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Community meeting examines Montana ExpoPark improvement plan

Posted at 3:35 PM, Nov 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 19:12:57-05

GREAT FALLS – Dozens of people turned out in Great Falls Wednesday to view the first draft of a plan to build a multipurpose events center at the Montana ExpoPark.

The draft proposal includes improving the Pacific Steel and Recycling Arena to a better flat floor convention hall, while constructing a new multipurpose event center with fixed seating for 5,000-5,500 and retractable seating that would allow for 6,000-7,000 people.

The plan also includes upgrades to many existing agricultural buildings, construction of a new indoor riding arena, and the addition of new RV hookups.

The total cost of the proposal is estimated at $86.1 million, but funding for the proposal remains a major question.

A feasibility study projects that current ExpoPark facilities will see decreasing use and will not meet growing needs if improvements are not made.

Great Falls, Montana Tourism Director Rebecca Engum said they are still seeking public input on the draft before a final proposal is made to Cascade County Commissioners.

“The more input we have into making this draft document a finalized option really makes it a greater tool for the rest of the community and for the Cascade County people to make good decisions and so I was very pleased that we got fantastic attendance to learn about this project,” said Engum.

Click here to view the full study and draft proposal on improvements to the Montana ExpoPark.

-Reported by Joe Huisinga/MTN News