The Milltown Superfund Redevelopment Working Group has written a letter to Missoula Mayor
John Engen encouraging the city to vigorously pursue a riverfront trail that would connect the Kim Williams Trail to a proposed state park at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers.
The Working Group has long proposed a trail network with a park as hub for the Bonner-Milltown area. The group has been successful in proposing and funding trails in the Piltzville-Turah area. A park plan, now under consideration by the Natural Resource Damage Program, includes a bridge downstream of the confluence that would enable connections to the Kim Williams Trail. One critical piece is a downstream subdivision proposed by developer Bob Brugh, who has sued the city to challenge a provision that would require a trail through the development.
The Working Group, in its letter, encouraged the developer and the city to cooperate on providing trail access in the subdivision. “We strongly prefer the trail location along the riverfront. This trail would provide a critical link between Missoula's Riverfront Trail, the Kim Williams Trail, the new riverfront trail in the Canyon river subdivision and golf course, and the restored confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers. The riverfront trail would provide the highest values for recreational experiences, public health, natural history and historic interpretation. The riverfront trail would benefit residents of the proposed subdivisions, nearby communities and visitors to the area.”
Read the letter here (PDF 1.6 MB) or check out the map of proposed trails (PDF 860K) in the area.