Young and old alike appreciate Currents Indoor Water Park.  Located at McCormick Park, the Currents Aquatic Center is open year-round.  Photo courtesy of Missoula Parks and Rec.

Missoula Parks & Recreation

Missoula Parks & Recreation
Currents Aquatic Center
600 Cregg Ln
(406)721-PARK

The City of Missoula Parks & Recreation Department serves residents with well-maintained parks and trails—an abundance of open space with features to accommodate all types of sports, as well as picnicking and hiking.

If you’re ready to participate in a recreation league, lace up your cleats, grab your glove, and hit the field, court, or rink. Missoula Parks and Recreation Sports offers Missoulians the chance to compete in leagues of all ages and skill level in sports including basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, and football. Check out the Missoula Parks and Recreation Summer Guide (PDF).

Like the water? Splash Montana, and Currents Indoor Water Park give Missoulians a chance to cool off and have a blast with water slides, children’s activities, lap lanes, current rivers, and more.  Be sure to ask around about Inner Tube Water Polo—it is quickly becoming a popular local water sport.

Skaters in town flock to MoBASH Skate Park, a 15,000 sq. foot world-class skating facility who’s grand opening featured none other than skating superstar Tony Hawk.

City Parks & Recreation also offers a wide range of summer day camps for children age 6 – 14.

For information about all Parks & Rec offerings, check out the Recreation Guide and register for programs.

City Accepts $15,000 donation from Little Grizzly Football for youth scholarships

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Missoula Parks & Rec Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest Oct 18

Fall is here… it’s time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned... more

Over 100 Volunteers Expected for National Public Lands Day Event in Missoula

Missoula Parks and Recreation to host three service projects on Saturda... more

Register Now for All-Abilities Playmakers Sports League

Parks and Recreation invites children aged five and up to sign for the new All-Abilities Playmakers sports program for children with and without disabilities.... more

Currents Aquatics Center Open for Labor Day, Closed Sept 2-12 for Annual Maintenance

FYI: Currents Aquatics Center Open for Labor Day, Closed Sept 2-12 for Annual Maintenance; Splash Montana open for adult lap swim through Sept. 12.... more

New Fireline Grill Opens at Splash Montana

Splash Montana is proud to announce the ALL NEW Fireline Grill, a mobile kitchen offering fresh, restaurant-quality food options to guests at Splash Montana and in Playfair. ... more

Kidsfest 2014 Slated for July 29 at Caras Park

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2014, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Volunteers Needed to Help Install All-Abilities Playground

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Due to some last-minute changes in the construction schedule, volunteers are needed to help install the new All Abilities Playground later this week.... more

Families Invited to play All-Abilities Baseball at McCormick Park

Missoula Parks & Rec is teaming up with the All-Abilities Playground Project to host free baseball games for people with and without disabilities on 7/19 and 8/2.... more

It’s Hot Outside: How Animals Cope With the Heat

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Tales and Trails is a twice monthly natural history column. This week's topic: How animals cope with hot weather. If they don’t stay cool, they die.... more

FWP, Anglers Work Together to End Illegal fish Introductions

Montana fisheries officials and major statewide angling groups signed an agreement recently aimed at curbing the spread of illegal fish introductions into state waters.... more

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Summer Workshop August 1-3

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Rain and Birds

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World’s Largest Swim Lesson Event at Splash Montana This Friday

This Friday, June 20, tens of thousands of participants from hundreds of locations are teaming up to help prevent childhood drowning by spreading the word Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.... more

Sheep Grazing on City Open Space, Pet Owners Asked to Help Protect Herd

By BECKY GOODRICH-Missoula Parks and Recreation is asking dog owners to watch for sheep grazing on City open space, and leash their pets when hiking near the herd. ... more

Families Invited to Play All-Abilities Baseball at McCormick Park

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How Different Would the World Be if Everyone Ran?

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Distance Masters Runner of Year, Anne Audain reflects on the impact of running in our world: “Running gave me the courage to fight the great fight".... more

Sunday Streets Missoula, Higgins Edition, June 1, 2014

Get Moving and Get connected while celebrating sustainable transportation and healthy living at the Higgins Edition of Sunday Streets Missoula on June 1, 2014 ... more

Splash Montana Water Park to Open May 24, Weather Permitting

Missoula’s outdoor waterpark, Splash Montana, will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, May 24, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and will remain through Monday, May 26, weather permitting. ... more

Doggie Dash Pet Expo and Fun Run: May 18, 2014

Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged buddy to the 3rd annual Doggie Dash pet expo and fun run on Sunday, May 18 at McCormick Park.... more

Time to Catch a Rainbow

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Want a fishing tip? Rainbow trout are spawning. Run, don’t walk, to your closest reservoir and start fishing near shore for a rainbow trout. ... more

Silver Summit: A Playground For Everyone, Makes Fundraising Push for Phase II

By Julie Emnett, Development Director, Child Care Resources It kind of started with a yellow swing. Jenny Montgomery, who is the Owner/Tasting Room Director of Montgomery Distillery, remembers coming to Mi... more

Celebrate Arbor Month with 22nd Annual Run for the Trees April 12

Register for the 22nd annual Run for The Trees on Saturday, April 12, at 9 a.m. 1-mile, 5K or 10K, races with proceeds used to help plant new trees in Missoula parks and schools.... more

City of Missoula Announces 2014 Street Cleaning Program

Spring is here, and the Missoula Street Maintenance Division will begin its street cleaning schedule on Tuesday, April 1 with cleaning take place Mon-Fri in the following zones: ... more

Recreation Program Cancellations and Currents Aquatics Center Closure

Due to severe weather conditions, Parks and Recreation and Currents Aquatics Center announce the following schedule changes. Please check local media or the City of Missoula website for updates.... more

Missoula Parks & Rec Offers President’s Day Camp and Preschool Programs

Sign up now for these exciting Parks & Rec programs: Winter Olympics Day Camp for President's Day, Super Sprouts Sports Skills for Ages 3-5, Sports & Wellness Play Time for Preschoolers & Parents.... more

Love in the Winter

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we bring you those wonderful love birds – great horned owls. That's right, the most impressive owl in North America as a symbol of Valentine’s Day.... more

Winter Survival

By BRUCE AUCHLY - While we can adapt to winter's overdue cold spells, wild animals have three basic strategies for dealing with winter and they are the same each year, no matter the weather.... more

Parks and Recreation to Launch Pilot Program for Special Events on City Open Space

Missoula Parks & Rec is evaluating the impacts of educational programs, fun runs, celebrations and other special events on City open space and invites the public to learn more and comment.... more

Get Out of the Cold at the Indoor New Year’s Eve Two-Mile Prediction Run

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Get an early start on your New Year’s resolutions with Run Wild Missoula’s New Year’s Eve Two-Mile Prediction Run on Tues., Dec.31 at 6 p.m. at the PEAK's indoor track.... more

City’s Urban Forestry Division to Replace 79 Ailing Street Trees

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What’s Up This Week in Downtown Missoula

Here's what's happening this week in Downtown Missoula: River Cleanup, River Market and Riverside Shred Fest!... more

Parks and Rec Hosts Old-Fashioned Fall Family Fest on Oct 19

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Local Physicians Prescribe a Walk in the Park to Their Patients

Missoula Parks and Recreation and Community Medical Center (CMC) have partnered with Montana State Parks to create a Prescription Trail on Fort Missoula’s walking paths.... more

Fall Fun with Missoula Parks and Recreation

F.Y.I. - Missoula Parks and Recreation’s Fall 2013 Recreation Guide, featuring Currents Aquatics Center, adult sports and much more, is now available online. ... more

Parks and Recreation and Little Griz Team Up to Offer Flag Football for First-Graders and Up

F.Y.I. - Missoula Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Little Grizzly Football to offer Jr. Playmakers Flag Football to boys and girls in first through sixth grade.... more

Kidsfest 2013 Slated for July 30 at Caras Park

Hey Kids! Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2013, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ... more

30+ Things for Kids to Do in Missoula, Montana

By LINDA McCARTHY - I am amazed at how many free and low cost things there are to do with kids in Missoula, Montana. My daughter and I compiled a list of more than 30 Things to Do With Kids in Missoula:... more

Missoula – A River Runs Through It

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Challenge Yourself — by Running

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Missoula Agencies Encourage Families to Unplug and Play

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REGISTER NOW for Missoula Parks and Rec’s NEW Sports & Fitness Programs

F.Y.I. - REGISTER NOW for the all new sports and fitness programs at Missoula Parks & Rec's Sports and Wellness Center, located at 1515 Fairview, inside City Life Community Center. NO membership is required. ... more

City of Missoula Receives Grant for Accessible Playground in McCormick Park

On Thursday, January 17, Mayor John Engen accepted a $150,000 grant from the Morris and Helen Silver Foundation to begin construction of a new, universally-accessible playground in McCormick Park.... more

Parks and Recreation to host 13th annual Fall Family Fest on October 20

It’s fall—time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned harvest celebrations brought to you by the folks at Missoula Parks and Recreation.... more

New “Zoo City” License Plate Provides Recreation Grants for Low-Income Kids

a NEW Parks and Recreation license plate, featuring Missoula artist Monte Dolack’s iconic print, “Zoo City” benefits Youth Recreation Grants for Low-income kids.... more

Make a Splash – At Splash Montana

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Penguins: “Adult-Onset Athletes” Who Run Slowly

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I Love That My Son Loves Running

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Making Waves in Missoula

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MoBASH Skate Park

Named one of the country’s top 5 skate parks by Thrasher Magazine... more

Missoula Wins Playful City USA Award

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Splash Montana

Missoula’s newest water park, Splash Montana opened in June 2006 as an outdoor park.... more

Currents Indoor Waterpark

If it’s January and you feel like a swim, where do you go? Currents Indoor Waterpark! Open 12 months a year, the Currents Aquatic Center features both leisure pools and lap pools with 20-yard lap lanes, tw... more

Germanfest – Hoist a Stein on Sept 12th

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