Parks & Recreation

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our citizens and visitors through outdoor recreation, sports, community and fun. 

Butte-Silver Bow Parks & Recreation at a glance:
  • More than two dozen parks (many of which are available for free reservations, numerous playgrounds, a splash pad and wading pool
  • An urban trails system, ex-urban trails, and bike lane network
  • The only dually managed municipal/National Forest Service park in the nation,
Parks and Recreation Spring/Summer Sports Leagues
Pickleball The spring season will begin Monday March 21. Play will occur Mondays from 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Civic Center Annex. The league will run through July 1. The cost is $25 for the seasom. For more Information contact Bob Lazzari at (406) 497-6535 or Don Plessas at (406) 494-3333.

Softball will begin on Monday May 2. Team rosters are due to Bob Lazzari by April 25. For more information, please  Contact Bob Lazzari at the Parks and Rec Department at (406) 497-6535 or Ron Rowling at (406) 565-7367.

Park Acquisition
The City-County of Butte-Silver Bow provides a variety of park land designed, owned, and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department that range from sports parks to natural areas. Over the years Butte-Silver Bow has acquired parks through a variety of methods, including subdivision dedication, donation, and tax deed sale. Another major source of park land in this community has been the remediation of former mine sites.

Altogether, the City-County’s park sites total over 450 acres of developed and undeveloped park land that provide both active and passive recreation opportunities for residents of Butte-Silver Bow and the surrounding areas, supplemented by the incredible public lands and open spaces in the Butte-Silver Bow area.

One of Butte’s newest parks is the Mountain Con, also known as Foreman's Park, a 60-acre area that served as one of Butte’s largest mine during Butte’s rich mining history. The park provides non-motorized trails for walking and mountain bicycling to access the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railroad (BA& P) trail system and Granite Mountain Mine Memorial, picnic sites, and group shelter.

The goal of the Parks Department is to provide maximum recreation possibilities within existing resources. There are presently 29 completed parks and an extensive trail system  in Butte-Silver Bow, including skating rinks, golf courses, pools, and sports fields. The parks include neighborhood parks, tot lots, and community parks.

Recreation Facilities
In addition to providing and maintaining park land, the City-County of Butte-Silver Bow is also responsible for the development and maintenance of various recreation facilities within its borders. Currently, the city provides sports fields and other athletic facilities including outdoor basketball courts, a skateboard park, tennis, and volleyball courts, ice skating rinks, and a nine-hole and par-3 golf course.

Recreation Programming & Partnerships
Butte-Silver Bow organizes adult sports including softball and volleyball.  Partnerships with local youth organizations provide recreation opportunities including little league, football, tennis, and soccer.

Aquatic Facilities
The City-County operates a splash pad at Clarks Park and wading pool at Chester Steele Park. Each area is staffed seasonally June through August. A partnership with the Butte Family YMCA provides assistance for the Butte community to use, with no membership requirement, an eight-lane lap pool and a zero-depth entry family pool with two water slides.
The below video is a rendering of the proposed outdoor Aquatic Facility at Stodden Park, please watch it and give us your feed back!!

Open Space Natural Areas
Butte-Silver Bow has several Open Space Natural Areas managed for both their natural value, as well as for recreational use. Natural areas provide opportunities for nature-based recreation, such as bird-watching and environmental education.

Butte-Silver Bow natural areas include Thompson Park, a 3,800-acre forested park south of Butte that is co-owned and co-managed by the U.S. Forest Service; Big Butte, which is 310 acres; Skyline Park, which is 60 acres; Basin Creek Reservoir, which is 42 acres; and Blacktail Creek, which is 10 acres.

Thompson Park provides non-motorized trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding; picnic areas, and regulation disc golf course. Skyline Park provides a kids fishing pond, dog park, walking trails, and a hang gliding landing site. Big Butte provides non-motorized trails for hiking and mountain biking.

Trails, Fishing and Camping
Butte-Silver Bow has developed an urban trail system within its parks as well as trails that connect to surrounding open spaces utilizing many of the Butte’s railroad and stream corridors such as the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific Railroad (BA&P) corridor, Blacktail, and Silver Bow Creek Greenway Trails.

The Copperway Trails and Butte Heritage Park Trails are a network of non-motorized trails linking a variety of cultural sites. Other trail networks include Thompson Park and Big Butte that provide natural area opportunities for bird watching and viewing wildlife while providing non-motorized hiking, mountain bicycling, and horseback riding opportunities. 

City-county trails are only a piece of the trails recreation available in the Butte area. The Forest Service maintains numerous trails in the Beaverhead-Deer Lodge National Forest, including the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST), which runs to the immediate east and south of Butte and has numerous connections to local trails at Thompson Park, Blacktail Canyon and Maud S Canyon. The CDNST and other trails are easily accessible within a 15-20 minute drive from Butte at the Homestake (on I-90) and Pipestone (on MT-2) trailheads. Maps and more info are available at the Butte Ranger District office.

More recreation opportunities are available on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands - visit the Butte field office for details. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks also maintains numerous fishing access sites on area lakes and rivers.