Bogert Pavilion

The roof of the Bogert Pavilion remains partially collapsed after heavy snowfall in March 2019 proved too much for a rotting beam.

A private donor agreed to kick in the $350,000 needed to repair Bozeman’s Bogert pavilion, which also means the iconic structure will likely have a fix sooner than expected and return with a new name.

On Monday, the Bozeman City Commission will vote on whether to accept the donation from Marcia Anderson to fix the partially collapsed pavilion and in exchange name the structure The Anderson Pavilion at Bogert Park.

Anderson is a longtime Gallatin Valley rancher, doctor and philanthropist. Among other things, she was also a major contributor to the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center and funded the off-leash section at Gallatin Regional Park named Anderson Dog Park.

“Marcia Anderson recognized the historic value and significance of this resource to our community. We are grateful for her offer,” said City Manager Andrea Surratt. “We are moving as quickly as possible to get it back to our residents.”

The roof of the 1977 pavilion partially collapsed in March. No one was hurt. The popular town hub — used for a farmer’s market in the summer and for ice skating in the winter — has been closed ever since.

A structural assessment showed a heavy snow load paired with rotting wood led to one of the structure’s 10 beams giving way. Soon after the partial collapse, city staff said Bozeman hadn’t kept track of its upkeep.

According to city documents, the city will begin annual inspections and maintenance for all parks “to avoid future issues.” The city plans to do a Bozeman-wide assessment in early 2020.

The drafted letter of agreement gives the city until Oct. 31, 2020, to get the pavilion work done or “as soon thereafter as practicable.”

The city picked a $650,000 plan to restore the pavilion earlier this year. That goes beyond just making the repairs and brings the structure up to city codes.

Commissioners voted in September to put $200,000 toward the work. A lot of that money came from the city being able to collect more in taxes than expected.

The city’s insurer Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority initially ruled because of the pavilion’s time-worn disrepair, it wouldn’t contribute money toward the project. However, the insurer backstepped that after another assessment.

City spokesperson Melody Mileur said how much insurance will cover is still unknown.

She said that amount will come out after the city finalizes its designs and shows how much it will cost to fix the spot of collapse — which insurance will help cover — and what’s leftover to upgrade the rest of the pavilion.

Bozeman Commissioner Terry Cunningham said the city began looking for a private donor to avoid pulling more money from property owners for the project.

“This proves the power of philanthropy,” Cunningham said. “I believe that philanthropic funding is an untapped funding mechanism in Bozeman, and I believe it’s highly appropriate in how to avoid taxpayer burden.”

Cunningham said that could transfer to issues like Bozeman’s housing shortage.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

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