Lying behind the Scheels Sports building at Shiloh Crossing in Billings, this property was donated to the Yellowstone River Parks Association (YRPA) in 2015. YRPA desired to have the area be a small park, and several concepts were developed, integrating the owner’s ideas for park amenities. Ultimately, the designers at Peaks to Plains Design thought “outside of the box” and developed a concept that would be completely original in the City of Billings – naming it the “backyard games park.”
RiverStone Health is an essential provider of public health services in Yellowstone County. With recent campus expansion, RiverStone Health sought to integrate interactive public art on their campus. Peaks to Plains Design designed a chalk art board on a radius comprised of metal. Any person is welcome to contribute their creativity to the wall. The wall's chalk art is cleaned on a regular basis, ready for someone's next inspiration.
The parks and open spaces at Big Sky are all privately owned by either a non-profit organization, developer or home owner’s association. In fact, over 70 HOA’s exist in Big Sky and manage publicly available lands on individual basis. Local community advocates have recognized the challenges in managing such as system for a community that is becoming more established. The parks plan for Big Sky is a strategic planning effort to set out a preferred 10-year vision for the acquisition, management and operations of publicly accessible lands designated to function as municipal parks. Peaks to Plains Design is facilitating the public engagement process including focus groups, a statistically valid survey and community meetings.
The Montana Audubon Center’s mission is to promote appreciation, knowledge and conservation of Montana’s native birds, other wildlife and natural ecosystems through high quality conservation education programs for all ages. Peaks to Plains Design has been guiding the development of outdoor spaces around the Billings, Montana education building since the mid-2000s. In 2014, Peaks to Plains Design developed a master plan that integrated nature into the children’s outdoor play and learning areas. Knowing that creative plays fosters improved balance and large motors skills, healthier body weight and concentration, Peaks to Plains Design facilitated a design charrette with participation from children and adults to ensure imaginative play areas.
The purpose of this project was to develop conceptual designs for the Big Sky Entryway to act as a welcoming statement to travelers from either direction along Highway 191. Peaks to Plains Design studied previous monumnet-type deisngs, state and local code and the community’s wayfinding master plan to inform design decisions. 28 monument deisgn concepts were freehand sketched following the general architectural style of the region. Three sketches were selected for further refinement. The client applied for grant monies to bring the project into the construction document phase; however, the funding was not awarded and the project concluded in the schematic design phase.