Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Aug 16, '11

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Doreena reminded us all of the picnic next week, so there isn't a regular meeting at noon at Perkins - just the 2011 family picnic at Clark Park.

Ken still has raffle tickets for sale to raise funds for his nephew who is in a coma after a car accident on Continental. Talk to Ken to get tickets.

Roger reminded us that this weekend is the Montana District Kiwanis convention in Lewistown.

Jack asked everyone to mark their calendars for the 2011 Fall Cleanup on September 11.

And Tim reminded us that the first Tech home football game is a week from Saturday, so we're in need of ticket takers.

Then Tim introduced Rick Douglas, a professor at Montana Tech who was here to talk to us about the Whiskey Gulch Mountain Bike Skills Park.

The space for the skills park is on 40 acres of a 60 acre parcel donated to Tech by ARCO and adjacent to the 400 acre open space park on Big Butte. The open space on Big Butte is supposed to have bike and hiking trails being developed, which can be tied into the proposed skills park.

One advantage Butte has over other areas where these skills parks have been developed, is Butte has topography. There are already natural contours to the ground in the proposed area that will actually reduce the cost of development of a skills park at this location. Yes, some bulldozer work will be necessary to properly bank corners and to develop a "pump course," but many of the major contours are already in place.

The proposed skills park would include trails and features where mountain bike enthusiasts could practice their skills, beginner features for young bikers and novices, and will provide a venue for mountain biking skill and safety courses. This would be the only mountain bike skills park in Montana over 1 acre in size, and would be one more thing in Butte to make it a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

To help get grants approved to support this project, please write to:
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
Recreational Trails Program
Parks Division
1240 East 6th Avenue
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59601
or email:

And let the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks know that you support funding the Whiskey Gulch Mountain Bike Skills Park in Butte.

Rick Douglas, Mountain Bike Skills Park
Ham and Cheese Omlet
Event Updated
2:51 Tuesday, August 16, 2011