City of Bozeman officials recently invited the community to come out to Bogert Park and celebrate the newly restored Bozeman Creek and amenities. A ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the newly completed upgrades to Bogert Park was held on June 22, 2017.
In an effort to improve access and enhance the experience for visitors, the City of Bozeman has partnered with the State of Montana, Gallatin Valley Land Trust, Friends of Parks and other groups. As part of the enhancement project that totaled a $707,000 investment into the park, the Bozeman Creek channel was reconstructed to add a meander and a secondary channel for floodwater. A floodplain was re-established to slow velocities, filter runoff, and improve safety. Banks were re-graded to sustainable slopes. Existing vegetation was augmented, widening the riparian zone and improving diversity of species and age-classes. New park amenities include a stream access site, additional gravel trails, a wider and longer clear-span pedestrian bridge leading from East Koch Street into the park, and new swing sets—all adding to the value of the creek as a community amenity.
Following a record rainfall coupled with a freak storm in July 2013 there was vast damage to the South Carolina Botanical Gardens on the campus of Clemson University. In the middle of the clean-up Clemson architecture professor Daniel Harding got on the phone with Nishkian Monks whom the professor had an established collaborative working relationship. Together with Clemson staff they worked out a plan to begin the restoration. Nishkian Monks helped a large force of local volunteers and students rebuild the bridges in the Botanical Gardens after last summer’s torrential flood. Rain fell on the area virtually every day after mid-June 2013. In the 10 days prior to the 13th of July, Clemson received more than 20 inches of rain. On the night of July 12th, into the morning of the 13th, the gardens saw an additional eight inches of rain. That was enough to open the floodgates, specifically on the garden’s Duck Pond, which unleashed more than 100 million gallons of water on the Hunt Cabin and the nature trails just beyond it. The flood wiped away almost all pedestrian bridges, eroded topsoil from some sections and dumped silt in others, causing at least $200,000 in damage. Managing Partner, Ty Monks, P.E. of Nishkian Monks PLLC in Bozeman, MT was part of the team led by Professors Daniel Harding and Paul Russell which spent the last twelve months rebuilding bridges, trails, and signage. While there is still more work to be done, in a year the South Carolina Botanical Garden has come a long way. Officials say the Botanical Garden is now fully operational and back to normal.
Valley West Subdivision is a 309-acre master planned community on the west side of Bozeman, Montana featuring a variety of beautiful homes with lovely front porches, tree-lined streets, parks and green spaces reminiscent of Bozeman neighborhoods of past generations. The Valley West vision was founded on a desire to transform the unique setting of the land into a place with truly exceptional quality of living while still preserving the area’s peaceful beauty. In conjunction with the City of Bozeman, Phoenix-based developer, The Aspen Group collaborated early on with Intrinsik Architecture, Nishkian Monks PLLC, and other consultants to incorporate Meyers Park–a dedicated public land, which is defined by a five-acre lake, streams, wetlands and open acreage into the neighborhood landscape maintaining the integrity of the land and the region. A comprehensive package of park amenities were designed to provide greater access and safety while accentuating this neighborhood’s extensive trail system including two covered bridges, an entry pavilion/bridge, and a central community pavilion located on the banks of Meyers Lake, a large man-made lake offering scenic views and community recreation.