Missoula kicks off Marshall Mountain long-term planning process with party

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Zack Decker, right, practices a disc golf putt alongside city conservation lands manager Jeff Gicklhorn at Marshall Mountain on Friday. Missoula Parks and Recreation is holding a Marshall Mountain Park celebration on Sunday.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Jordan Hansen

Marshall Mountain will be host to a party Sunday featuring free smoothies, disc golf, live music, bike races and other festivities. 

The get-together, which kicks off at 1 p.m., is more than just a party, as city officials seek to gather input on what the future of the area will look like.

Signage has been erected around the area and trails have been mapped for hikers and mountain bikers. But what will be done with the buildings on the site, including ski lifts, is yet to be determined.

The overall look of the park will be up for discussion as well — it could end up having anything from a coffee shop to a trailhead with a pit toilet. There are many unknowns, but the guiding group for the project wants

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