Trail system a great thing for Livingston

One of many aspects about Livingston that has always made it a desirable place to live is Sacajawea Park and its lagoon, as well as the Yellowstone River that flows alongside it.

A few years ago, local planners, working with the city, added the Northside Park and Soccer Fields. This provided a beautiful green space for walking, playing soccer, throwing frisbees or flying kites.

And now comes a remarkable trail system that is making the community an even better place to live. Some trails, like the bike path south of town, were built years ago, but the city has recently introduced several new trails. The city is getting the word out about its trail system through the “Trails Rx” program, a partnership with Livingston HealthCare that promotes use of the trails and the benefits of exercising on them.

Lots of folks might not even be aware of these trails, especially the newer ones, so here’s a list:

• Highway 89 South Walking and Bike Path: 4 ½ miles. Park County and the city funded this asphalt trail, which starts in Livingston and heads south to Carter’s Bridge. It was “trailblazer” for the newer trails that came later.

• Bozeman Trail Connector: 1 mile. A gravel walking path along Fleshman Creek near the Northern Lights Subdivision.

• Bitterroot Trail: ½ mile. A gravel walking path that connects the Northside Park and Soccer Fields to nearby neighborhoods.

• Summit Trail: ½ mile. Another gravel walking path that also connects the fields to nearby neighborhoods on Livingston’s north side. It has two access points in the neighborhoods — one on Montana Street and another on West Summit Street.

• Myers’ River View Trail: 1 mile. A first-class gravel walking path, complete with descriptive signs, that goes along the Yellowstone River on Livingston’s east side.

• Yellowstone River Levy Trail: ¾ mile. A popular dirt walking path on “the dike,” as locals call it, along the Yellowstone, installed many years ago.

• Moja Dog Park Trail: ¼ mile. A gravel trail on the banks of the Yellowstone that’s a great place, as the name indicates, to take the dogs.

And there are other trails being contemplated for the future, such as a path along Front Street that would provide a much-needed place for pedestrians to safely navigate Front Street from where the sidewalk ends to Star Subdvision.

So kudos to the city and its Parks and Trails Committee for a forward-looking vision to help make Livingston an even better place to live, and to the agencies and businesses that helped provide funding and labor for the trails. At the same time, a request: Please keep the trails maintained and free of weeds for local residents to enjoy. 

And, a request to those residents: Get out and use these excellent trails. They are a tremendous addition to the city.

— Dwight Harriman
Enterprise News Editor