Fairgrounds & Parks

Department Overview

The vision for the Fairgrounds and Parks Department is to create and maintain world-class fairgrounds, parks and trails for all, through the cooperative efforts of our community.  Our mission is to provide quality agricultural, socio-economic and recreational opportunities to Park County residents and visitors by facilitating access, understanding and enjoyment of the natural and built assets and amenities of Park County, Montana.

FairgroundsServices include a year-round event center with seating capacity of 680, a dining room and catering kitchen; ample parking space, an outdoor arena with a covered grandstand and bleachers that can accommodate more than 5,000 spectators; event-related camping with 40 established camp sites complete with water and electric hook-ups, a centralized sanitary dump station, and a men’s and women’s shower house.  Additional services include year-round horse stalling, bus garaging and seasonal storage.  Currently, we are accepting applications for the 2019 Park County Christmas Fair.  More information can be found here:  http://www.parkcounty.org/Government-Departments/Fairgrounds/2019-Christmas-Fair/

ParksPark County is home to four county parks.  Arch Park is located just north of the world famous Roosevelt Arch, offers a stone shelter pavilion, picnic tables, a stage, barbeque area, water fountain and trees interspersed among the 1.5-acre parcel.   Confluence Park, located near the confluence of the Gardner and Yellowstone Rivers, is conveniently tucked away in Gardiner, Montana.  Green Acres Park is located in Livingston; this 2.9-acre community park is surrounded by trees.  Silver Gate Park is centrally located in the small community of Silver Gate, just outside of Yellowstone National Park. Amenities include picnic tables, benches, playground equipment, vault toilets and bear proof trash receptacles.  

Last Year in Review

In May 2018, the Park County Commission assembled a small stakeholder committee to provide oversight and guidance to the Fairgrounds Master Plan process.  A master plan is a dynamic long-term planning document that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development. Master planning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments.

Since its inception, the Master Plan Committee met 23 times with more than a dozen different stakeholder groups and hundreds of individuals during events, listening sessions, meetings tours, and workshops.  As a result, the Master Plan, which reflects a collective community vision for the future of the Park County Fairgrounds, is nearly finished.  To wrap up the work of the committee, three public meetings and a final report will be completed in the fall of 2019. More information about the Master Plan process can be found here:  http://www.parkcounty.org/Government-Departments/Fairgrounds-Parks/Fairgrounds-Master-Plan/

The Park County Fairgrounds & Parks (PCFP) Board was created in March of 2019 by resolution no. 1297.  The newly formed 9-member PCFP Board serves as an advisory board to the Park County Commission, represent the public's best interests, provides direction, guidance and oversight to ensure that the PCFP Department mission, vision and goals are met. 

Future Goals

  1. Complete the Fairgrounds Master Plan and transition the oversight and implementation to the Fairgrounds & Parks Board.
  2. Create and begin implementation of a 5-year strategic plan and goals to create a roadmap to help insure future success of the Department.
  3. Identify opportunities for growth and cost-saving measures through improvements to operations and infrastructure.

Updated 9/6/2019