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Public Comment Sought for Giant Springs Maintenance Building Project -Comments due by March 20, 2018

(Great Falls, MT) – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed Equipment/Maintenance Building project at Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls, MT. Comments accepted through Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5pm.

The proposed project would construct a new 30’x30’ concrete pad and post frame equipment/maintenance building on the far south side of the Giant Springs asphalt parking lot. The portion of the lot where the building would sit is currently designated for oversize vehicle parking and is rarely used. Additional oversized parking is available in the Heritage area approximately 170 feet from the building site which can be used in place of the parking that will be lost.

The only building currently available at the park for maintenance storage and equipment is an 8’x10’ wooden shed, which does not adequately meet current demands.  More space is needed to consolidate and protect maintenance equipment which is necessary for the safe and efficient operation of the property.  The building would also house oil containment boom equipment for Calumet Specialty Products, enabling Calumet to quickly deploy the boom into the river in the event of an emergency spill.

The proposed new equipment storage building would allow staff greater ease and organization in addressing inevitable park hazard situations, repairs, projects, and upkeep. Instead of storing tools and equipment in various makeshift locations or out in the elements, bringing everything together in one central and secure facility will save resources, allowing more effective management of the park and a safer and more enjoyable visitor experience.   

To view a full copy of the environmental assessment visit stateparks.mt.gov and click “Public Notices”.

The public comment period will be open for 30 days. The public is invited to comment online at stateparks.mt.gov and click “submit comments” or by email to jtaillie@mt.gov.

The public may also send written comments by mail to: Giant Springs Maintenance Building EA, Montana State Parks, 4600 Giant Springs Rd., Great Falls, MT., 59405. Public comments must be received by Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5pm.

For question about the draft EA and/or the public comment process, contact John Taillie, Region 4 Parks Manager at (406) 454-5859 or jtaillie@mt.gov.

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