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Posted on: April 30, 2020

BSB Chief Executive Dave Palmer Announces Opening of Parks and Possible July 3rd Fireworks Display

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Chief Executive Dave Palmer announced in order to promote the physical and mental well-being of citizens that parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports, and playing fields in Silver Bow County are open.

Chief Executive Dave Palmer announced in order to promote the physical and mental well-being of citizens that parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports, and playing fields in Silver Bow County are open, but please adhere the guidance and restrictions.  To ensure the safety of our community, Palmer will pull together a workforce and purchasing equipment to ensure high-traffic areas in the parks such as playground equipment and restrooms will be fully sanitized several times per day.

In concern for the children of Butte-Silver Bow who have been impacted by the closures of school as well as spring and summer activities, Palmer will also explore the possibility of stocking the fishing ponds at Skyline and Copper Mountain Parks. This is an ideal outdoor activity for families to participate in while still practicing physical distancing.

In addition, if the citizens of Butte-Silver Bow keep the positive cases of COVID-19 down through the middle of June, Palmer would like to hold the July 3rd fireworks display on Big Butte sponsored by Town Pump. All Freedom Fest activities have been cancelled per order of Health Officer Karen Sullivan, and Chester Steele Park as well as the Anselmo Mine Yard will also be closed the evening of 3rd. In order to have our community enjoy the display, Butte-Silver Bow asks that all households keep guests to 10 people or under. If we are in phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan by that time, it could change to 50 people or under.

“I am so proud of the citizens of Butte Silver Bow for their diligence in following the governor’s directives and CDC guidelines to protect their families and neighbors at this time,” said Dave Palmer. “At the outset of this pandemic, I pulled together a policy committee that has met several times per week, making decisions to keep the citizens of Butte-Silver Bow safe. The decisions made by this committee, and the hard work by our citizens, has allowed us to flatten the curve and prevent additional cases of COVID-19 in our community. Our policy committee will continue to make decisions that are beneficial to our community while keeping their health and safety as our number one priority. In true Butte fashion, we have pulled together as a community to tackle this pandemic, and I know we will come out on the other side stronger.”

As Butte-Silver Bow works through phase one of reopening our economy, we ask that citizens please continue following CDC guidelines for sanitation as well as physical distancing. It is so important if we want to continue to keep our numbers down, and our economy moving forward.

For additional information, including more information on park openings, please visit our website at co.silverbow.mt.us.

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