Parks and 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:

  • Ridge Waters Waterpark, destination playground, 9-hole regulation golf course, par-3 golf course
  • Over 2 dozen parks and 13 pavilions/gazebos that are available to rent. Click Here to rent today! For questions, please contact Ed Heard at 406-497-6571.
  • Non-Profits can contact Ed Heard at 406-497-6571 for a fee waiver.
  • An urban trails system, ex-urban trails, and bike lane network;
  • The only dually managed municipal/National Forest Service park in the nation: Thompson Park

Community Information and Reporting

Know of a tree that needs pruning? 

Check out our new Report a Tree form to submit it to the Parks and Recreation Department or contact the county’s Arborist, Trevor Peterson, at (406) 497-6576.

Is there a maintenance issue with a park or facility?

Report Damage at Park or Trail using this form or contact Parks Maintenance at (406) 497-6565.

Stodden Park - A Playworld Perspective

Stodden Park Arch 1

"Families travel from surrounding communities to play at the new playground in Stodden Park—an attraction that has had an economic impact on the old mining town of Butte, Montana. This play space is certainly something special—the theme celebrates the rich mining history of the community while embracing active and inclusive play. The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, an organization with local ties, gave a generous gift to make this play destination possible.

Playworld representative Northwest Playground Equipment, Inc., worked with Butte-Silver Bow Parks & Rec to bring it to life. Kids can climb to the top of a lookout tower that resembles a mining elevator and spend time playing on a big haul truck. They can also enjoy climbing on a structure that resembles “The Big M”—a well-known landmark nearby. The best part is the inclusive design—kids with limited mobility are also able to access it all because it was designed for every kid to be able to play.

Big M in Stodden

The combination of rich history and modern play isn’t limited to the equipment; this playground is a part of something bigger—the transformation of a mining town with a rich history."

See more here:

  1. Bob Lazzari

    Parks and Recreation Director

  2. Ed Heard

    Recreation and Special Event Coordinator

  3. Pete Schonsberg

    Parks Superintendent

  4. Trevor Peterson



Snow is free, grooming isn't!

Mile High Nordic Ski Foundation offers over 35-miles of groomed ski trails between Mount Haggin, Moulton, and Stodden Park. You can find more information and maps, as well as donate to the organization, on their website:
Butte-Silver Bow Parks and Recreation would like to thank the Mile High Nordic Ski Foundation for their hard work in grooming and maintaining these trails.


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