Parks and Recreation Department Hosts Public Information Meeting

Learn about the community's needs for park facilities and recreation programs

BILLINGS, MT - The City of Billings Parks Department will be hosting a public information meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Billings Public Library.  PROS Consulting, Inc. has been leading the planning effort and will present the results of the community-wide needs assessment, local market potential and the preliminary prioritization of needs for parks and programs.

This plan is the first comprehensive plan update for parks since the 1990s.    Parks and Recreation Director Michael Whitaker is excited to have a strategic plan to address the community’s needs.  “As our Department strives to improve the level of service to the community, we are evaluating all aspects of our operations to ensure that we are good stewards of our public lands and providing opportunities for recreational activities for all ages,” says Whitaker.  “We know that quality parks and recreation programs are a key indicator for a community’s quality of life and ability to attract a strong workforce and commerce to Billings.”

One of the key findings from the public so far has been the need to address undeveloped park lands.  People who attend the meeting will have the opportunity to provide input on how to prioritize improvements on undeveloped park lands throughout the city.  “We frequently receive calls from local organizations who have ideas on how to develop our park lands,” says Whitaker.  “This plan will help us prioritize the needs, and thus, strengthen relationships with community partners to capitalize on opportunities.”

This is the first of two public meetings for the planning process, which is expected to be complete by July 2017.  For more information, please visit www.billingsparks.org or call Mark Jarvis at (406) 657-8367.


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