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The proposed trail across Spring Meadow Lake State Park would link the Centennial Trail with open space and Fort Harrison.

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Montana State Parks is taking public comment on a proposed trail across Spring Meadow Lake State Park linking the Centennial Trail with open space and Fort Harrison.

The Centennial Trail – an ongoing trail project linking Spring Meadow to East Helena – currently ends at Montana Wild on the edge of Spring Meadow. On the western edge of the park another trail begins, crossing property owned by Spring Meadow Resources and a bridge to Ten Mile Creek Park owned by Prickly Pear Land Trust. The proposal calls for constructing a 900-foot connector trail between the two.

“This will complete the trail and bring it inside the fence of Spring Meadow State Park,” said Mary Hollow, Prickly Pear's executive director, adding that currently trail users are pushed onto Broadwater Avenue. “The big thing is this is one tiny stretch of trail that we need to make that connection.”

Supporters of the project have also touted the link to the VA hospital and Fort Harrison both for commuting and use of Ten Mile and Spring Meadow.

Hollow said that work has been ongoing at Ten Mile and the organization is aiming for a ribbon cutting in June, although the property has been open to the public.

The trail would be nonmotorized and constructed in part with Prickly Pear volunteers, according to planning documents.

Comments will be accepted through May 22 at 5 p.m. online at stateparks.mt.gov under “submit comments,” or by email at cputchat@mt.gov.

The public may also send written comments to: Craig Putchat, Park Manager, Spring Meadow Lake State Park, POB 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

For questions about the draft environmental assessment and/or the public comment process, contact Craig Putchat, park manager at Spring Meadow Lake State Park, at 495-3270 or cputchat@mt.gov.

Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin

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