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Depot Park Project

Depot Park is the last open space in the heart of the Whitefish's downtown. It is the venue for many summer festivals and events. It is also a place where families have picnics and one can enjoy a book. In 2012 the City of Whitefish Parks & Recreation Department adopted a Master Plan to address the Depot Park area and the surrounding streetscapes. The intent was to update and enhance the Park to meet the greatly expanded use, make the park more functional for community events, daily use and enjoyment, to create a terminus to the downtown Central Avenue improvements and gateway for the historic Depot building.   

The Depot Park Master Plan will build on the foundational ideas and decisions made in the Whitefish Downtown Business District Master Plan.  The main features of the renovated Park are as follows:

Expanded open lawn areas and greatly improved visuals - Approximately 30 % of the Park was previously occupied by structures, paved parking areas and a dilapidated pond. The removal of these items will improve and enhance the visual connection from the business district to the historic Depot.

Enhancement of the Park perimeter - newly revitalized streetscape to match the characteristics of the Central Avenue. The new streetscape will significantly alter the use patterns at the Park, allowing for much greater flexibility for event staging. There will also be enhanced paved pedestrian areas at the four comers of the Park, meant to act as a backdrop and as gathering/small event spaces. There will also be enhanced benches at the park perimeter and un-anchored picnic tables within the park green space.

Multi-modal Transit Hub – the area north of the library will see improvements installed to serve those using alternative modes of transportation including bicyclists, the Snow Bus, Eagle Transit, and local hotel shuttles. The hub will include a bus stop, maps and an information board.

Four specific “tasks” are necessary to complete the project, as depicted below:


Task 1: Completed June 2019!


Task 2 & Task 3: Nearly Complete....

January 2020 Update: Phase II of the Depot Park Project started in the Spring of 2019 with the improvements along Railway Street. In the Fall of 2019, work resumed on Spokane Avenue and the East side of Depot Park.  Much of the work was completed in the Fall of 2019, but due to weather the project was not completed. In the Spring of 2020, work will resume to finish the project, including pouring concrete crosswalks on Railway Street, curb and concrete approaches to the parking lot north of the Library and a pavement overlay on Railway Street from Central Avenue to Baker Avenue.

Schedule: The remaining work for Phase II will occur in the Spring of 2020. Much of the work is weather dependent and the exact start dates are unknown. Notices will be provided prior to the closure of Railway Street. This work will not begin prior to Monday, April 6th, 2020.

Project Impacts: Railway Street will be closed for several days for the concrete crosswalk work and the pavement overlay on Railway Street from Central Avenue to Baker Avenue.


Task 4:  Spring 2020

Description: The final phase of the Depot Park Project will construct a plaza area and seating area/raised planter at the southwest corner of Depot Park, reconstruct the roadway and sidewalks along Central Avenue, from Railway Street to Depot Street, and reconstruct the northwest corner of Depot Park. These improvements are in accordance with the Depot Park Master Plan.

Schedule: Construction of these improvements is planned to begin after the Whitefish Mountain Resort closes for the season and prior to the July 4th, 2020 holiday (i.e. during the “shoulder season”).   

            Projected Start Date: Monday, April 6th, 2020 (no earlier than)

            Construction End: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 (no later than)

Impacts: Central Avenue and the areas of Depot Park receiving improvements will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the duration of this project. Central Avenue will be closed from Railway Street to Depot Street and construction fencing will be installed along the west side of Depot Park.

Depot Park Project: Railway Street Closure

 LHC, Inc. will begin crosswalk installations on

Wednesday, April 22nd 2020 7:00AM

Railway Street will be closed from the intersection with Spokane Ave West to the Alley between Central Ave and Spokane Ave. The access to the parking lot east of Spokane Ave will also be closed.  Work will start at 7:00 am on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 and remain closed until 7:00 am on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020. 




Depot Detour