New restrooms at the parking and picnic area in Swords Park will open as soon as weather permits construction completion. Coming this summer: drinking water at the trailhead.
Billings City Council at a work session on Monday night heard reports on park improvements, bike path grants and Yellowstone Kelly's grave.
View photos of Swords Park on the Billings Rimrocks
It started three years ago in an email sent by a disgruntled visitor from California.
Runners, cyclists and walkers make their way back to the Swords Park lot after the Billings Fire Department closed access to the rims on Wednesday morning. Before the rims closure, residents used personal fireworks on the rims, sometimes starting grass fires.
Most people in Billings know little about Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly, frontiersman and Army scout, whose remains are buried on top of the east end of the Rimrocks.
A crowd gathers for a ceremony to honor Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly at his gravesite in Swords Park on Saturday.
Bill Cole, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitor Bureau’s Trails Committee, places a wreath on Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly’s grave in Swords Park on Saturday.
Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly historian Jerry Keenan stands next to a photograph of the frontiersman during the ceremony at Kelly’s gravesite in Swords Park.
The Eugene Sara Detachment of Marine veterans, left, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars honor Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly at his gravesite in Swords Park on Saturday.
A photograph of Luther Sage "Yellowstone" Kelly's burial is displayed during a ceremony honoring Kelly at his gravesite in Swords Park on Saturday.
Tab Moen, of Billings, photographs a picture of Luther Sage "Yellowstone" Kelly before a ceremony honoring the frontiersman at his gravesite in Swords Park on Saturday.
Wilber Jensen of the Marine Corps League looks at a photo of Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly’s burial in Swords Park on Saturday.
Billings emergency crews respond to a car that drove off the Rims east off Swords Park and landed near the irrigation canal by N 18th Street.
An unusually large pot of money is available this year to fund more than $900,000 worth of sidewalk and trail projects in the Billings area.
A multipurpose biking, walking and running trail winds along the top of the Billings Rimrocks.
Public access to areas along the Rims has been closed during the Fourth of July holiday.
The Swords Park Trail in the Heights has received a pair awards, one from the state and one from a national group.
Cyclists pedal along Swords Park Trail last week. A campaign is under way to recruit volunteers for trail maintenance and donors for trailside improvements.
Nancy Detrick of the League of Women Voters signs a pledge during a press conference to kick off the Clean Air Promise campaign at Swords Park Wednesday.