Monday, August 9, 2010

West Bank Park Survey

West Bank Park Steering Committee
Invites Residents to Take the Survey!

The West Bank Park Steering Committee is inviting all members of the community to take an on-line survey to help with developing a Master Plan for West Bank Park. The survey is intended to determine the community’s preferences on topics such as design elements and funding alternatives for the Park. Hard copies will be available at the Park and Recreation Office, Natatorium Swimming Pool, Community Recreation Center, Civic Center (Convention Center), and the Great Falls Public Library.

The Steering Committee and consultant have already conducted a town meeting and design charrette on the Master Plan. The questions in the survey are a way for the committee to get feedback from the community at large on ideas that have been generated at these meetings. The survey offers an opportunity for anyone in the community to share their ideas for the park with the Steering Committee.

West Bank Park is located on the west bank of the Missouri, across from downtown, north of the Central Avenue Bridge, and the new Federal Courthouse. The goal of the Master Plan process is to solicit input from the public and create a roadmap for redevelopment of the park. The survey results will help the Steering Committee to assess community priorities for developing the park and will provide vital data for securing future funding. The City is urging the entire community to help with this effort by participating in the survey.

The City has hired CTA Architects Engineers Planners as professional consultants to lead the project. Marty Basta, Great Falls Park and Rec Director notes, “West Bank Park has the potential to become one of the premier municipal riverfront parks in the State. The community’s involvement is a critical aspect of making this happen.” The deadline for completing the survey is August 15. The draft Master Plan is anticipated to be completed in the fall.

If you have any questions, please contact Marty Basta, Parks and Recreation Director, 406-771-1265.

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