Big Sky’s newest park
Big Sky community celebrates Len Hill Park ribbon cutting last Saturday
The long wait is almost over. Just one more week until the Music in the Mountains concert series finds its new home at Len Hill Park. The inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony of the park took place last Saturday. Saturday marked the soft opening to the community after over a year of renovations to the park.
Leonard Hill, or Len, has been an active member of the Big Sky community since 2006. Hill was a tv screenwriter and producer in Los Angeles, Calif. for over 30 years. He spent many of his later years in the Big Sky community. He enjoyed skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer at the Yellowstone Club. Hill passed away in 2016, the new park is dedicated in his honor.
The ribbon cutting celebration in his honor on Saturday was a very special event. Both Montgomery and Hill’s wife spoke at the inaugural event. Jim Salestrom even performed a song that he wrote for Hill for the event. The event concluded with tours of BASE, the new community center which is scheduled to open in 2022.
Len Hill Park underwent serious renovations to improve as our community’s concert park. The grade of the park has been increased significantly to provide an amphitheater-like feel. This addition will not only be beneficial for concerts, but theater experiences as well. The steeper grade in the new park will also improve the drainage and irrigation system significantly.
The BSCO has made many other additions to make Len Hill Park a beautiful venue for the community. In all, this has been a big project for the BSCO, “The Len Hill Park construction has been a significant project!” BSCO Chief Executive Officer Whitney Montgomery said.
The other major addition of the park, which is yet to be completed, is the new ice skating rink. The rink is expected to be completed in time for the winter season this year. It will provide a permanent location for the rink and will reduce the time and effort of setting up, as well as taking down the rink each year.
When the park’s construction is completely finished, the BSCO expects it to be a popular venue for the community, “The new and improved Len Hill Park will be extremely valuable for the whole community. I am really looking forward to seeing the park used for picnics, a place for children to run around and play, and the community to be together in a safe environment.” Montgomery said.
As of now the park is still officially closed to the public. The ribbon cutting ceremony this past Saturday was just a sneak peak of what the park has to offer. The park will be officially open in time for the July 15 edition of the Music in the Mountains series, featuring Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons. At which time the BSCO will, “take the yellow ropes down and let the entire community enjoy this special place that bears the name of Len Hill!” Montgomery said.