Help Us Save Open SpaceYOU HAVE REACHED A WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THREE INTERRELATED PROPOSITIONS:
1. That the University of Montana Golf Course is worth preserving.
2. That Missoula College (formerly College of Technology) Campus should be located on the already existing COT campus west of Fort Missoula.
3. That The University of Montana main campus has adequate space for future expansion
On October 2, 2013, University President Royce Engstrom announced that the Missoula College building authorized by the 2013 Montana Legislature would be built on an East Broadway site at the mouth of Hellgate Canyon. Concurrently, Missoula College will not be built on the athletic fields that currently support the University Golf Course. The many thousands of Missoula residents who opposed destruction of this iconic municipal open space are extremely pleased with this decision, and the Advocates are grateful for the support received in achieving this result. We believe this decision was the direct result of activity by the Advocates for Missoula's Future, and we intend to continue that activity because it is not clear that this is a long term, permanent solution.
The history of the UM Administration with regard to the open space athletic fields has lacked integrity from the beginning, and President Engstrom has continued to insist that future expansion of the University of Montana will eventually require creation of a “South Campus”. Credible evidence to the contrary exists. It is unlikely that the University of Montana will exceed the capacity of the current campus in 25 or even 50 years. Nationally, it is predicted that on-line learning will reduce the size of most four year institutions in the United States and even eliminate many smaller colleges.
The fate of Missoula College remains to be determined. Integrating two-year students onto the main campus was not prescribed by the Lumina Foundation grant and the resulting College!NOW program; and even if the culinary arts program can be moved to the new building, two-year students will still be required to shuttle among several separated campus areas and be academically disadvantaged in classes with four-year students. Some members of the University Faculty believe the flagship liberal arts University of Montana is being dismantled by these and other changes (www.UM-Faculty-Advocates.com)
There are decisions to be made by the University Administration and the Board of Regents that will shape the University of Montana for many years. In the degree that recent and past history can be helpful in making these decisions, this website will continue to provide background material that has been difficult to find and usually ignored in the past. The following subject areas will be included:
LEGAL. The letter from Attorney Quentin Rhoades to OCHE Clayton Christian and the supporting documents showing that University Alumni purchased the athletic fields area for athletic purposes only.
REGENTS. A compilation of the contacts, petitions, letters and requests to the Board of Regents objecting to the proposed construction on the athletic fields
TIME LINE. Dates relating the long history of the athletic fields and the associated events that influenced the area. This includes a complete timeline for the inception and demise of the Hydrogen Futures Park at Fort Missoula.
OPEN SPACE. An update of the users and uses related to a multi-million dollar asset – the athletic fields containing the University of Montana Golf Course. This is not just a golf course, and it is important that the value as open space in the City of Missoula be recognized.
HISTORY A summary of previous attacks on the athletic fields and the continuing need for permanent resolution.
THESE REVISIONS WILL REQUIRE A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME. PLEASE CHECK BACK AS PROGRESS OCCURS
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Who are the ADVOCATES FOR MISSOULA'S FUTURE?
Advocates for Missoula's Future (AMF) is a grassroots organization of individuals who care about the University golf course as open space and value the residential housing areas that surround it. We favor the construction of a new facility for the Missoula College, but not at the enormous cost that accrues to the students and community in the development of dedicated athletic fields/open space. We care for the University and support the Missoula College with its own campus. Construction at the Fort Missoula location would have joined the scattered facilities of the Missoula College (formerly College of Technology) in one place, preserved the valuable open space and residential communities in southeast Missoula, and provided a winning solution for all concerned. We collected, and represented, over 6,000 signatures on petitions to preserve the golf course and build Missoula College at the Fort. We believe that the main campus, with completion of unfinished space and appropriate scheduling can provide adequate classrooms for any foreseeable growth of the University of Montana.
Advocates for Missoula's Future
P.O. Box 8506
Missoula, MT 59807