Groundbreaking events were held for the Skyline Trail and Inner Belt Loop on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
This momentous occasion is a result of the unwavering efforts of public and private community stakeholders. Due to their commitment and collaboration, the City was able to secure the highly competitive BUILD grant in addition to City funds and generous donations from the business community and Billings residents.
The Skyline Trail will further extend recreation and active transportation opportunities for the community by connecting existing trails on the iconic Rimrocks. To enhance the trail's appeal, several thoughtful features will be incorporated, including seating areas with stunning views of the city and the Bighorn, Pryor and Beartooth Mountains, interpretive signs detailing the history of the region, paved parking, a MET bus shelter, bike racks, and more.
The Inner Belt Loop is set to become a key connector from the Billings Heights to the west end of town, offering incredible opportunities for commercial and residential growth as well as improving safety and accessibility.
By the end of this construction season, both projects are expected to be completed and ready for their grand debut with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A crowd gathers for the Skyline Trail groundbreaking event on Tuesday.
Mayor Bill Cole speaks at the Skyline Trail groundbreaking event.
Golden shovels fling dirt into the air for the Skyline Trail groundbreaking.
Rep. Larry Brewster speaks at the groundbreaking event for the Inner Belt Loop.
Heights Councilmember Roy Neese speaks to a crowd at the Inner Belt Loop Groundbreaking.
Heights Councilmember Jennifer Owen speaks to a crowd at the Inner Belt Loop groundbreaking ceremony.
Mayor Bill Cole delivers remarks about the Inner Belt Loop.
Five golden shovels dig in and break ground for the Inner Belt Loop.
A photo captures dirt flying off of the golden shovels mid-air.
Billings Mayor Bill Cole poses for a photo with Rep. Brewster.
Councilmember Neese digs into the dirt with Yellowstone County Commissioners and Mayor Bill Cole.