City Meet

Cross country runners take off at the start of the varsity boys race at the Billings City Meet at Riverfront Park on Oct. 12, 2017. 

It's not the athletes running around the cross country course that's the problem at Riverfront Park. 

Instead, it's the dozens of cars that inevitably line South Billings Boulevard and the people moving across the busy road that has School District 2 eyeing a new site for cross country meets. 

District activities director Mark Wahl told a group of school, city and county board members about the potential move at a joint meeting Thursday. 

City Council member Chris Friedel had brought up snarled traffic on the road during meets. 

"I'd like to be able to continue to have it there," he said. "I just want to find a solution."

SD2 board member Tanya Ludwig, who has worked as a school bus driver from First Student, agreed. 

"It does get dangerous over there when there are cross country events," she said. 

The district holds five middle and high school meets at the park each fall season. 

Wahl said the district has been aware of the problem for the last few years but hasn't found a solution. There's limited parking in the park, and access in and out of park lots is too difficult for buses. 

City administrator Chris Kukulski said that he'd like to examine the problem with the district. 

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