Terry Park will soon have new playground equipment and a picnic shelter! Terry Park is a neighborhood park located near 5th Street West and Terry Avenue. This park is very popular, especially in the summer time, because of the splash pad and playground. However, many of the play features at the current playground have been removed because they are either obsolete or unsafe. Existing play features are aging rapidly, dramatically reducing the play value of the equipment. This past summer, the citizens of Billings were able to help choose the new playground equipment that will be installed at the Park through a voting contest held on Facebook. Over 1,200 votes were cast with 84% choosing the winning concept as their preferred playground design! The new playground will include features that are accessible and inclusive, so that children of all abilities can play side-by-side with their friends. We are awaiting the arrival of the equipment and will begin installation, weather pending, when the installer becomes available. We anticipate the project will be complete in spring of 2022. The playground budget is $300,000.
The Terry Park picnic shelter is under construction! Located near the playground in the southwest corner of Terry Park, this new picnic shelter will be a great asset to the community for family gatherings and other events. The shelter will be available for reservation on the Billings Park and Recreation website, Billingsparks.org, or on a first-come-first-serve basis. The funds used to purchase and install the shelter were generated from of a cell phone company purchasing the right to install a tower at the fire station near the park. The project is estimated to be completed over the winter. The Shelter budget is $80,000.