Welcome to the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork, where we are dedicated to enhancing and improving our beloved community. We strive to make Bigfork the best it can be, from the main corridor to the charming Village Downtown, Woods Bay, Echo Lake, and Ferndale. With a commitment to excellence, we have invested over $2.4 million to maintain and support the town’s infrastructure, amenities, and culture.
Our past projects have included initiatives such as the installation of signage at the entrance to Bigfork, the implementation of solar-powered crosswalk lights in front of our school, and the placement of downtown pet waste stations and benches. We have also developed a Downtown Historical Walk, taken care of street maintenance, striping, and cleaning.
At CFBB, we believe that working together is the key to achieving great things. By collaborating with other organizations and members of the community, we can continue to enhance and improve Bigfork for generations to come. Join us in our mission to make Bigfork the best it can be.
The Swan River Nature Trail is a beloved recreational destination in the Flathead Valley, offering visitors the chance to bike, walk, and explore the beautiful Wild Mile along the Swan River. At CFBB, we are proud to have worked alongside Pacific Corp and the Whitney Family to ensure that this vital community resource remains accessible to the public.
To support the trail and ensure its ongoing maintenance, CFBB provides waste removal services, signage, and conflict resolution support for local users. We have also installed concrete picnic tables and pet stations along the Swan River, making the trail experience more enjoyable for all.
Our most recent project involved the construction of a new entry gate, complete with beautiful stone accents. With these efforts, we hope to continue preserving and enhancing the Bigfork Nature Trail for generations to come.
The CFBB donated $50,000 to partner with the Center for the Performing Arts Foundation and contributors to create a new parking lot in downtown Bigfork. The parking lot supplies 75 parking spaces for the community and our visitors.
We supply maintenance for the park grounds, stage, playground equipment and most importantly the public restrooms. This requires the foundation to work with Pacific Corp and the County to accomplish.
Protecting our Flathead Lake with drainage filtration systems. The Community Foundation worked with the State and County through Federal Grants to accomplish this.
Our bridge was slated for removal. After a year of engagement, the Community Foundation successfully lobbied the Montana Department of Transportation to ensure the historical aesthetics of the legacy structure would be supported in a new, more effective bridge. It is important to the Community that we keep the iconic look.
The foundation continues to support expansion and new amenities for the quality of life in our community. We have pledged to donate $50,000 to the new library. The new library will supply added floor space and parking to service our growing community.
Maintain the public dock and work with the County to make sure the decking is safe and in good condition.
To address safety concerns the CFBB constructed a hand railing along the sidewalk on Commerce Avenue. In addition, we provided a new sidewalk and hand railing on Bridge Street.