Story Mill Park is one step closer to becoming one of Bozeman’s biggest, best public parks after receiving a $75,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank. Crews began work on the 55 acre park late last year and have been working on clearing buildings and opening the space need to transform the area into parkland. The grant will go towards development of the park and restoration of the segment of the East Gallatin River that flows through it.
The developers, the Trust for Public Land, will still need to collect additional funds but the donation helps them towards creating a park with a wide variety of amenities. The project has been given $4.5 million by the City of Bozeman but the Trust for Public Lands will need to gain additional donations from private donors like Wells Fargo. The trust believes around 3 to 4 million will still be needed for the project.
A majority of the park will be built from 2017 to 2018. The park will be designed to connect the city trails into the M and Drinking Horse trails, further expanding Bozeman’s already vast trail system.