Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Plan (PROST)

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Planning Board Public Hearing:

2019 Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan

 The Missoula Consolidated Planning Board will conduct a public hearing on the 2019 Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Missoula City Council Chambers located at 140 W. Pine Street, Missoula, Montana.   

The Planning Board will consider making a finding of conformance with the city and county growth policies and recommending adoption of the plan as a growth policy issue plan for both the city and the county.

The plan updates and replaces the 1995 and 2006 open space plans for the Missoula urban area. It addresses Missoula area residents’ current desire for a connected open space system that balances public access, natural resources, and population growth. The purpose of the plan is to help guide the city open space program and the county open lands program in the Missoula urban area, including the expenditure of public and private funds for open space conservation. The Missoula Open Space Advisory Committee and the Missoula County Open Land Citizens Advisory Board have both reviewed the plan and recommended adoption.

Your comments on the proposal are welcomed and encouraged.

Comments may be made at the public hearings, or in writing ahead of the hearing.  Written comments should be emailed to or sent to the following mailing address: City of Missoula Parks and Recreation; 600 Cregg Lane; Missoula, MT  59802

Project materials including a draft plan can be found at:

Hard copies are available for review at Missoula County Community and Planning Services (CAPS), located at 127 E. Main Street, and at Missoula Parks and Recreation Department located at 600 Cregg Lane.

 Questions on this project can be directed to Donna Gaukler or 552-6265.

After the Planning Board hearing, a joint public hearing of the Missoula City Council and Board of County Commissioners will occur later this fall


May 2019 Comment Period on the Draft 2019 Open Space Plan chapter of the PROST plan

In May 2019, there was an opportunity to review and comment on the draft Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan. That public comment period is closed.

For more information, contact Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands’ Natural Resource Specialist Kylie Paul

PROST Plan Overview

Missoula County Parks, Trails, and Open Lands Program, and City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department are coordinating efforts to draft a new master Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) plan for the greater Missoula valley and urban area ('Missoula Urban Area') that encompasses the City of Missoula and portions of the County.

This new, integrated plan will replace the 2004 Master Parks and Recreation Plan for the Greater Missoula Area, the 1995 Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan, and the 2006 Open Space Plan update. At completion and adoption, the PROST plan will stand as a blueprint for the next 10 years of parks, open space, and recreation services to residents.

When completed, the comprehensive PROST plan will include:

  • Public involvement processes and facilitation, including timely communications with citizens and elected officials through web updates, presentations and news releases.
  • A statistically valid Citizen Survey (PDF)
  • Identification of potential inter-agency and public/private partnerships
  • Consultant services for evaluation of land, facilities, and program needs, maintenance services, park management, operations funding, as well as recreation program evaluations
  • Review of operational efficiency and program service delivery GIS Mapping

Learn more (PDF) about the PROST planning process and opportunities for public input, why plan updates are needed, and funding for the project. 

PROST Document Links