WELCOME TO THE PRICKLY PEAR CREEK GREENWAY
FEASIBILITY STUDY


THE PROJECT
CTA was hired by the Prickly Pear Land Trust to conduct a planning and visioning process for the proposed Prickly Pear Creek Greenway. This feasibility study involves a significant public outreach effort to engage area stakeholders, private developers, and the public, creating a common vision for the connectivity of three communities: Helena, East Helena, and Montana City. This collaborative effort between PPLT, partners, private development, and the public will identify these needs and the final outcome of the report will include concept trail alignments, design options, and signage options throughout the trail system.

PRICKLY PEAR LAND TRUST
“Protect the natural diversity and rural character of the Prickly Pear Valley and surrounding lands in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater and Powell counties through voluntary and cooperative means. The land trust is dedicated to perpetuating the recreational, wildlife, scenic, agricultural and historic values of the land.”

MISSION
CTA is honored to be participating in this exciting project and supports the overall mission of the Prickly Pear Land Trust which is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of valuable land for the future benefit of the public.

VISION
The vision of the Prickly Pear Greenway Feasibility Study is to create connectivity from the Helena Regional Airport, City of Helena, City of East Helena, and Montana City. By engaging a list of multiple stakeholders throughout the project, the study will provide a realistic and achievable trail route as well as an alternative route that will allow new access and recreational opportunities for area residents, as well as visitors from around the region.

GOALS
  • Increase public access to Prickly Pear Creek by providing non-motorized opportunities for residents of East Helena, Helena and Montana City to increase community connectivity and sharing unique community amenities.
  • Coordinate the future trail routes and amenities with the Montana Environmental Trust Group, as well as private land owners, and additional stakeholders. Engage the public in building support and community consensus around the Prickly Pear Greenway corridor.
  • Deliver a study that is collaborative and inclusive of the public process in its recommendations and approach to building this regional amenity.
  • Identify an approach to trail implementation including permitting requirements and funding mechanisms for project implementation.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU…..
CTA will be conducting 2 public open house meetings at various stages in the project to garner public input and support. A survey component will be made available at the public meetings and also will be available on-line.
Increased parks and recreation opportunities strengthen and bond communities by bringing neighbors together; promoting environmental stewardship and volunteerism; as well as by connecting people to their natural environment.