Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase II Grand Opening
Thank you for your support of Fort Missoula Regional Park. We’d like to cordially invite you to the Phase II Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 6 to 10 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the Meadowlark shelter at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.AtTheFort.org for more information or click here.
Please note the date change—the grand opening celebration was originally scheduled for June 28. Our contractors are right on schedule, but due to higher than average precipitation and lower than average temperatures last fall and this spring, the turf grass needs a little more growing time to become established before the park opens.
Fort Missoula Regional Park Softball Complex Grand Opening
The Missoula Softball Association (MSA) is hosting a grand opening celebration for the softball complex only on June 29. Some of the sports facilities in Phase II were opened early to accommodate user groups. Friday’s event, hosted by MSA, includes a free community picnic, softball tournament and homerun derby in the FMRP Phase II softball 5-plex, starting at 6 p.m. The remainder of the park is still under construction and is not yet open to the public. Visit www.missoulasoftball.com for details of the June 29 event.
Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase I is open for use.
Phase 1 includes the facilities on the westernmost side of the park: Bella Vista pavilion, lighted synthetic turf field, 10 multi-sport fields, two playgrounds and paved pathways. Phase 1 can be accessed via Guardsman Ln. off of South Ave. To reserve a picnic shelter or rent a field, please contact Missoula Parks & Recreation.
FMRP Phase 2 construction progress - Spring 2018
Fort Missoula Regional Park Phase 2 construction is underway. For your safety, please remember that the existing Fort Missoula Regional Park (west of Community Medical Center) is closed to the public during construction.
Phase 2 construction includes an all-inclusive playground, a dog park, seven new softball diamonds, tennis & pickleball courts, volleyball & basketball courts, common outdoor entertainment areas (bocce ball, horseshoes, croquet, and more), a plaza and meeting room or one of many picnic shelters for your party, tournament or special event. Phase 2 is anticipated to open to the public in the early summer of 2018 (weather permitting). A grand opening celebration will mark the official opening of Phase 2. Check back here or visit the City of Missoula's project information page for additional updates and information regarding the grand opening.
The Fort Missoula Regional Park (FMRP) Design Team meets weekly with City and County staff, architects, engineers and consultants to keep the project moving forward. In addition to the Design Team, an Oversight Design/Construction Committee of both City and County administrative personnel meets regularly.
Imagine softball and soccer tournaments held on multi-sport fields at Fort Missoula as well as new restrooms, trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. The FMRP Master Plan October 2012 also includes places for activities such as croquet, volleyball, basketball, and pickleball. It encompasses the existing 63-acre County park as well as 82 acres the city purchased in 1998 using open space bond funds and 10 acres of UM land under lease to the City. The plan was developed by a park design consultant, City and County staff, and the Fort Missoula Working Group, a focus group composed of interested citizens, local officials, and special interest representatives.
Preservation of historic and cultural elements of Fort Missoula have been a critical part of the planning process. Historic Fort Missoula was constructed in 1877 and has housed the U.S. Infantry, a military training post, and even a World War II internment camp. It was also the site of the largest Civilian Conservation Corp headquarters in the U.S. from 1933 to 1941.
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