MC West End beautification project nearing completion

Ashley Roness
Star Staff Writer

The West End beautification project in Miles City is moving forward with the information kiosks to be completed soon.

During Thursday’s meeting of the Miles City Area Economic Development Council (MCAEDC), Lew Vadheim, development committee chair, discussed the progress.

According to Vadheim, the overall project has been divided into two projects, the first being the kiosks to be placed along walking trails in town. There will be one at Spotted Eagle Recreation Area, another on the walking path by Holy Rosary Healthcare, one at the Range Riders Museum and two in Riverside Park.  Each kiosk will feature different information.

For example, Vadheim said the kiosk at Spotted Eagle will feature information on Chief Spotted Eagle and how the lake was named, while the ones at Riverside Park will feature information on the old steamboat landing that was located there.

The development committee is now awaiting approval of the text so the signs, which are two feet by three feet in size, can be completed by ABC Glass of Miles City.

John Laney, Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said an anonymous donor provided the $3,000 for the kiosks. The cost could have been much more if most of the walking paths hadn’t already existed, said Laney. 

The second part of the beautification project is planting rows of trees at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds in Miles City.  According to Jenny Sloan, an irrigation system has been installed but the trees won’t be planted until next spring due to the drought.

The first set of trees will be planted at the northern entrance to the fairgrounds behind the town’s the iconic cow statue. The second set of trees will be planted along the highway between the fairgrounds and town.

Sloan said the cost is about $150 per mature tree depending on the number and types of trees purchased. 

Currently, the tree-planting portion of the project has received $4,500 from Keep American Beautiful and $2,000 from a private donor. 

The irrigation system cost about $4,500 while the cost of the trees is still to be determined. 

Sloan said MCAEDC is still looking for more donations, as well as organizations in town that are willing to help plant the trees.

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