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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                        September 19, 2011

CONTACT:  Michael Kustudia (406) 542-5533

Latest Milltown Park Plans Unveiled at Public Meeting Sept. 28 in Bonner

(Missoula, MT) - Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that a public open house will be hosted on September 28 at the Bonner School to share the latest designs for the initial phase of the Milltown State Park development.

The proposed plan will reflect recent changes to the original 2008 conceptual design plan crafted by the Milltown Redevelopment Working Group, Missoula County and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The initial phase of park development focuses on the Milltown Gateway (the lower stretch of the Blackfoot River) and Confluence areas.  The design features an accessible, bike-pedestrian trail that will connect the two areas and lead to a pavilion overlooking the former dam site and restored confluence. The design will also include parking areas and a walk-in river access point and other park amenities.

“While a lot of work has gone on to getting us to this point, there’s still opportunity for public involvement,” said Michael Kustudia, Milltown State Park Manager. “We’re looking forward to hearing what the community thinks.”

The public meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library of the Bonner School, 9045 Mt Highway 200 East.

The meeting will begin with a brief overview of the project, followed by an Open House with Montana State Parks’ staff and engineering consultants, DJ&A, P.C.

Last month, Montana State Parks received approval from the FWP Commission to accept the donation of approximately 465 acres at and around the Milltown Superfund site for development of Montana’s newest state park. For more information, please contact Michael Kustudia at 542-5533.

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