Construction will start next week on a new skatepark in Clinton after the community raised nearly $111,000 for the new gathering space.
On Monday, the Missoula County commissioners voted to chip in $20,000 in the form of a 2023 Parks and Trails Matching Grant Program award. Montana Pool Service, a nonprofit founded by Pearl Jam bassist (and Missoula resident) Jeff Ament kicked in $100,000, and the Montana Skateparks Association brought another $50,000 to the table.
The project includes construction of a roughly 7,000-square-foot skatepark within Clinton’s Community Park. The facility will be designed for multi-use activity and will include an integrated pump track and learning area with flatter, slower features for beginners.
“Clinton Community Park, which has long served as an important recreation and community gathering space, is 5 acres in area and consists of an overgrown ballfield and a church building formerly used as a community center,” explained Jackson Lee of the county’s Parks, Trails and Open Lands office. “Missoula County, the site owner, has a vested interest in developing the Clinton Community Park into a public asset for the Clinton community … this project is the first step in returning the park to a vibrant gathering space.”