Parks have been an important part of the Great Falls landscape since the very beginning. When Paris Gibson platted the new city he included ample open spaces for parks. Today the Park and Recreation Department maintains more than 57 parks. The City Park system has many beautiful locations that can be rented for weddings and other special occasions. The parks have varying amenities from simple open space to tennis courts, picnic shelters, the water park and the skate park.
Park and Recreation also maintains recreational trails. Some parks, like Gibson and Elk's Riverside, have walking paths which connect into the City's reknowned River's Edge Trail.