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The Sidney Community Is Asked To 'Take Part In Our Park' In Preparation For The Billings Symphony, July 8th


Sidney City Parks Superintendent Stephanie Ridl is inviting local businesses and residents to become involved in “Take Part in Our Park”, a donation-based project that will allow for much needed improvements in Veteran’s Memorial Park. In addition to Ridl’s goal of upgrading all of Sidney’s parks, the push for improvements in Veteran’s Memorial Park is in preparation for hosting The Billings Symphony as part of The Festival of the Arts, with the symphony performing July 8, 2016. Sidney has one of the only amphitheaters in Eastern Montana and the City of Sidney and The Billings Symphony are both excited for the event.

All donations are tax deductible, and will fund four park projects. The first project is to replace the existing seating facing the Anderson Pavilion with thirty-four vinyl plastisol coated benches on top of low-maintenance concrete. The second project involves replacing ten garbage can surrounds with 100% recycled plastic, UV protected receptacles; the cost for the new garbages and seating is $1,000 per garbage can receptacle and $1,000 per bench. The third project consists of meeting ADA compliancy with the installation of a wheelchair ramp and railing along the east side of Anderson Pavilion with a total cost of $10,000 and, finally, there is a planned archway to be constructed off the east sidewalk over the pathway that leads to Governor Nutter’s Statue and the Holly Sugar train. Aluminum plaques can be purchased by donors for $150 with five lines of text and up to twenty-six characters.

“I’m really trying to rally our community around our park system and making improvements to Veteran’s Memorial Park, especially becoming ADA compliant, will not only show pride in our community, but will also allow us to better serve community members as well as host future special events,” said Ridl. “I want people to know that any amount will make a difference, and I am truly grateful for any and all contributions.”

To ensure that the projects are completed before July 8th, donations should be made prior to March 16. Brochures were mailed to local businesses last week with detailed information about each project. Anyone who is interested in contributing or who would like more information about “Take Part in Our Park”, can contact Sidney City Hall at 406-433- 2809, or contact Ridl directly at 406-480-9263 or via email at and request a brochure.

Donations should be made to Sidney City Hall ATTN: “Take Part in Our Park”, 115 2nd Street SE, Sidney, MT, 59270.


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