loretteThe Office of Community Development
406-424-8799 shbcdc@3rivers.net

The Office of Community Development serves to administer and oversee numerous projects for the benefit of the community.

Safe Routes to School: The community of Shelby has an active Safe Routes to School Program offering walking school buses in the fall and spring months to encourage and assist in walking and biking programs for elementary students.  The SRTS Program also assists Shelby Elementary School with the annual Kid’s Marathon.

Shelby Recycling Association: Shelby Recycling Association is a small group of dedicated citizens who with the help of the City of Shelby successfully was awarded grant funding to initiate Recycle Shelby.  The recycling site is at the intersection of Coyote Pass and Oilfield Avenue on the north side of Shelby.  Recycling containers include an aluminum/tin trailer; paper bin; and cardboard bin.  All proceeds from the sale of these recyclables sustain recycling in Shelby.

Roadrunner Recreation Trail: Roadrunner Recreation Trail is a little over 5 miles of paved city and rural trail.  The trail begins at the intersection of Main Street and Coyote Pass, heading north along Oilfield Avenue and circumventing around Lake Sheloole. It loops back into Shelby on the City Shop Road.  A mid-way loop intersects the trail at the Coyote Hills subdivision. Exercise stations; benches; pet stations and points-of-interest signage compliment the trail system. 

Shelby Heights Trail: The Heights Trail is a shared-use pathway on the south end of the community under construction.  From 12th Avenue to 5th Street and along 13th Street and 9th Avenue, widened roadways allow for walkers and bikers to share the road.

Shelby-Toole County Community Transportation Safety Plan: The City of Shelby in partnership with Toole County has initiated the Shelby- Toole County Community Transportation Safety Plan and DUI Task Force.  The group meets quarterly to discuss strategies and priorities in our efforts to make our city and county safer for all residents.  Priorities for the group include Inattentive/Distracted Driving Strategies and Impaired Driving Strategies.

Community Forestry Program: Over the last 2 decades, the City of Shelby has been recognized as a Tree City USA.  As such the city has continually sought to initiate and improve our forestry program that creates a healthier tree community.  Tree care and maintenance workshops; Arbor Day activities; Master Plans for our trail and business districts; a utility partnership; professional tree care in our parks and public areas; and teaching our children to be good stewards have long reaching benefits.

Champions Park: Dubbed “The Fight That Won’t Stay Dead”- Champions Park Committee is diligently working to bring history alive commemorating the infamous Dempsey-Gibbons World Heavyweight Championship fight held in Shelby on July 4, 1923. Champions Park, the planned outdoor interpretive museum will feature a smaller scale version of the original arena with a full size ring holding life-size bronzes of Jack Dempsey, Tommy Gibbons and the referee.  Four interactive audio kiosks will depict pictures and audio highlights recounting fight events as well as feature the history of northern Montana homesteading, the oil and gas industry and the railroad. A heritage wall will commemorate those homesteaders and early pioneers in Toole County. Work has begun on the park, with the City/Champions Park Committee continually seeking funding to bring Champions Park to life.  The park is located at 484 12th Avenue North.

Toole County Heritage Audio Tour and Historic Shelby Walking Tour: Through grant funding the City of Shelby has created a heritage audio CD and accompanying brochure map with a wealth of history & heritage highlights.  CD’s are available from the Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce or Office of Community Development for a small fee.  The Historic Shelby Walking Tour is free of charge and available at these locations as well.