The Trust for Public Land announced today that they have secured an option from American Bank to purchase a 61-acre property near the old Story Mill in Bozeman with the hope of eventually selling it to the City for the creation of a new park. Residents can voice their opinion here:

Five years ago, the land, near the old Story Mill in the northeast section of Bozeman, was planned for a large development of 1,200 residences along with commercial development. Those plans collapsed into bankruptcy in the economic recession and American Bank foreclosed on the property. The Trust for Public Land would like to offer the opportunity to transform the Story Mill property into a showcase park to the benefit of the community.

Earlier this year, Bozeman voters overwhelmingly approved a $15 million Parks and Trails Bond to be used for acquiring land for parks, trails, waterways, and recreation. The city is setting up a process to review applications for acquisitions through the bond, and the Story Mill project could be one of the earlier projects considered for a portion of these funds. The public funds would be matched by private donations for park development and improvements.

The Trust for Public Land is also exploring the potential for private redevelopment on the site of the former Bridger View Trailer Park, including affordable residential housing. Residents are invited to weigh in on the matter. Take part in a public opinion poll now. Learn more at www.tpl.org.