Centennial Park Development

Centennial Park Development

The Billings Parks and Recreation Department has begun construction to develop the first phase of the Centennial Park master plan . This will be 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 has approved spending of 2.46 million dollars to complete the first phase of development Centennial Park, which is around 23 acres. Phase 1 will include the completing grading of the site, installation of interior sidewalks, installation an automated irrigation system, and hydro seeding the open spaces. The project includes 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. has pledged to donate $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. For more information about the Centennial Park project, please contact Mark Jarvis, Park Planner, at jarvism@billingsmt.gov.