Clinton Community Park Planning

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Join us for a grand opening celebration of the Clinton Skatepark at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1! Find more information under the "News Feed" below.

Let us know your questions on the Clinton Community Park and follow this project for future engagement opportunities.

It’s no secret the Clinton Community Park has needed a facelift for a while now. As the property owners of this park, Missoula County secured resources from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2022 to conduct a Targeted Brownfields Assessment for the park. After months of community engagement in Clinton -- including community, stakeholder and school board meetings, a school assembly and a public open house -- Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands and the EPA drafted a Clinton Community Park Reuse Plan. The plan features a conceptual design for the park, including developing a skatepark and rehabilitating the community center. In addition, the plan includes a proposal to connect the community park to the Clinton Conservation Park, a 22-acre undeveloped green space to the south along the Clark Fork River. The reuse plan also aims to protect the local ecology as new development occurs and to be a sustainable and climate-resilient site, using best management practices, such as implementing native plantings and sustainable materials where feasible when developing.

A Clinton Community Park Working Group also formed from the community workshops associated with the development of the reuse plan. The Working Group is focused on ensuring the recent park planning process translates into near‐term improvements. Participants include the Clinton School District, local community organizers and representatives of the regional skateboarding community. The skatepark is the Working Group’s inaugural effort and the first capital campaign at Clinton Community Park in over 20 years. Since early 2023, the Working Group has actively fundraised for the project. In Aug. 3, 2023, the Working Group, in collaboration with PTOL staff, had raised $110,861 of cash and in-kind donations to compliment the $100,000 committed to the project by the Montana Pool Service (Jeff Arment's nonprofit), and $50,000 by the Montana Skatepark Association. Since then, the Working Group, in collaboration with PTOL staff, has raised an additional $50,475 of cash and grant contributions towards supporting amenities, maintenance seed funding and Clinton School skate camps. With this funding, supporting amenities will be or already have been established, such as a parking lot off Silver Street; garbage service and portable restroom facilities; and installation of fencing along Silver Street and around the perimeter of the newly established parking area.

The reuse plan, which outlines the next steps for reactivation of the site, was adopted by the Missoula County commissioners at a public meeting in June 2023. The first phase of this reuse plan was the Clinton Skatepark, which is having its grand opening at 11 a.m. on June 1, 2024.

Keep in mind this park plan has a few project areas, which are being tackled separately, though simultaneously: the skatepark, the community center and development of additional amenities.

Read the details on each section of this park, ask questions, follow this project to hear about future engagement opportunities, and check in on the community’s working group for this park on Facebook.

Join us for a grand opening celebration of the Clinton Skatepark at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1! Find more information under the "News Feed" below.

Let us know your questions on the Clinton Community Park and follow this project for future engagement opportunities.

It’s no secret the Clinton Community Park has needed a facelift for a while now. As the property owners of this park, Missoula County secured resources from the Environmental Protection Agency in 2022 to conduct a Targeted Brownfields Assessment for the park. After months of community engagement in Clinton -- including community, stakeholder and school board meetings, a school assembly and a public open house -- Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands and the EPA drafted a Clinton Community Park Reuse Plan. The plan features a conceptual design for the park, including developing a skatepark and rehabilitating the community center. In addition, the plan includes a proposal to connect the community park to the Clinton Conservation Park, a 22-acre undeveloped green space to the south along the Clark Fork River. The reuse plan also aims to protect the local ecology as new development occurs and to be a sustainable and climate-resilient site, using best management practices, such as implementing native plantings and sustainable materials where feasible when developing.

A Clinton Community Park Working Group also formed from the community workshops associated with the development of the reuse plan. The Working Group is focused on ensuring the recent park planning process translates into near‐term improvements. Participants include the Clinton School District, local community organizers and representatives of the regional skateboarding community. The skatepark is the Working Group’s inaugural effort and the first capital campaign at Clinton Community Park in over 20 years. Since early 2023, the Working Group has actively fundraised for the project. In Aug. 3, 2023, the Working Group, in collaboration with PTOL staff, had raised $110,861 of cash and in-kind donations to compliment the $100,000 committed to the project by the Montana Pool Service (Jeff Arment's nonprofit), and $50,000 by the Montana Skatepark Association. Since then, the Working Group, in collaboration with PTOL staff, has raised an additional $50,475 of cash and grant contributions towards supporting amenities, maintenance seed funding and Clinton School skate camps. With this funding, supporting amenities will be or already have been established, such as a parking lot off Silver Street; garbage service and portable restroom facilities; and installation of fencing along Silver Street and around the perimeter of the newly established parking area.

The reuse plan, which outlines the next steps for reactivation of the site, was adopted by the Missoula County commissioners at a public meeting in June 2023. The first phase of this reuse plan was the Clinton Skatepark, which is having its grand opening at 11 a.m. on June 1, 2024.

Keep in mind this park plan has a few project areas, which are being tackled separately, though simultaneously: the skatepark, the community center and development of additional amenities.

Read the details on each section of this park, ask questions, follow this project to hear about future engagement opportunities, and check in on the community’s working group for this park on Facebook.

  • The Skatepark

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    Come to the grand opening celebration of the Clinton Community Skatepark at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Clinton Community Park, 10011 Stitt Street Clinton MT 59825.

    The Clinton Skatepark’s funding and construction is a result of a collaboration between the Clinton Community Park Working Group, Missoula County, Montana Pool Service, the Montana Skatepark Association, Evergreen Skateparks, Friends of Missoula Parks and many other donors and supporters. Within walking distance of the Clinton School and easily accessible to surrounding neighborhoods, this project is the first step in returning the Clinton Community Park to a vibrant gathering space.

    The grand opening celebration will include food trucks, community booths and speakers from agencies and organizations who played a key role in making the skatepark a reality. It will also feature a “Race Around the Track” activity, where community members and project partners can take part in a lap around the skatepark track, with the finish line acting as the “ribbon cutting” for the skatepark.

    Open skating will also be available throughout the event and after. We ask all attendees follow signage along East Mullan Road for primary event parking on the Stitt Street side of the park, with overflow parking available at the Clinton School. Event parking or vehicle turnaround will not be available at the park entrance off Silver Street.

    If you require accessible accommodations, please contact Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands at countyparks@missoulacounty.us before the event.

    • The reuse plan identified the establishment of a skatepark as an essential element within the plan.
    • The Clinton Skatepark Project focused on design and construction of a 7,000-8,000 square foot multiuse skatepark facility within Missoula County's Clinton Community Park. Within walking distance of the Clinton School and easily accessible to surrounding neighborhoods, this project was the first step in returning the park to a vibrant gathering space.
    • Prior to the Clinton Community Park planning process, the Montana Skatepark Association and Jeff Ament, through his nonprofit "Montana Pool Service," pledged funding toward construction of a skatepark at this location. Since early 2023, the Working Group actively fundraised for the project. In Aug. 2023, the Working Group, in collaboration with PTOL staff, had raised $110,861 of cash and in-kind donations to compliment the $100,000 committed to the project by the Montana Pool Service (Jeff Arment's nonprofit), and $50,000 by the Montana Skatepark Association. Since then, the Working Group, in collaboration with PTOL staff, has raised an additional $50,475 of cash and grant contributions towards supporting amenities, maintenance seed funding and Clinton School skate camps.
    • Around 20% of the total skatepark construction cost was sourced directly from County funds. All other funding included within the County share of the project cost was sourced from cash and in-kind donations received through grant and foundation awards, as well as the generous contributions of local businesses and contractors.
    • Missoula County worked with Evergreen Skateparks, which specializes in building skateparks, to construct this. They integrated a concrete pump track and learning area into the site design, with flatter, slower features for beginners.
    • The Clinton Community Park Working Group, Missoula County PTOL and City of Missoula Parks and Recreation have been working with the Clinton School to bring a ‘All Abilities Skateboarding Class’ as an option for the After School Program in May 2024. Thanks to the Working Group's fundraising efforts, all of the operational, registration and gear giveaway costs for two, three-day skate camps are now funded. Students will learn how to fall, how to find their balance and to turn the board – walking away with new skills, confidence and moves.
  • The Community Center

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    • Originally built as a church in 1910, the Community Center moved to its current location in the northeast corner of the community park in 1974. The building has historic interest in the community, but it has been heavily altered, including an addition, since it moved from its original location. Because of this, the Montana State Historic Preservation Office expressed it is not eligible for listing.
    • The building was previously used as a community center but has been vacant for around four years. A volunteer group originally ran it.
    • In its current condition, the building is dilapidated, with various structural and environmental hazards. The Targeted Brownfields Assessment for the park included sampling and analysis in and around the community center for these hazards. This analysis showed high levels of mold and lead-based paint, as well as limited quantities of asbestos-containing materials. Soils surrounding the building also contain lead, likely from the paint on the exterior of the building.
    • The question for the County and community is whether the existing community center should be restored and possibly expanded, or does it need to be demolished and removed, and if it is removed, should a new one be constructed in its place? The answer depends on identifying a sustainable partnership model for maintenance and acquiring funding for capital improvements. One of the first steps is looking into how much the Brownfield grant can cover.
    • After months of community engagement, the County can see how much Clinton would value a community center. Missoula County will use the Brownfield grant funding to explore cleanup options and alternatives, and the County will ask for engagement with community members throughout this process.
  • Additional Amenities

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    To fully build out the park, Missoula County will need to form partnerships with local athletic groups, garden clubs and other organizations to acquire the following resources for the park. Missoula County will do outreach to community organizations with the goal of sharing reuse plans for the park and discussing opportunities for leadership in developing the park infrastructure and programming. The following projects were identified through the master planning effort. Some will be phased in as funding becomes available. Fundraising efforts will continue through construction of the skatepark as the Working Group looks to secure funding for these supporting amenities. Dependent on level of funding secured, these supporting amenities will include establishment of a parking lot off Silver Street; an approximately 800 square foot picnic pavilion; garbage service and portable restroom facilities; and installation of fencing along Silver Street and around the perimeter of the newly established parking area. Others amenities would require partner development.

    • Baseball field updates: The Clinton Park currently has a baseball field, and in 2020, the County removed the field’s dilapidated outfield fence, grandstand and other hazardous structures. The irrigation system was tested in the summer of 2022 and can still irrigate one-third of the field. The field is not regularly mowed but is voluntarily cut once or twice a year by a local landowner who benefits from having the hay from the site.
    • Shaded shelter with storage
    • Restrooms
    • Pavilion
    • Perimeter trail and pedestrian access from Silver Street
    • Stitt Road parking
    • Silver Street parking
    • Native plant gardens
    • Outdoor classroom: This would include a platform demonstration area with a white board and table and boulders for seating.
    • Community agriculture space: This would include garden fencing, soil prep, irrigation setup and program materials. It’s anticipated that these startup costs can be recuperated through member fees, fundraisers, etc.
    • Signage: This would include designing and installing wayfinding signage, assuming that the required right-of-way is donated.
Page last updated: 22 May 2024, 01:04 PM