Missoula, Montana's second-largest city is called the Garden City because its winters are milder than the rest of Montana. Located in an old, glacial lakebed, tucked into the heart of the Northern Rockies, it is three hours south of Glacier National Park and three-and-a-half hours west of Yellowstone National Park. Missoula is often considered the cultural center of the State, but when you think of Montana, what comes to mind is the outdoors. White water rafting, fly fishing and its extensive trail system within 400 acres of parkland are central to the city's quality of life.
Known for its "slant streets" because of the roads that angle off at about 46 degrees from due north, Rose Park residents enjoy the reduced traffic encouraged by the tricky streets. The area is very pedestrian and bike friendly. The heart of the neighborhood is Rose Memorial Park, a Korean War Memorial that is home to green spaces and lavish beds of roses. The tranquility of this park makes it a favorite resting place during the spring and summer months. Triangle Park was created from the residents using materials salvaged from a fire house that was being torn down. The centerpiece of this park is Missoula's only labyrinth meditation path made of bricks from the firehouse. Many of Missoula's favorite restaurants and boutiques are part of, or close to, Rose Park giving the neighborhood the best of both worlds. The most traveled of the slant streets runs through the center of the neighborhood and leads to some of the largest local establishments.
Centrally located with easy access to all of the city's amenities, this family oriented neighborhood is kid friendly and bustling with activity. Playfair Park provides soccer fields and tennis courts. Splash Montana, the newest addition to the area is a summer favorite. This is a wetlands area and special care has been given to preservation, resulting in a healthy population of migratory birds and fish. In the winter, Glacier Ice Rink is within walking distance and is a favorite recreational area for L&C neighbors. All of these amenities are wonderful, but what the area is most known for is its tight community and friendly ambience. This is beautifully reflected in the "Peace Path" project constructed by the students on the grounds of Lewis and Clark Elementary. They collected over 700 river rocks to line the path and each student wrote words of peace on their own rock. The school is central to many of the events in the neighborhood.
Home to Rattlesnake National Recreation Center, this area has diverse areas ranging from rural to suburban. The area was named for the creek that runs through it, so here you may find wildlife like deer and bears but not rattlesnakes. The west side of the Rattlesnake features Greenough Park, one of Missoula’s most beautiful and serene public spaces. The lower Rattlesnake consists of nearly 20 blocks of cottages that were once home to mill workers. The craftsman-style homes, and turn-of-the century architecture put this neighborhood on the National Historic Register. Upper Rattlesnake is where you will find a more country way of life. Residents work with government agencies to maintain a healthy relationship between humans and their wildlife neighbors. In all of the area, outdoor activities like hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and camping are popular and accessible. In the winter, snow shoeing and cross country skiing keep the parks busy.