More than 300 people joined Billings TrailNet July 13 to celebrate the trails and the ribbon cutting for Phase 1 of the Skyline Trail at Zimmerman Park.

This first phase was truly a community effort, and Billings TrailNet wishes to thank the many people and organizations that contributed time, money and in-kind donations to build the trail and create a successful event!

Thank you to our sponsors

We would also like to thank the following people and organizations who contributed to the Trailblazing Celebration and Phase 1 of the Skyline Trail:

• Phillips 66 was the first to donate- and gave $50,000 for a restroom on the trail and $10,000 for benches along the trail. We installed the restrooms in August 2018 at Zimmerman Park.

• Dick Charbonneau- who has given significantly and generously to the Skyline Trail

•  Billings TrailNet corporate member Billings Chamber of Commerce- has championed the Skyline Trail and supported financially

• Big Sky Economic Development- Donated $5,000 to the Skyline Trail and has advocated for the trail to our community leaders

 

•  Billings Clinic- Donated $5,000 to the Skyline Trail and has advocated for the trail to our community leaders

• Bernie Rose, former Billings TrailNet board member and member of Yellowstone County Parks board, who has given generously in providing for the restroom’s maintenance.

• Montana State Parks and the Recreational Trails Program- who awarded Billings TrailNet $15,000 to build Phase 1 of the trail and add interpretive signs along the path

• Many individual donors- have given more than $25,000 toward building the Skyline Trail

• Cal Cumin and the Yellowstone County Parks- who partnered with Billings TrailNet to secure a grant for Phase 1 of the trail, store the millings and allow the trail, restrooms and signs to be installed at Zimmerman Park to incorporate the park into the entire Skyline Trail plan

• Patrick Parker from Beartooth Design, who has given his time and heart to promoting the Skyline Trail, to promoting this celebration and to designing the restroom privacy screen

• Board member Jim Downs, who has spent countless hours helping to plan the Skyline Trail, and the entire Board of Directors, for their contributions and work on this project

• Adam Bauer and Missoula Concrete, who fabricated the restrooms and gave a donated to this project

• Bruce Larsen, who installed the restrooms

•  Beartooth Ironworks- manufactured the beautiful privacy screen designed by Beartooth Design Co.

 

•  Bill Tieszen with Tieszen & Sons- discounted their services generously to install the restroom privacy screen and interpretive sign

• Retired Regional Director of Montana Department of Transportation, Stefan Streeter-  whose vision and friendship helped make this trail possible.

• Montana Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley- who rode along Highway 3 with BTN’s ED Kristi Drake, to see how the future Skyline Trail would impact the safety and enjoyment of bicyclists and pedestrians 

• MDT’s team, Wade Salyards, Rod Nelson, Shane Johnson and Dwayne Kailey, who worked with Billings TrailNet to allow the trail to be built along the highway

• Scott Walker with City/County Planning- whose vision inspired the Skyline Trail, and who conducted the initial feasibility study for a trail along Highway 3 in 2015

• Dave Mumford, Debi Meling and Erin Claunch with the City of Billings Public Works/Engineering, who have partnered with Billings TrailNet to oversee the design and manage the project

• Michael Sanderson and Tim Pirtz at Sanderson Stewart- who discounted their services to enable Billings TrailNet to get the trail engineered, and whose chief engineer, Tim Pirtz has designed the Skyline Trail

• Tim Erickson, Melissa Widseth and Christin Moreau at HDR Engineering-  who helped plan this section and served as an important liaison in securing the pavement for Phase 1 of the trail. HDR has been an Ales for Trails sponsor for many years.

• Kurt Kaufman at Riverside Contracting- who donated the millings from the Highway 3/Zimmerman Trail roundabout bypass to pave the trail and the parking lot at Zimmerman Park  

• Ray and Mary Beth Beaulieu at Big Guy Barbecue, who have partnered and supported Billings TrailNet, helped plan this event and are providing the food truck at the Trailblazing Celebration

• Carrie Carpenter, her teacher Eric Anderson and students and faculty at the Billings Career Center- who donated their time and materials to designing and fabricating the interpretive sign and Skyline Trail signs

• Karen Sanford Gall and The Heart & Sole Run organizers and sponsors, who have organized the run that has contributed $89,000 to our trail system

• Anne Gauer and Allen Peters from Spotlight Productions- who have recorded countless hours and images of the Skyline Trail for all of our promotions   

• Andrew Thomas- who donated his beautiful image of the rims in the afternoon for our promotional materials and the interpretive sign

• Our corporate member, Dean Cromwell and his team at The Spoke Shop- who is providing e-bikes for this event, has donated a mountain bike for a raffle prize, and is an Ales for Trails sponsor and corporate member

• Our corporate member, Scott Brown and his team at The Base Camp, who have partnered with Billings TrailNet for years and given significantly to the trail system as an Ales for Trails sponsor and corporate member

• Kevin Kooistra from Western Heritage Center- who provided information on the cultural history of the rims and Zimmerman Park

• Carolyn Sevier from Montana Audubon Center- who provided information on mountain ranges, the natural area and birds to be found at Zimmerman Park for the interpretive sign

• Yellowstone Rimrunners, who have partnered with Billings TrailNet on our events and our trails, and who have given significantly to developing our trails

• The Billings Association of Realtors, who have chosen the Skyline Trail as this year’s Quality of Life Run recipient

• Billings Rotary and Kiwanis- who, back in the 1938, gave money to developing Zimmerman Park

• Spectrum Reach, who has donated to the Skyline Trail and to producing this event

• Dr. Sarah Keller and her Communication class at Montana State University-Billings- who helped plan and promote this Trailblazing Celebration

• Mayor Bill Cole and Billings’ First Lady, Anne Cole- who have given generously, promoted effectively and supported the Skyline Trail

• Steve Madsen, a dear friend and Billings TrailNet member who mowed the area for the parking lot at Zimmerman Park to enable us to host the Trailblazing Celebration

• Selby’s, who donated a beautiful display version of our artist’s rendering of the Skyline Trail

•  James Kordonowy from A&E- Designed the restroom

•  Western Awards & Engraving- Engraved nameplates for the donor plaque

•  John Felten- Designed and created the Billings TrailNet donor plaque to honor $1,000 individual and $10,000 business donors

•  Bill Tieszen with Tieszen & Sons- Discounted installation of the Restroom privacy screen

•  Krivonen & Associates- Discounted design and stamp of engineer’s approval for installation of the Restroom privacy screen

•  Billings Construction Supply- Donated the use of and delivered equipment for the day of the Trailblazing Celebration

•  John Moore at T&E- donated the use of their generator for the sound

•  Nate Sauter with Montana Portable Stages- provided the stage with generosity

•  Arterial Drive- wrote a song for the trails and played their hearts out for the Trailblazing Celebration and always at Ales for Trails!

•  Chris Payette- provided sound services for Arterial Drive to rock our world!

•  Allegra Marketing- They provided invitations and posters for the Trailblazing Celebration through their Footprint Fund

•  Monica Kordonowy from Vintage Five- Contributed publicity and marketing for trails and the Trailblazing Celebration