Trust for Public Land, City of Bozeman Move Story Mill Splash Pad Project Forward

City aims to install a new water feature at Story Mill Park this year
BOZEMAN — The City of Bozeman and Trust for Public Land are collaborating once again on Story Mill Park. On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Bozeman City Commissioners signed an MOU for the Trust for Public Land to provide $155,000 towards the construction of a new splash pad. The City anticipates providing $350,000 towards construction and aims to break ground on the project in the spring and wrap up by the fall.

“The creation of a splash pad has been in the master plan for Story Mill Park for years but was not able to be built due to funding,” Addi Jadin, Park Planning and Development Manager, stated. “We’re excited to be able to partner with the Trust for Public Land again and implement this fun feature of the park.”

The splash pad will be built near the restrooms and will include a river scene with sun-bleached trees and reed water sprayers, similar to what residents may see at the edges of Quake Lake, the Madison or the East Gallatin River. Tactile features allow kids to control the water flow of jets and bubblers. A beaver den shade feature is planned for the lawn nearby, and a mural will be mounted on the restroom building to further enhance the scene.

A parking lot is also being built this year on the property as staff expects the splash pad to attract more visitors.
"Story Mill Park is the culmination of the ideas and passion of hundreds of Bozeman residents, bringing miles of trails, climbing features, space for outdoor learning, and now a new splash pad close to home for so many," said Dick Dolan, Associate Vice President, Northern Rockies Director for Trust for Public Land. "Trust for Public Land is thrilled to have partnered with the City of Bozeman to bring the community this unique feature and hopes to see it create more opportunities for the next generation to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors."

Those seeking more information on the project can contact Addi Jadin at