More than 75 people crowded into the Billings Public Library for Billings TrailNet’s Annual Meeting and Trail Summit on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 pm at the Billings Public Library. More than just a meeting, we invited every trail organization in Billings to present and answer questions about trails and projects:
- Billings TrailNet presented a new trail we are working on and closing the Marathon Loop; and trail funding
- City County Planning presented the Billings Area Bikeway and Trail Master Plan; the Zimmerman Trail underpass (at the top of Zimmerman & Highway 3); and the North Bypass
- Parks & Recreation reviewed their strategic plan and the demand for more trails in the park system
- Public Works explained the 5-6 projects coming in the next 5-6 years (two bicycle boulevards- on Terry/Miles Ave; and another on Avenue D/Lyman); and a bicycle facility FINALLY! on 6th Avenue North, to connect the Heights to downtown!Chamber Trails Committee will discuss Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site and the agreement they have accomplished with Western Sugar for access from Riverfront Park to Garden Avenue
- Big Sky EDA unveiled their vision for the future of Coulson Park
There were also information tables hosted by:
- YRPA (Riverfront Park and John H Dover Memorial Park)
- Pedal United (mountain biking trail development at Acton Recreation Area)
- Billings’ Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (public voice to governing boards)
- Healthy by Design (active transportation/gardners market),
- Bike Walk Montana (legislative issues concerning bicyclists- does invasive species come to mind??)
For the Power Point presentation, please contact us at 406-281-1244.
Thanks to all who joined us at this energetic, informative Trail Summit!