Caras Park is getting a major makeover this fall, with a more accessible design and improvements meant to help transform it into a year-round gathering spot.
The Missoula Redevelopment Agency’s board voted last week to contribute $50,000 in public tax increment financing funds to make it happen.
Linda McCarthy, executive director of the nonprofit Downtown Missoula Partnership, said the goal is to make Caras Park a year-round destination rather than just a seasonal space for events and festivals.
The amphitheater in Caras Park is shown during an Out to Lunch event. The amphitheater will be rebuilt along with other construction projects this fall.
“Our goal with this plan is parks for everyone,” she said. “We need to create and maintain spaces that provide opportunities for everyone year-round.”
The partnership plans to rebuild the concrete amphitheater to add green grass between rows of concrete. The hill will be taken out in conjunction with a stormwater infiltration project conducted by the city this fall, and it will be replaced with a flat lawn surrounded by a seating wall. There will also