Big changes underway at downtown park in Missoula

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Construction continues on the Caras Park amphitheater on Thursday afternoon.

Crews work to flatten the hill at Caras Park on Thursday.

David Erickson

The big grassy hill in Caras Park in downtown Missoula is not long for this world, as a dramatic alteration of the busy public plaza is now underway.

The first phase of a project to revamp the park began this week, and it includes flattening the hill to make way for a multi-use lawn space for events and activities.

The concrete amphitheater was also torn out and will be replaced with a new and expanded seating area that will be more easily accessed by people of all abilities.

The near-term plan for Caras Park,

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