A proposal to build a community park on the old Story Mill property received $4.5 million in Trails, Open Spaces and Parks bond money on Monday night.

The Bozeman City Commission approved the proposal in a 5-0 vote.

“I think this is the premier park that was envisioned by the bond when it was passed,” Deputy Mayor Carson Taylor said.

The Trust for Public Land, which acquired 61 acres of the old Story Mill property in December 2012, plans for a 54-acre park on the land.

The proposal includes plans for parkland, trails, outdoor learning opportunities and connections to other trails.

“The response of the public has been overwhelmingly supportive,” said Maddy Pope, project manager with the Trust for Public Land.

The land connects with the Story Mill Spur Trail and contains portions of the East Gallatin River and Bozeman Creek. The land also includes about 10 acres of wetlands.

The commission also delayed a vote on the sale of North Park until April 7.


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