Afternoon shade during the heat of the summer is essential. And if we're going to add shade to our public lands, why not make it architecturally awesome, build it out of wood scraps, place it in beautiful native prairie along a popular trail, and do it all collaboratively? With MMW Architects, Home ReSource, Bitterroot Welding, and talented volunteers, on May 19, 2017 we installed this amazing Shade Shelter along the Milwaukee Trail, south side of the Clark Fork River, near the Higgins Bridge.
We partnered with the fine folks at MMW Architects to design and build our first shade shelter for Missoula. MMW created the design and helped us every step of the way. MMW partnered with Beaudette Consulting Engineers to ensure the structure would stand the test of time, and any trouble from well, trouble-makers.
The wood structure was built by our friends at Home ReSource who carefully pieced together scrap wood off-cuts and "workshopped" the building of the structure with their crew! The pieces came together with additional donated reused planks from our friends at Heritage Timber. Boyce Lumber donated materials for the concrete forms. The irreplaceable Bob from Bitterroot Welding crafted the metal pieces, brought the structure to the site, and welded everything in place. Native Yards stepped in at the end to provide the decomposed granite surface.
Thanks Don, Sarah and Chris from MMW. Thanks to Steve from Home ReSource and Morgan from the City of Missoula's Parks and Recreation Dept. Thanks to Rick and Scott for help strategizing and on site.
Talk about a collaborative effort - we are so appreciative!
Funding for this Shelter came from our 2016 Bloomberg Award for Partners for Places - a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Thank you Bloomberg Philanthropies! We were also generously supported by our community partners as noted, and by New Belgium Brewing Co.