek Golf Course