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Feb 19, 2014 9:27 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News

Story Mill community park one step closed to being reality

The Story Mill Community Park is one step closer to becoming a reality. MTN's Keele Smith shows us why there's strong support for the plan.

The Story Mill Community Park would be right next to the Boys and Girls Club and close to neighborhoods across the street on Bridger Drive.
The Trust for Public Land says that at a recent hearing, 30 people voiced their support for the project.

Maddy Pope, with the Trust for Public Land said, "They're concerned about this property. They know it contains a full half mile of the East Gallatin, a section of Bozeman Creek and the largest remaining wetland area in between."

The Trust for Public Land owns the property around Story Mill and wants to sell it to the City to create Bozeman's largest community park.

The land would be used as a nature sanctuary and have playgrounds and trails, which some nearby residents say, is a great idea.

Par Court Resident, Nan Rice said, "I live in a neighborhood with a lot of different ages and I think we'll all use it a lot."

Rice says, "I would just look forward to walking and enjoying nature over there and knowing that there's not going to be more houses going up, that will be nice too."

That's exactly why the Trust for Public Land bought the property, to save it from being developed.

"It would be a place where people can point to and say our community really thought ahead, when they, not only when they passed the Parks and Trails Bond but then saw the bold vision for creating a 54 acre community park at the Story Mill site," Pope said.

The next step is approval from the City Commission.

A date has not been set yet for the proposal to go before commissioners, but it could be as early as the latter part of March.

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