PROTECT PEETS’ FINAL PIECE
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. 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. We have made an offer on the property and are working with the City of Bozeman to identify potential funding sources. We have six months to raise the funding needed to close on this parcel.
Front Street Connector
GVLT is planning a new connection that will help link the North part of Bozeman. The 1/4 mile connector trail on Front Street will start at the intersection of Rouse Avenue ans Oak Street on the Northeast side of Bozeman. This paved, multi-use path will occupy a city right-of-way and will greatly improve the safety for trail users who want to connect to the Northeast trail system coming from the west. Right now, people would have to use busy Rouse Ave. to connect with the trail network. With this added connection, people will be able to safely access the Story Mill Spur Trail, the new Story Mill Park, Path to the M, East Gallatin Recreation Area and more. This project is partially funded by the Bozeman Trails, Open Space, and Parks Bond. The total cost for this project is $215,000. Construction is delayed due to road construction in the area.
East West Connector
We’ve connected Main Street to the Mountains, and now we’re embarking on a new vision; connecting neighborhoods, schools, and businesses, east to west, so that trail users may safely traverse the city. We are working to secure city officials’ time, money and resources to plan for and install hundreds of wayfinding signs, create and restore short trail segments to city standards, and ensure that pedestrians and bikers have safe places to cross our busy street network. We’ve applied for funding in the City of Bozeman Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOP) bond fund. TOP funding for these projects will be highly leveraged, and funding from the various sources represents federal, state, county and collaborative investment from several departments within the city, as well as private foundations and businesses. The total cost of the project is around $345,000.
Triangle Trail Plan
We are proud to announce a collaborative effort with Gallatin County to create a Triangle Area Trail Plan. The Triangle is a rapidly developing area that will link Bozeman, Belgrade and Four Corners, but has no active guide or requirement for trail development. Without a plan, trails develop in fragments that are challenging, costly or virtually impossible to connect in the future. Now is the time to prevent a fragmented system and create a vision for a trail system in the Triangle Area. Sanderson Stewart, a local engineering firm with extensive knowledge of trails planning and the Triangle Area, will lead this public process.
Bear Creek Trail and Conservation Project
Recognizing the significant habitat values that merge in the Bear Canyon area with growing public enjoyment in the area south east of Bozeman, the Land Trust has been working on a project to acquire, own and manage a small piece of property with an outsized impact on the public lands around it. Growth throughout the valley has had an impact on Bear Canyon. New homes and development along with increased demand for recreation have impacted Bear Canyon as they have other neighborhoods in the foothills around the valley. Neighbors have seen a marked decline in wildlife and an increase in traffic leading to two existing trailheads. A longtime friend of GVLT and Bear Canyon resident approached us with a vision for his undeveloped 18 acres. He asked us if we could help him protect the property from development and build a trail to access adjacent public land. We couldn’t ignore his generous offer and vision.