Congratulations to Michael Whitaker, the Director of the City of Billings Parks and Recreation Department has been elected President-Elect of the Montana Trails, Recreation and Park Association (MTRPA). Michael will assume the role of President at their annual membership meeting in 2016.
MTRPA is an organization of trails, parks and recreation professionals dedicated to improving your quality of life. Members come from Montana cities and towns as well as the State of Montana, the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Montana Universities. ... See MoreSee Less
The City of Billings departments with volunteer programs – Parks & Recreation, the Police Department, and the Public Library – are coming together to recognize volunteers at a citywide volunteer appreciation dinner. This is the first time city departments have joined together at the same event to thank volunteers. This project is a part of a Billings Metro VISTA Project called “Better Billings through Increased Volunteerism” which seeks to promote volunteerism in the city. There are over 2,300 volunteers in the city who have contributed over 25,000 hours in the past fiscal year. Their contribution is valued at $594,213.99. The City of Billings is extremely grateful for its civic-minded, passionate, and dedicated volunteer staff.
For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Volunteer Coordinator, Chris Waite at 698-1447. ... See MoreSee Less
BILLING PARKS AND RECREATION RECEIVED A CITATION OF MERIT FROM THE MONTANA TRAILS, RECREATION AND PARKS ASSOCIATION FOR AGENCY EXCELLENCE IN CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT
The National Recreation and Park Association has long emphasized the role and importance of citizen participation in design, planning and management of parks. Over the past year, the Billings Parks Recreation and Public Land Department has engaged citizens in a variety of ways (public meetings, an online survey, a city-wide statistically valid survey and citizen committees) to involve the pubic in the delivery of parks and recreation services in Billings, Montana.
SOUTH PARK, PIONEER PARK AND TRAILS END PARK PLAYGROUNDS
• Committees consisting of a park board member, staff and community members were used to evaluate play value of potential playground equipment at Pioneer and South Parks.
• A group of children assisted with the design of a new playground at Trails End Park.
• An online survey was used to determine the top playground design for Trails End Park.
PARKS AND RECREATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT
• A city-wide statically valid survey was used to help identify and prioritize the community’s top parks and recreation needs.
SOUTH PARK SPRAYGROUND
• Community and public meetings were used to help determine the location and types of features at South Park’s new spraypark.
DAILY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
• We utilize social media (Our Facebook page has over 3, 950 followers) to inform and engage Billings residents. ... See MoreSee Less