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Beginning in the early 1990s. Bozeman local volunteers began an ambitious process to rehabilitate a local gravel pit into a community park. Working thousands of hours themselves, with some assistance from city, county and state agencies, they turned over the task 'park building' to a fledgling new Rotary Club that just chartered in 1992.
Needing a signature community project, the members gladly accepted the challenge and began sculpting, cultivating and renovating the property.
With each passing year, as more members joined the club, more and more amenities were added to the park, now officially known as the East Gallatin Recreation Area.
The Bozeman community quickly took notice and appreciated all the new features being added. By 2009, a new restroom and outdoor shower building was added, soon followed by an outdoor patio, volleyball courts, climbing rock, diving and fishing dock.
By 2010, more and more community events began being hosted at the Park including triathlons, swim races, winter X-C events, community picnics, and of course, fishing derbys.
East Gallatin has enjoyed support from many corporate sponsors, government entities, foundations, businesses and individual contributors, finally culminating in 2014 with the 'burning of the mortgage' celebration by the Sunrise Rotary Club in 2014 (seen below).