A larger than expected crowd of about 50 people turned out in Billings on Tuesday night to provide suggestions on changes to Hell Creek State Park. The meeting was the first chance the public had to comment on what they’d like to see at the popular Fort Peck Reservoir recreation area. Still unknown is whether the state will receive the $1.1 million it requested for park improvements. That request is working its way through the Legislature. This is just the initial process. An architectural firm from Billings that led the meetings will provide a report to Montana State Parks. From there the state will have to go through a formal environmental assessment allowing more opportunity for public comment. The issue will also go before the state parks board for approval. Also in the Legislature is a measure that would allow marina concessionaire Clint and Deb Thomas to receive a 20-year lease when their current lease expires in two years.
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(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)