New Meadows Park Proposed Master Plan

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New Meadows Park Proposed Master Plan

May 2, 2018

Ready for Public Review

Revised Draft Comprehensive New Meadows Park master plan

Missoula County Parks, Trails, and Open Lands Program presented the revised draft comprehensive master plan for New Meadows Park at a neighborhood meeting on April 18, 2018.   Revisions to the draft plan (dated September 2017) reflect public comment received and include themes related to:  Increase the distance between Sunset Memorial Cemetery and high-use park areas, an off-leash dog area, park access, increased parking lot size and preservation of open space to support wildlife value within the Clark Fork Grass Valley Important Bird Area.

Park staff continue to accept public comments on the Draft Comprehensive New Meadows Park master plan. Please take a moment to review the plan documents below. Comments are always welcome, please email comments to Garrick Swanson.

Parks and Trails staff will reach back out to the community for a hopeful fourth and final neighborhood meeting within the next month inviting residents to:

  • Review the draft comprehensive park plan,
  • Consider a proposed focused first phase of the park for funding efforts and hopeful development
  • Seek public support to request the Parks and Trails Advisory Board recommend the comprehensive park plan be adopted by the County Commissioners

April 18, 2018 Meeting Documents: 

New Meadows Park design is based on public input gathered at the February 2016 neighborhood design workshop held at Hellgate Elementary School District.   At the workshop, residents participated in small group activities to share their vision for the park.   Design Workshop participants identified: Low impact development, walking loop/trail, playground, dog park/dog area, shade shelter, and buffer zones from shared property lines as high-priority amenities (top five) for the master planning process.

Based on public input staff designed the current comprehensive revised draft master plan for New Meadows Park.  The draft comprehensive plan incorporates the neighborhoods’ stated priorities and guiding principles from both the February 2016 meeting and the September 2017 meeting.



Missoula County Parks, Trails & Open Lands program is seeking public comment on a proposed master plan for New Meadows Park.  Staff presented the proposed master plan on September 12, 2017 at our second neighborhood public meeting at Hellgate Middle School, school district #4.

Public Comment period will be open until October 31, 2017.  Please submit your comments to:

After all comments are reviewed and the master plan revised as per public comment, Parks, Trails & Open Lands will host a third neighborhood meeting to share changes and seek community support for the master plan and narrative.  Meeting location and time will be announced.

Please send your email to the address above if you would like to receive meeting information and events related to New Meadows Park.


The County Parks, Trails & Open Lands Program use a public master planning process to define a long-term sustainable vision for parks.  The public planning process and adopted planning documents help identify best uses for specific County Parks that make the most of limited resources and protect the landscape for the use and enjoyment of the community.

The cost of park construction can vary significantly pending on material and method of construction. The park could be developed in phases, to allow incremental development as funding for development and on-going maintenance is secured.

The master park plan provides a foundation to research possible funding from a variety of resources including;
Matching Grant Program; County Trails Bond Program; Federal Land & Water Conservation funds; State Recreation Trails Program; Parks, Trails & Open Lands Capital Improvement Funds and various Park & Recreation grants. 

To date, the proposed master plan was developed with input from neighborhood residents and an extensive public process.  The proposed plan includes features and facilities not limited to:

  • Playpod for 2-5 / 5-12 year olds
  • Multi-use sports turf
  • Open Space / Native Vegetation
  • Paved and Gravel trails
  • Park signage
  • Multi-Use Hard surface court
  • Passive recreation
  • Central gathering area with shade shelter
  • Bike Skills area intended for beginner and intermediate riders