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

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Please review and comment on the draft Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan! This plan builds upon the 1995 open space plan and 2006 update. Its purpose is to help guide the work of the City’s open space program as well as the County’s open lands program in the greater Missoula Valley and urban area. It is intended to support and be consistent with the City and County’s respective adopted plans and to guide open space acquisitions and easements. The open space plan is also useful for promoting education, partnerships, and intergovernmental cooperation aimed at conservation and environmental quality. 

The draft Missoula Urban Area Open Space Plan and Appendices are now available for public comment until May 31, 2019.

Review the plan and submit your comments.

For more information, contact Missoula Parks and Recreation’s Open Space Acquisition Attorney Elizabeth Erickson or 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