Sunset Hills Cemetery and Lindley Park Water Conservation Project

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Project update as of 5/17/19:
Phase one of the project is wrapping up and the contractor is planning to move out of the project area next week.  The contractor is waiting on materials to construct the pump encolsure at the bottom of Peet's Hill, which is the last element of phase one that needs to be completed.  Dates for this installation are to be determined.
Some materials will be stored at the bottom of Peet's Hill for phase two of the project which will occur in August along the Gallagator Trail west of Church Ave. 
  • Parking at the Church Ave. parking lot for Peet's Hill will remain open to the public. 
  • The south and north pathway up Peet's Hill from the Church Ave. parking lot will remain open. 
  • Gallagator Trail on the west side of Church Ave. will remain open. 
See below for more information on anticipated trail closures.


The City of Bozeman has secured the funding necessary to complete the Sunset Hills Cemetery and Lindley Park Water Conservation Project, made possible in part by a $125,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Renewable Resource Grant Program and a $300,000 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Grant Program. 

This project will allow the City of Bozeman to build the infrastructure needed to use existing surface water supplies in Bozeman Creek to irrigate Sunset Hills Cemetery and Lindley Park – eliminating the use of treated drinking water for irrigation in this area.

The scope of this project includes:
  1. Installation of a pump enclosure at the bottom of Peet’s Hill/Burke Park
  2. Construction of a pressure pipeline to be installed under the north pathway up Peet’s Hill/Burke Park to transport water from the pump enclosure to the existing irrigation system at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
  3. Installation of a conveyance pipeline to be installed underneath Gallagator Trail to convey water from the diversion structure to Peet’s Hill/Burke Park.
  4. Construction of a new automated headgate diversion structure on Bozeman Creek, to be located near the Gallagator Trail footbridge over Bozeman Creek south of Church Ave.


Benefits of this project include:
  • conservation of treated drinking water supplies currently used to irrigate the Cemetery
  • savings of over $25,000 per year currently spent on water charges to irrigate the Cemetery
  • conservation of groundwater supplies currently used to irrigate Lindley Park
  • reduced safety risks to city staff associated with the existing Bozeman Creek diversion structure
  • increased instream flows in Bozeman Creek to support fish habitat
  • year-round fish passage in Bozeman Creek due to new diversion structure
Estimated water savings realized upon completion of the project total 372 million gallons annually
  • 353 million gallons of surface water will be conserved and kept in Bozeman Creek through the elimination of seepage in the existing ditch and through the implementation of automated controls at the point of diversion.
  • 11 million gallons of treated drinking water currently used to irrigate Sunset Hills Cemetery will be conserved
  • 8 million gallons of groundwater currently used to irrigate Lindley Park will be conserved.

Bozeman relies on snowpack and surface water for its water supply, with 80% of its water supply coming from Sourdough Creek and Hyalite Creek, and 20% from Lyman Spring in the Bridger Mountains.  As a semi-arid drought-prone community, Bozeman recognizes the importance of water conservation in ensuring a reliable water supply for the future.  And with 50% of total summer-time water use going to lawns and landscapes, conserving treated water used for irrigation is an important step in sustainably managing The City’s water supplies.  The City wants to help you do your part too.  Learn more about the City’s Water Conservation Program and get cash back for conserving water in your own yard. 


The construction of the pump enclosure and pressure pipeline to be installed at Peet’s Hill/Burke Park is set to occur in April and May.  This work will involve limited trail closures. 

Trail closures during April - May include:
  • A small portion of the paved path near the Peet’s Hill/Burke Park parking lot on Church Ave. This closure is limited and not anticipated to impede or alter access to the trails going up Peet’s Hill/Burke Park. 
  • The pathway up Peet’s Hill/Burke Park from the Church Ave. parking lot to the north.  An alternate trail route up Peet’s Hill/Burke Park (to the south) will be available during this time.  Closure anticipated to occur for one week during this timeframe.
Road closures in May/June include:
  • Church Ave. just south of Story Ave. at the Gallagator Trail road crossing.  Standard detour road signs will be posted.  This closure is anticipated to occur for ~4 days beginning May 6th.

The construction of the automated headgate diversion structure and conveyance pipeline to be installed underneath Gallagator Trail is set to occur in August.  This work will involve trail closures along Gallagator Trail.

Trail closures in August include:
  • Gallagator Trail from its intersection with Church Ave. south to the footbridge that crosses over Bozeman Creek.  This trail will remain open during Sweet Pea weekend but will be closed beginning August 5th and is expected to remain closed until August 28th.  This represents ~300 feet of trail closure.  Alternate trail route signs will be posted on the north and south end of the trail closure to help community members navigate this closure.

Due to the nature of this project, Story Ditch, which runs along the paved path at Peet’s Hill/Burke Park and into Lindley Park will not carry water during the construction of the project.  The City will make every effort to post trail closure signs in advance of the closures.  Please understand that the estimated trail closure timelines above are subject to change.

The City realizes that these trails are, for many, an integral part of enjoying our community in the summertime.  We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to construct a project which will bring many long-term conservation benefits to our community. 

If you would like to see the entire scope of the project and all affected trail/road areas, please click on this Sunset Hills & Lindley Park Water Conservation Project Map.