Polling Results

In Jan 2008, Friends of FMRP hired professional pollster The Gallatin Group to gauge public opinion of the proposed development of the park. Here are the highlights of that poll:

  • 70% of city voters would vote for an $8M bond for phased development and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of the cost to individual taxpayers does not diminish support for the $8 million bond – when voters hear it will cost an average of $18 dollars per year, support remains high (74%)
  • 77% feel parks are essential in introducing our children to important values of nature, outdoor recreation and maintaining active and healthy lifestyles
  • 75% feel we owe it to our children and our grandchildren to provide healthy places for active recreation
  • Voters have a variety of suggestions for parks and recreational facilities, including “more/better walking/jogging/hiking trails/parks” (11%), and another 7% are equally concerned about “more open space/better access to open space,” “parks for children” and “more playgrounds/better/safer playground equipment.”
  • All seven potential projects that could be funded by the bond proposal are perceived important to a majority ofMissoulavoters:
    • Walking and biking trails (89% important, 53% “extremely” important) top the list as the most important type of facility to be funded by this measure
    • Playgrounds (83% important, 43% “extremely”)
    • Unstructured open space (77% important, 44% “extremely”).
    • Playing fields (72% important, 27% “extremely”).


In 2011, The City of Missoula conducted a Poll on Missoulian’s perspectives on Missoula parks