Everyone is invited to help with trail cleanup and maintenance work in Butte’s Thompson Park on Saturday.
Volunteers are asked to meet at 10 a.m. at the first (Sagebrush Flats) gate, adjacent to Highway 2. Volunteers should bring gloves and be prepared to walk. The effort should last about three hours.
Work will include garbage pickup, nipping and trimming of foliage encroaching on trails, eradicating ruts and making other trail repairs. The park officially opens May 1, when the lower gates will open.
The cleanup is spearheaded by the Friends of Thompson Park.
For details, call Janet Axelson at (406) 533-8541 or Jocelyn Dodge at (406) 533-0727. Also, visit Friends of Thompson Park on Facebook.
Friends of Thompson Park is a multiple use organization that includes all users of the park whether you are a hiker, horseback rider, bicyclist, disc golfer, birder or anyone who has a desire to ensure the park is maintained for enjoyment by the public.
The park, located 10 miles south of Butte, encompasses 3,500 acres. It was established in 1922, and underwent rehabilitation in 2012 through grants from the Natural Resource Damage Program, Recreation Trails Program, and Forest Service funds. Over 25 miles of trails are available for non-motorized recreation including the Milwaukee Rail Trail that connects to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and three picnic areas.