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;
- 2016 Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation Guide
Parks and Recreation Fall/Winter Sports Leagues
Pickleball - Indoor Open Play will begin Monday, November 14 at the Butte Civic Center Annex and run through Friday, February 24. The Annex will be open Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Fees are $5 per person per visit or $50 for the Fall/Winter season. For players without their own equipment, Parks & Recreation will provide paddles and balls for each session.
Learn to Play Clinics - For those players new to Pickleball, join us at one of our free “Learn to Play Clinics” on Monday, November 14 or Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 a.m., or Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Annex. Don Plessas and the Butte Pickleball players will be on hand to teach the basics of the game and get you ready for Open Play.
For more Information contact Bob Lazzari at (406) 497-6535 or Don Plessas at (406) 494-3333.
Volleyball -This year’s women’s league will run from November 14 through January 16. To register your team, please return a completed Recreation Activity/Release Form and $75.00 to the Parks & Recreation Office at 126 W. Granite or at the Civic Center main office between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM no later than Friday, November 4. Forms are available online, you may also pick-up one in person at Parks & Recreation or the Civic Center main office. Please note, each individual player must sign their team’s Recreation Activity/Release Form prior to their team’s first game in order participate. All games will be Monday evenings in the Civic Center Annex.
For more Information please contact Bob Lazzari at (406) 497-6535.
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.
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.
Community Aquatic Facilities
The City-County operates a splash pad at Clark's 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 soon to be open Community Pool Facility at Stodden Park
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.