Imagine Billings as a safe place where everyone, regardless of their age, income level or physical ability level, can easily access our beautiful rims and our river, go to school, work or shopping.

There is NO current, ongoing mechanism for funding trail building in the City budget.

Existing trails have been funded through private organizations (like Billings TrailNet) and federal grants. But federal grant money, especially, has slowed to a trickle in recent years.

The bottom line: if Billings wants trails, we need to find a way to pay for them through city funds.

The trails we need most would connect students to school; and would also connect our neighborhoods to our rims and our river.
We’ve worked with our engineering department and Healthy by Design to learn where we need connections for students.
Ten important connections should be done soon, which would get students to Skyview, Sandstone, Castlerock, Bitterroot, Medicine Crow, Will James, Boulder, Meadowlark, Central Heights, West, Will James, Boulder, Ben Steele, Newman, Ponderosa, Castlerock and Skyview. These projects would cost a total of $8.8 million.
We’ve asked our members which trails they would most like to see built and overwhelmingly, we have received the Stagecoach Trail, a connection between the zoo and Elysian School, and a connection between downtown and the Heights and the river are the answers.

billings trailnet is working with city government to help find an answer

The trail and safe routes projects needed now amount to millions. While the city works every year at making a difference, some connections will take years to develop due to the lack of funding. Your child may be out of school by the time a safe routes to school project is completed. 

We ask you to join us in communicating with our government to find funding to meet these needs from which eveyrone in our community can benefit!



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