We are thrilled to report that Peets' Final Piece is officially protected from the threat of development forever.
Thanks to an outpouring of support from nearly 700 donors, GVLT and the City of Bozeman purchased the 12 acre parcel at the south end of Peets Hill. We never could have protected this important piece of Bozeman's most cherished park without your support. The parcel is now under ownership of the City of Bozeman, guaranteeing that it will remain public parkland forever.
Read on to learn about how the campaign to Protect Peets' Final Piece took shape and was successfully completed in January 2022
Peets Hill is For Sale
A 12-acre parcel on the southern end of Peets Hill is for sale. The undeveloped parcel would increase the size of Peets Hill/Burke Park by 30% and includes a well-established spur trail that connects Peets Hill to Kagy Boulevard and the rest of the Main Street to the Mountains Trail system. We have until January to complete due diligence and secure the necessary funds to close on the property or else it will go back on the market for development. We always say that by building trails we build community. There is nowhere this is more true than on Peets Hill. 30 years after GVLT helped establish this park with the City of Bozeman, we have an opportunity to secure and enhance the final piece of the park at the heart of our community. GVLT moves at the speed of real estate and while we were able to move swiftly to get the property under contract, there's no guarantee without the funding to close. This priceless parcel is hanging in the balance, we need your help. Join us.
More about Protecting peets' final piece
Burke Park Improvements have begun!
Phase 1 improvements on the newly acquired 12 acres are complete. We hope you'll get out to visit the two new overlooks, the new trail to Church St. and the rehabbed existing Simkins Spur Trail. The top overlook and trail to access it are handicap accessible so all can enjoy the beautiful view. This part of the park will continue to be a dogs on-leash area. Phase 2 improvements began in September and include the installation of a mountain range view identifier, gathering area and medicine wheel. Read on for more details. Thanks for your patience during construction!
2023 Burke Park Master Plan
Since the last update to the Burke Park Master plan in 2003, the city of Bozeman has grown in population from 31,000 to over 54,000 in 2022. With this population growth, along with the purchase of 12 additional acres for the expansion of Burke Park in early 2022, this is an ideal opportunity to update the existing Master Plan for the Peet’s Hill/Burke Park natural park area.
Burke Park Expansion Renderings
These 12-acres hold so much potential; we have identified two promontories on the property that could serve as established lookouts and locations for educational and interpretive experiences. They have also identified opportunities for additional trail connections and improvements to the existing trail. Once purchased, we would transfer the 12 acres to the City of Bozeman as expanded parkland. Take a closer look at the boundary maps that showcase the Peets Hill expansion.
In Pursuit of Peets Hill
We recently learned that a 12-acre parcel on the southern end of Peets Hill is for sale. The undeveloped parcel would increase the size of Peets Hill/Burke Park by 30% and includes a well-established spur trail that connects Peets Hill to Kagy Boulevard and the rest of the Main Street to the Mountains Trail system...
Gallatin Valley Land Trust raising money to buy land near Peets Hill
The fate of 12 acres at the south end of Peets Hill is now in the hands of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, which is working to raise money to make good on a deal to buy the land.
Guest column: Peets Hill offers shared space, mutual history
There is a common saying at the Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT), “By building trails, we build community.” The power of this saying became abundantly clear last month when 12 acres at the south end of Peets Hill was suddenly for sale. How do we possibly put a price tag on a place like Peets Hill?
Join the Peets Pack
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Progress on Peets Hill
We have officially hit our GVLT fundraising goal. Now, we will work with the City of Bozeman to apply for Cash in Lieu of Parkland funds to obtain the final amount needed to secure the 12-acre parcel.
Bozeman commission to consider purchase of Peets Hill addition
Dec. 10, 2021 - Bozeman city commissioners plan to consider next week whether the city should spend $800,000 to seal the deal on a purchase of 12 acres of land on Peets Hill.
HISTORY OF BURKE PARK
The Highland Ridge area (the top of Peets Hill) of Bozeman was first platted as the Electric Heights Addition in 1892
BOZEMAN, LAND TRUST CLOSE DEAL FOR PEETS HILL LAND
Jan. 21, 2021 - It’s official: 12 acres off Bozeman’s iconic Peets Hill will be preserved as a city park.
you're invited to the Peets Hill Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Since August 2021, you've worked hard to secure the funding to protect Peets' final piece. Now, it's time to celebrate!
A big thank you to our community partners
Learn more about how you can help protect Peets' Final Piece