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Parks & Trails Committee invites the public to share historical information of Livingstons Parks & Trails

LIVINGSTON, Mont. - The Livingston Parks & Trails Committee invites residents to share stories, photos and other materials documenting the establishment, naming and history of the City’s parks and trails. The Committee plans to compile the information to help tell the story of Livingston’s treasured public spaces and help guide future use.

“The question often comes up, ‘Who was that person for whom that park was named’ or ‘When did this trail get established’ and we don’t always have the answers,” said Jeanne-Marie Souvigney, chair of the Livingston Parks & Trails Committee. “We decided we needed to chronicle those histories, and we know there are many Livingston residents who can help tell the stories.”

The Committee invites the public to share any newspaper articles, photos or other documents that help explain why and when any of the community’s parks and trails were set aside, who the people were for whom the spaces were named and changes over time. Members are hoping for a robust response from the community that will complement their research and result in a richer history of these parks and trails. “The Committee recently received a copy of a binder with many photos and documents assembled by Warren McGee that touch upon Sacajawea Park, the 7th Street Bridge, the levee trail and many other places and facilities,” said Committee member Carol Goosey. “We’ve also received information about some of Livingston’s original islands, some of which have been incorporated into existing parks. We want to pull all of this together by tapping into the extensive knowledge of our local residents and others.”

Copies of the McGee binder are available at Yellowstone Gateway Museum and the Livingston Park County Library.

Residents can contact Committee members through the Committee’s web site at http://www.livingstonmontana.org/living/city_commission/parks_and_trails_committee. The Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 pm in the Community Room of the CityCounty building, 404 East Callender. Its next meeting is Wednesday, February 26, followed by one on March 25. Souvigney can also be reached at 222-0558

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