Three improvement projects are under way in Giant Springs State Park next to Great Falls.
The largest project is a complete replacement of the irrigation system in the main portion of the park. The work by Wadsworth Construction of Great Falls will continue into the fall. All park facilities are open during the construction. The project is necessary to replace the aging irrigation system, which has been experiencing frequent problems and leaks. Total cost is about $258,000.
A second project is occurring at the family fishing pond in Giant Springs with the installation of five handicap accessible fishing platforms along the shoreline. The platforms will provide accessible fishing opportunities and help protect the shoreline and natural resources in the area. A large portion of the funding for this $45,000 project came from PPL Montana's River Fund grant program. Bonzer Construction of Augusta is the general contractor on the project. Completion is expected by October. The pond will remain open for fishing throughout the project.
AAA Construction is working on the third project, which will repair damaged asphalt in the park's parking lots, eliminate drainage problems at the entrance area, and seal cracks in the parking lot surface. Work will also be completed at Lewis & Clark Overlook to improve drainage at the entrance to the Rivers Edge Trail there. This project is being completed through FWP's major maintenance program and PPL Montana funding. Park facilities will remain open during the project.Questions about the projects can be directed to Matt Marcinek, Park Manager at (406) 454-5858 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.