Pete's Hill/Lindley Park Buffer Trail

Pete's Hill/Lindley Park Buffer Trail

Orem, Tina
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On July 26, 2004, the City of Bozeman approved a new 20-year plan for the Sunset Hills cemetery near Lindley Park. According to Gary Vodenhal of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, the new plan allows for a new one-mile buffer trail around the cemetery. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust expects to build the trail next spring at a cost of $15,000 to $20,000 and will find out this winter if it will receive a National Recreational Trails Grant to help with the cost. The four-day construction could become a National Trails Day project and will possibly enlist volunteers, according to Vodenhal.

There is some opposition to the trail by those who believe recreational activity occurring within or near the cemetery itself is inappropriate. And because land around the current cemetery is owned by Sunset Hills, there is always a chance the cemetery could fence off these areas, prohibiting their recreational use and eliminating the skiing connection between Burke Park and Lindley Park.

It doesn’t take much to see that trail use in this region is booming. Approximately 75,000 to 100,000 people use Burke Park every year, making it Bozeman’s most heavily used park, according to GVLT, which wants more trails to spread the users out. Vodenhal further stated that future growth means the cemetery will be surrounded by more traffic, and that the buffer trail would actually help Sunset Hills maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
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