Name that Park!

Our  program partner Run-Dog-Run has a fun opportunity for all of you dog lovers out there!  Be a part of something cool…4 days left to make suggestions!

I need a name!!! I am the new off-leash park at Bozeman Pond Park (off Fowler) and there’s a contest to provide me with a name for all eternity. Please go to Dee-O-Gee and fill out a name-suggestion form – and you could win a year’s supply of pet food in the process. If you don’t unleash your creativity, I might have to live with some annoying name like “Puppy McParkPlace,” “The LABoratory” or “Critter Corral.” Name suggestions are due by July 11th. Less than a week!. I’m counting on you.

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Fireworks Safety and Etiquette

Our partners at Bozeman Health are encouraging “Safety and Respect” during our 4th of July celebrations.  Trail Ambassadors Agree!!  We love having fun too… but trails and parks are no place for fireworks.  Enjoy the show – and make sure all embers are put out completely!

Fireworks allowed for three days in Bozeman

By: Jess Antonio (KTVM)

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The 4th of July is just around the corner, and that means fireworks.

From July 3rd to July 5th people are allowed under city ordinance to shoot off fireworks.  But there are regulations.

“As far as fireworks being used in the city limits of Bozeman starting July 3rd from 12 p.m. Until midnight, on July 3rd and the 5th you’re allowed to light fireworks. On July 4th, kind of adding an extra hour, so it’s from noon until 1 a.m. on the 4th,” said Officer Anthony Hutchings of the Bozeman Police Department.

Officers say you can’t light fireworks within 300 feet of any gas station or public park, or 1,000 feet from the hospital or any assisted living facility.

While the police department wants people to enjoy celebrating their holiday, they also want people to be smart and safe.

“It’s a great holiday, it’s the birth of our nation, that’s what we’re celebrating.  But at the same time, yeah we want everyone to be safe.  You know I think a safe holiday is the best and we hate going to calls where somebody gets hurt because they’re messing around, or hurt someone else,” Hutchings said.

Though there isn’t an official age limit on lighting fireworks, Hutchings says all children should be supervised and no child under 12 should be lighting fireworks.



City residents who frequent community trails, parks, streams and sidewalks are being reminded of the importance of pet poop cleanup. Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the City of Bozeman have teamed up to create, produce, and post an eye-catching–and often cheeky–series of signs geared at prompting folks to clean up after their pets.

Pet feces not scooped and disposed of properly is an issue for the Bozeman community in many ways. It can pose a health risk to children and adults, and it can also wash into our city storm drains or directly into our urban streams, becoming detrimental to our water quality. The goal of this sign program is to raise general awareness and serve as a friendly reminder to do your individual part to keep our parks, trails, sidewalks, and waterways clean and healthy for all to use and enjoy.

“We’ve had great success with the dog waste signs we installed in the City’s watershed along the Sourdough Trail,” stated GVLT Associate Director Kelly Pohl, “by expanding our reach into Bozeman proper, we will continue to raise general mindfulness to clean up after your pet. Dog waste affects us all.”

The City of Bozeman was pleased to partner on this project with GVLT. “The City is working hard to raise stormwater awareness.

Pet waste from yards, parks, and trails eventually finds its way into our urban waterways. Places where we fish, swim, and play with our children. It’s time to make large strides in being more mindful of our urban waterways–this partnership with GVLT is a perfect opportunity,” remarked City of Bozeman Stormwater Program Coordinator Kyle Mehrens.

The signs will be installed in Bozeman-area City parks, along the community trail system, and along high-traffic sidewalks. Mitch Overton, Director of Bozeman’s Parks and Recreation Department, added, “The City of Bozeman and its residents have invested in our parks and trails. It’s up to all of us to maintain that investment. Thanks to GVLT for continuing to be such an important City partner and advocate for healthy trails and open spaces.”

The signs have already begun sprouting around town. Dog waste stations are conveniently located at many parks and trails across town, making pet pick-up quick and easy. For more information, please visit

GVLT National Trails Day 2016


Join the Gallatin Valley Land Trust for a fun day of building trails and preparing the new Bozeman Pond Park for our community! GVLT needs your help to put the final touches on new trail, installing totem signs, pulling weeds, planting willows and brushing.

Volunteers do not need to RSVP. Please wear layers, sturdy, closed toed shoes, sunscreen, and gloves. We will provide the tools but extra wheel barrows, rakes, and shovels are helpful. Stick around after volunteering for a picnic lunch and raffle prizes!

8:30-Volunteer registration, coffee, and snacks
9:00-noon Work Party for the Trails at new expansion of Bozeman Pond Park!
Noon- Picnic lunch

*Parking is limited. Additional parking is available on the west and north side of the Gallatin Valley Mall.

The kids can have fun too! The Bozeman Optimists Kids Fishing Derby will be happening from 7:30-11:00am at Bozeman Pond Park on the same day. Fun for the whole family!

NEW this year: National Trails Day is the kick off to GVLT’s first ever Summer Trails Challenge! Local businesses have donated money to get you outside exploring the trails. Every mile that you walk, run, or bike on trails and track on our website equals $1 for GVLT. It’s that easy.