The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Archive for the ‘City Parks & Recreation’ Category

City Plans Fireworks Law Enforcement, Asks for Citizen Cooperation

By TRAVISH WELSH - City leaders ask for cooperation from citizens to help keep Missoula safe in a period of extremely dry and hot weather during the Independence Day holiday.... more

Street Trees Suffer in Summer Weather

By BECKY GOODRICH - The heat is hard on all of us, but did you know it can KILL trees? Remember that street trees need your help to survive summer’s soaring temperatures.... more

Keep Cool, Stay Safe This Weekend With Parks and Recreation

Missoula Parks and Recreation offers lots of options to safely beat the heat this weekend including Splash, Currents, 4 splash decks and 2 neighborhood spray pools.... more

Summer Forecast has FWP Keeping Close Watch on Streams

By JOLEEN TADEJ - With high temperatures and depleted snowpack runoff, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is gearing up now to protect fish from stress of low flows and elevated water temperatures.... more

Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Playground Improvements

Missoula Parks and Rec invites citizens to learn more about and comment on "Operation Playground Build- proposed improvements at 10 city playgrounds.... more

Stop and Appreciate the Songbirds

By BRUCE AUCHLY - There is something about songbirds this time of year that can catch the ear, eye and heart of even the most preoccupied person.... more

Walk With a Doc This Thursday

Walk with a Doc this Thursday--it's a free program to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Brought to you by Missoula Parks & Rec and Community Medical Center. Learn more.... more

Splash Montana Water Park Open Daily Beginning June 12

Missoula’s outdoor waterpark, Splash Montana, will begin its 10th season of daily operation on Friday, June 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ... more

Parks and Trails Bond Playgrounds Open House Slated for June 10

By BECKY GOODRICH-Plan to attend Missoula Parks & Recreations's Open House to learn more about 11 new or improved City playgrounds which are part of the 2014 Parks and Trails Bond project.... more

Splash Montana Opens for Lap Swims this Weekend

Due to cool temperatures in this weekend’s weather forecast, Splash Montana waterpark will be open for lap swim only on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.... more

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Spring Workshops Offered by FWP

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW) is sponsoring several workshops: Firearms Shooting, Muzzle Loading & Primitive Skills, and Nature Journaling.... more

Register Now for Missoula’s Only Dog-Friendly Fun Run and Pet Expo

Missoula Parks & Recreation and Missoula Animal Control invite you and your four-legged buddy to the 4th annual Doggie Dash pet expo and fun run on Sunday, May 17, at Silver Park.... more

Amphibians in the Spring

By BRUCE AUCHLY - Among the many harbingers of spring are frogs peeping. Boreal frogs are heard everywhere in the spring and early summer. ... more

Believe It, Spring is Here

By BRUCE AUCHLY - If your world collapses absent skiing, or snowmobiling, I’ll attend your pity party. That’s because spring is here, and the signs surround us. ... more

Folf (Disc Golf) in the Parks Starts April 7 at Silver Park

Join Parks and Recreation and the Garden City Flyers for a free, family-friendly round of Disc Golf April 7 at Silver Park.... more

The Missoula YMCA Hosts Healthy Kids Day, Saturday April 11

The Missoula YMCA encourages kids and their families to come to the Y for Healthy Kids Day--this Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. ... more

Snow or No Snow: Parks and Rec Hosts Winter Carnival at Marshall Mountain

Snow or no snow, Parks and Rec is hosting the first annual Marshall Mountain Winter Carnival on Sun., Feb. 22 at Marshall Mountain, from 10-4 pm.... more

Winter Carnival and Snow Races at Marshall Mountain

Join Missoula Parks & Rec for the first annual Marshall Mountain Winter Carnival and Snowshoe/Ski Races on Sat., Feb. 22 at Marshall Mountain, from 10-4 p.m.... more

Register Now For Frost Fever 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for a wintery fun run/walk along the Riverfront Trail System on Saturday, January 24. Choose from the new 1-mile fun run or the traditional 5K route. ... more

Citizens Urged to Call 911 to Report Mount Jumbo Trespassers

Parks & Rec Reminder: Mount Jumbo is closed for the winter and with the new snowfall Avalanche Danger is HIGH. Cititzens are urged to call 911 to report Trespassers.... more

Citizens Encouraged to Recycle Christmas Trees

Missoula Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division is inviting citizens to drop off their cut Christmas trees to be recycled into productive mulch. ... more

Mount Jumbo Wildlife Closure Begins December 1

Mount Jumbo's North Zone is closed from December 1 until May 1. Trespassing during the wildlife closure is prohibited and violators may be fined up to $500. ... more

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

On Sat, Oct. 25, The Cit of Missoula will accept a $15,000 donation from Little Grizzly Sports to fund scholarships to Parks and Rec’s youth flag football program.... more

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

Fall is here… it’s time for hayrides, apple cider and old-fashioned harvest festivals at the 14th Annual Fall Family Fest Oct 18, at McCormick Park. ... more

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

Missoula Parks and Recreation to host three service projects on Saturday, October 4, as part of national program.... 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

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman summer workshop is set for August 1-3 at Boulder Hot Springs near Boulder.... more

Rain and Birds

By BRUCE AUCHLY-Rain, rain and more rain. Oh yes, and snow in the mountains. Must be June in Montana. While all that moisture is good for fish, it can wreak havoc on land based critters, like birds.... more

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

Parks & Rec and the All-Abilities Playground Project to host Missoula’s first adaptive baseball league for people with and without disabilities beginning Saturday, June 14.... more

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