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Organizations Partner To Expand Area North Of Bozeman Pond

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Several organizations are teaming up to build a new park and domestic violence shelter in Bozeman.

The Gallatin Valley Land Trust and Haven are working together to obtain 12 acres of land, north of the Bozeman pond.

"We can't do any of this alone, it takes partnerships," said Penelope Pierce, GVLT Executive Director.

GVLT and Haven decided to form the partnership when both organizations were looking at obtaining the 12-acres north of the Bozeman pond, near Fowler Avenue and Ravalli Road.

"GVLT would front the money to buy the 12 acres then we are going to sell 3 of it to Haven and 9 of it to the city of Bozeman," said Pierce.

GVLT is proposing the city use $600,000 from the Trails, Open Space and Parks bond, approved by voters last year, to purchase the land. An additional $400,000 would be used to improve the park land for public use.

"We need to put trails in probably a picnic area, an outside classroom, restrooms and parking," said Pierce.

The proposed park would increase natural areas, paved and natural surface trails and stream enhancements.

"The trails near Bozeman pond and the trails that we will be putting in this new piece of park land will connect to the existing trails system," said Pierce.

The project would also help the growth of Haven. Haven clients have increased by 29% in the last two years. The new facility would house about 30 clients, which is double the size of their current facility.

"We have seen a 42% increase of serving families," said Wendy Wilson, Haven Board of Directors. "There is a great need for a secure facility because over half of the clients we serve are children."

Wilson said the proposed location will be very convenient for their families.

"It's a wonderful opportunity because we're close to schools, shopping and bus system," said Wilson.

Three of the acres, north of the park land would be used for a fully fenced off-leash dog park.

"It will be a separate area with a separate parking lot. It will be secure with double gates and it will be fairly close to Haven," said Terry Cunningham, Run Dog Run President.

Bozeman City Commissioners are expected to make a decision on the proposed project on December 2nd.

Run Dog Run and other partners agreed to contribute over $133,000 to the project.

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