Westside Park Project

March 2020 to present

Primary Contact


Heidi West - North Missoula Community Development Corporation




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Parks and Playgrounds for ALL

Access to playgrounds and parks is a critical component of health and social equity. Low-income families are more likely to face transportation challenges and lack of easy access to outdoor play spaces.

Parks and playgrounds enable and encourage people of all ages and abilities to exercise and provide children with a place to play – critical for every child’s development. They are also an essential part of a city’s infrastructure supporting healthy, stable communities while improving psychological and social health.

Westside Park and Playgrounds is free for everyone, provides inclusive and inviting green space, and is within walking distance of neighborhood residents.

Serving Lowell Elementary School:

  • Lowell’s current enrollment is 310 students, and the school is expected to reach capacity at 500 students within the next decade.
  • 90% of Lowell students qualify for the MCPS free and reduced meal program; the school also serves as an MCPS free summer meal program site
  • 15% of Lowell students qualify for additional special education services

Meeting the Needs of the Community:

  • Westside Park provides the primary green space and playground for the Northside/Westside Neighborhoods and Lowell Elementary School
  • 30% of Northside/Westside residents fall below the federal poverty level – compared to 19% city-wide
  • Westside Park’s playground built in 1998 has exceeded its life expectancy of 20 years and needs to be replaced within 9-12 months

A park and playgrounds with improved visibility, modern play features for all abilities, and additional green space will meet the needs of this growing neighborhood and school.


Project Highlights:


  • The new playgrounds will be a unique play space designed by Lowell Elementary School students – by kids for kids!
  • The project includes the Lowell Elementary School playground with five zones and a separate preschool playground open to the public during school hours
  • The playgrounds will be 40% larger and provide features for a variety of play types
  • The new playgrounds will be ADA accessible and inclusive
  • The design meets the highest standards of school playground safety


  • The new park design provides additional green space for organized sports and games
  • A new picnic and shade shelter are situated adjacent to the splash pad
  • Multi-use sports court for basketball, pickleball, four square and more
  • The park is within walking distance of neighborhood residents and is easily accessible via the zero-fare Mountain Line bus
  • Check out the Master Plan

The synergy of Westside Park, the Playgrounds and Splash Pad make this park a very popular summer destination for residents across Missoula.


Community Contributions

North Missoula Community Development Corporation provides non-profit and fundraising support.

Missoula County Public Schools has pledged $100,000 to the project.

The City of Missoula has committed $100,000 in Impact Fees toward the playgrounds and $250,000 in Park District Funds toward overall park improvements.

Providence St. Patrick Hospital has pledged $50,000 to the project.

Funding Goals:

$1.5 million     Playgrounds (includes five different playground zones and preschool playground)

$665,000         Park Improvements (includes picnic shelter, restroom, sports court, walkways, benches, tables, trees, park green space, and an active recreation sports lawn for after-school neighborhood use)


Tiers of Giving:

Donations equivalent to $1,000 and above will receive permanent recognition at the park, web and print recognition, and special thanks at the grand opening ceremony.

  • “Play Captain” – $10,000 and up
  • “Park Builder” – $1,000 to $9,999
  • “Park and Play Supporter” – $500 to $999

Naming rights are available* for the five different playground zones, as well as the preschool playground, active playing field, picnic shelter, and park pathways. Playground feature names and donor recognition will be prominently located.

Gifts can be given over a 3-year period, and in-kind services are accepted as donation. Feature names and donor recognition will be prominently located in the park.

*All Naming of Missoula Parks and Recreation facilities and features require final approval by the Parks and Recreation Board.



  • For design questions or in-kind services donation opportunities: Nathan McLeod – Missoula Parks and Recreation, mcleodn@ci.missoula.mt.us, 406.552.6261
  • For inquiries about tax- deductible contributions or to collaborate on fundraising events: Heidi West – North-Missoula Community Development Corporation, adelheid.west@gmail.com, 406.829.0873
  • For information about Lowell Elementary School: Barbara Frank – Lowell Elementary School Principal, bfrank@mcpsmt.org, 406.542.4040