The Billings Parks and Recreation Department has completed construction to develop the first phase of the Centennial Park master plan. This was the first “Community Park” developed since 1982 when the department developed Castle Rock Park in the Heights. A “Community Park” is larger than a neighborhood park and generally range from 10+ to 100 acres depending on the community. Community Parks serve a larger area, a radius of one to three miles, and contain more recreation amenities than a Neighborhood Park. City Council approved spending of $2.46million dollars to complete the first phase of development Centennial Park, which is around 23 acres. Phase one included the complete grading of the site, installation of interior sidewalks, installation an automated irrigation system, and hydro seeding the open spaces. The project also included finishing construction of the Parking lot on East side of the park (accessible from 32nd street) and installation of a restroom facility.
The Friends of Billings Dog Parks Inc. donated $80,000 to the project for the completion of the fencing surrounding an off leash dog park area and two doggie water fountains. The Department is also planning to use the development of Centennial Park as an opportunity to create an Arboretum, a place where a variety of less commonly used trees are cultivate for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes. The completion of this project will provide two large multi-purpose open space areas that can be used for sports, community gatherings and other family activities.
The grand opening celebration took place on June 5th and included dog demonstrations, food trucks, live music, an inflatable obstacle course and slide, games, and more! The event began at noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony signifying the official opening, followed by festivities for the whole family. This event was made possible by the members of the Centennial Park grand opening planning committee and our generous event sponsors, Century 21 Hometown Brokers, Mayor Bill and Anne Cole, SCHEELS, Faith E Church, Dee-O-Gee, Little Horn State Bank, and Gordon and Robin Olson.