Leading Community Partner: GVLT

March 20, 2016

With 41 acres of open space, off-leash dog walking and some of the best sunset views in town, Peets Hill/Burke Park is an iconic Bozeman destination.

It’s hard to imagine the space not being there for public use. However, this wasn’t always a given. Originally the land was plotted for 612 homes. This was in 1892, an era when city officials were working to demonstrate that Bozeman had the urban density worthy of a state capital.

Many years later, in 1990, Gallatin Valley Land Trust was established by founder Chris Boyd. With a vision to maintain open space and develop trail systems throughout the valley, Peet’s Hill became the non-profit’s first trail project. Chris worked with landowners, the city of Bozeman and individual donors to purchase the land and donate it to the city.

To honor his work, as well as celebrate GVLT’s 25th Anniversary, a new bridge was built at the entry to Peets Hill last December. Our Co-op, along with several other businesses and community groups, joined together to support the building of the new bridge.

Chris Boyd Bridge, which improves safety and water quality, goes over the seasonal creek at the base of the hill. With hundreds of users every day, the bridge provides a side for pedestrians as well as a side for dog and bike traffic.

Since it was founded, GVLThas created more than 80 miles of trails, worked with landowners to conserve 43,000 acres of open space (including 72 stream miles) and facilitated 1,319 acres of public access areas.

We are honored to work with GVLT as one of our Leading Community Partners through our Deep Roots giving program. Their tireless work preserving, protecting and improving our outdoor spaces is integral to bettering our community.

Photography by Jessie Moore Photography. Check out photos of all of our Leading Community Partners, on display now in the Flying C Cafe and Co-op Downtown.

Co-op Deep Roots

In operation since 1979, the Co-op has deep roots in Bozeman. As a community-owned business, we believe that bringing people together, inspiring change and making a difference in our community is all part of being a good neighbor.

The Deep Roots project digs deep to give back to our community in meaningful and inspiring ways, with a commitment to “Respect the food, the people and the place.”

What other non-profit groups are doing amazing things in our community? Check out a full list of our Leading Community Partners.