MRA worked collaboratively with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to develop a master plan for MRL park through an extensive neighborhood input process. Residents who participated in the master planning process emphasized a desire for lots of open green space, a playground, a community garden, a dog park, a multi-use playing court, and a small pavilion. A design team led by DHM Design Landscape Architects was hired to develop the master plan into a detailed park plan and to create construction documents. The design team loosely organized the site design to reflect a rail yard, incorporating rail artifacts donated by MRL. The round playground with its locomotive play structures and radiating walks might be seen as the rail yard roundhouse, and the linear rows of the community garden might be seen as a series of rail tracks that terminate at bumper stops defining an entry plaza. A signal tower cantilevered over the recently completed Bitterroot Trail serves as a sculptural entry feature. Master Plan
Park construction began in May 2018 and is expected to be substantially complete by the end of October 2018, although trees and furnishings will not be installed until early next spring. Dick Anderson Construction (DAC) is managing construction.Mary Avenue West
The project goals include improving public safety for all modes of travel on the reconstructed street; along with the addition of curb, gutter, and sidewalks. MRA has contracted with WGM Group, Inc. of Missoula for development of the preliminary design work. WGM Group completed the previous preliminary design of California from the Clark Fork River to Dakota Street, and will continue their design efforts on California Street south to S. 3rd St. W.
The first step taken last Fall involved notifying the neighborhood and other stakeholders of the project. In September 2017, the design team met with the Riverfront Neighborhood Leadership Team and introduced the Project at a general meeting of the Riverfront Neighborhood Council. WGM completed a retracement survey the California Street right-of-way and property boundary lines in the project area. After completing the right-of-way mapping, the Project Team met with interested residents and stakeholders in the project area. Based on the input received, several design alternatives were developed for California Street from Dakota Street to S. 3rd St. W.
The design alternatives will be presented and public comment received at a public open house 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Salvation Army 355 S. Russell St. on Thursday May 17th. The presentation can be found at: https://prezi.com/view/Rnaj0J9Rjcl8jvmis7es/