New Meadows Park Master Plan Implementation

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New Meadows Master Plan – Phase I 

Grant funding sought for trails

January 6th, 2019

Missoula County is applying for grant funds to implement Phase-I of the adopted park master plan. The project includes two trails: a perimeter  loop trail and connector trail that will tie the existing Mullan Road path to the New Meadows Subdivision. Funding is being sought through the Montana Recreational Trails Grant Program (RTP) administered by Montana State Parks and the Missoula County Trails Bond Program. This project supports the top two values and interests that were ranked by participants from the master planning process: Low Impact Development (LID) and Walking Loops/Trails.

PTOL has prepared an Environmental Analysis (EA)as part of the Montana Recreational Trails Program 2019 Grant Application Guidelines. The EA is intended to inform public groups, individuals and agencies of the proposed project and to inform whether the action may have a significant effect on human health or the natural environment within the project site or surrounding area. The application for Missoula County Trails Bond Program funds is also available for review. 

If you would like to comment on the draft EA or proposed project, please write or email Missoula County Parks, Trails & Open Lands Program. Contact if you are unable to access the link.

Comments must be in writing and must be received no later than January 20, 2019. Please email comments to The mailing address is: Parks, Trails & Open Lands Program, 200 West Broadway, Missoula, Montana 59802.

2019 RTP Environmental Analysis


New Meadows Park Adopted Master Plan

October 11, 2018 – Missoula County Commissioners Public Hearing

The New Meadows Park Master Plan was adopted by the Missoula County Board of Commissioners in October 2018.  The Master Plan was developed through an extensive public process with area residents and was supported by the County Parks and Trails Citizen Advisory Board.  The Master Plan provides a community-driven vision to replace existing features such as the playground, basketball court (half-size), and improve the park pedestrian circulation system with a connection to the Mullan Rd. shared-use path.

New Meadows Park, located at 7619 Mullan Rd., was established in 1980.  Due to increased park pressures, deteriorating park infrastructure and neighborhood interest, the Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands Program (PTOL) began a master planning process in 2017. 

PTOL does not currently have an implementation plan for the New Meadows Master Plan.  If grant opportunities align, future work will be accomplished over a period of time with a first phase to include construction of internal park trails.  In the meantime, PTOL will continue budgeting for park operation and maintenance costs.

Final Master Plan Adopted Documents (link Documents)


August 16, 2018 – County Parks and Trails Advisory Board Meeting 

The New Meadows Park proposed master plan was presented to the Missoula County Parks and Trails Advisory Board on August 16th, 2018.  Thank you to those who submitted comment by email or attended the meeting.  At the meeting two residents provided comment not in support of the master plan with one adjacent park property owner in attendance that spoke in favor of the plan.   After presenting the master plan public process to the Advisory Board, staff recommended that the Parks and Trails Advisory Board approve advancement of the New Meadows Park master plan and narrative that was supported by the residents in attendance at the June 19th, 2018 meeting to the Board of County Commissioners for master plan adoption. The Parks and Trails Advisory Board approved advancing the New Meadows Park Master Plan to the Board of County Commissioners.  

The New Meadows Park proposed master plan will be discussed at the upcoming September 4th, 2018 Community and Planning Services staff update meeting with the commissioners and staff working on the project.  As of now, the goal is to have the New Meadows Park proposed master plan presented at the October 11th, 2018 commissioners’ public meeting for hopeful adoption, this is subject to change.  If you are unable to attend either meeting and would like to provide comment, please email your comments to Garrick Swanson at

Community and Planning Services Staff Update
Sept 4, 2018-2:30 p.m.
Commissioners’ Conference Room
199 W Pine-second floor of the County Administration Building 

Commissioners’ Public Meeting
Oct. 11, 2018-2 p.m.Annex 151-200 West Broadway-Missoula County Courthouse

 August 16th Meeting Documents



Thank you to all New Meadows Park community members who participated in the park master planning process by attending a public meeting or providing comment.  The time you invested out of your schedule to provide project support and or public comment, generated a well-thought-out park master plan that gained community support by the residents who attended the June 19th, 2018 meeting.

The supported master plan reflects a light touch on the park focused on replacement of existing playground facilities, ½ size basketball court and an improved trail system that includes a perimeter trail.  New park features in the supported plan are limited to a multi-turf area, trees & shrubs and an irrigation system to meet park watering needs.  Development of features such as an enclosed dog park, bike skills track, shade shelter, and parking/vehicle access will require additional public process.

June 19thMeeting Documents:

Next Steps:

  • Request the Parks, Trails & Open Lands Advisory Board support the Master Plan and recommend approval to the Board of County Commissioners’
  • Request Board of County Commissioners’ adopt the New Meadows Park Master Plan
  • Community Driven implementation in partnership with the County Parks, Trails, and Open Lands Program focused on park enhancement/development in priority order of: Trails, Turf & Playground and a ½ size basketball court
  • Timeline is dependent on securing project funding

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The Parks and Trails Advisory Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM in the 2nd floor conference room of 323 West Alder in Missoula. The agenda is accessible through the CAPS EVENTS Calendar on the county website or at the link below.
 CAPS EVENT Calendar 

The Board of County Commissioners’ meetings, minutes and agendas can be viewed on the County Website or at the link below.

 The Parks, Trails, and Open Lands Program greatly appreciates your support to plan for and help design your County public park that reflects the needs and desires of neighbors and community. 

For more information or questions about the project, email Parks and Trail Planner Garrick Swanson, or call us at 406-258-4657.



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