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Chanell Walby Director
(701) 523-3896

305 1st St SW
Bowman, ND 58623

What's New at

Bowman Parks and Recreation?


City Park Restroom 2020 - 1%:

Cashway Building Center was chosen as the general to demolish the existing restrooms and rebuild the restrooms at the city park.  The project started in the fall of 2020 and was completed in early December.  The facility includes a men's and womens restroom with 2-stalls each, a storage facility and a utility area.  The previous restroom was remodeled in 2005 when the entire park was renovated.

Baseball/Softball Complex Scoreboards 2020 - Community Donations:

Some community-minded businesses in Bowman donated a scoreboard, boring, and electrical lines and work and installed two score boards on the Little League Field and the Girls Fast Pitch Field in the fall of 2020.  Warren Flath of Western Frontier Insurance began the project in conjuction with the Bowman Baseball Boosters to help coordinate the project.  The total cost of the project is unknown, as the inkind donations of the boring from ERP Enterprises, the electrical materials and labor from Coyle Electric, and the welding and installation of posts plus the installation of the scoreboards by Harriman Welding were not estimated.  The Baseball Boosters also contributed with the purchase of the 2nd scoreboard and sponsorship panels.  We are truly thankful for the generous donations from these local businesses in support of youth baseball and softball!

Rouzie Rec Center Expansion 2020 - 1%:

JLG Architects were hired to work with the Park and Recreation Board on a design concept and cost opinion to add on to the north side of the Rouzie Rec Center.  Included in the plans will be multipurpose spaces to accommodate a variety of activities.  In 2015 the Bowman Community was asked to complete a needs assessment to determine programming and facility needs.  This expansion will include additional spaces cited in the needs survey for fitness, tumbling, dance, arts and crafts, day camps, community education classes, social events, birthday parties, meeting spaces, etc.  There will also be a kitchen/concession room, reception desk, foyer, a couple offices, restrooms, and storage.  The 1% sales tax dollars will be used to complete this stage of the project.

Project Update:  The Bowman County School District approved the sale of the portion of Block 25 that contains facilities (Rouzie Rec Center, Pool, Skate Park, Buffer zone) to the City of Bowman for $1 and the City of Bowman Accepted the Property - 9/2020.

Tree Planting at Butte View Campground 2020 - Outdoor Heritage Grant via Bowman/Slope Conservation District and General FUND:

Bowman Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with the Bowman-Slope Soil Conservation District received a ND Conservation District Outdoor Heritage Fund Tree Planting Initiative Grant to plant trees at the Butte View Campground.  The tree planting occurred in the spring of 2020 and the following trees were planted:  172 Ponderosa Pines, 159 Chokecherry trees, and 134 Lilac bushes with fabric to total 465.  

Skate Park Upgrades 2020 - 1%:

The skate board park located to the south of the Rouzie Rec Center is undergoing some upgrades.  The boards on the sides of the ramps are being replaced with 3/4" treated plywood and will be painted.  The metal will also be sandblasted and repainted.  The 1% sales tax dollars are being used to make these upgrades.

Rouzie Rec Gym Floor Project 2020 - 1%:

The gym floor was replaced in August of 2020 using 1% sales tax dollars.  The north side of the building was graded so water will flow away from the building and a water barrier was placed underneath the floor.  It is a poured floor, and is lined for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball.

Maintenance Shop Project 2020 - 1%:

The maintenance shop is located near the ball fields on 5th Street NW.  The shop was finished in the back with concrete, insulation, and a restroom was added to the property. The project will be complete when water is brought to the building so the restroom can be utilized.  One percent sales tax dollars were used for this project.  

Campground Fullhook-up and Septic Replacement Project 2020 - General FUND:

Eight sites were upgraded with water and sewer and the original septic tank was replaced at the Butte View Campground in the spring of 2020.  Campground receipts through the General Fund were used for this project.


We now have pickleball nets and racquets at the Rec Center.  Come and try the fasted growing sport in America.

Locker Room Project - Winter 2019/2020 - 1%:

The original water heater was replaced with on demand water heat for the locker rooms and rest rooms.  The old showers have been removed and replaced with 2 showers in each locker room.  Each shower has privacy panels, the locker room floors were replaced with tile, and the lifeguard room and hallway to the pool were also tiled and carpeted.  This project was completed with 1% sales tax dollars.

Baseball/Softball Master Plan - Spring 2019 - 1%:

The Park and Recreation Board hired JLG Architect to prepare a master plan for the Baseball/Softball Complex.  This project was then placed in the 3-5 year capital plan for improvements to the infields, outfields, seating, add lights to the little league field, add a playground, add on to the walking path, add a shade structure for seating, and improve parking.  The master plan was funded with 1% sales tax dollars.

Weight Room Project - Winter 2018/2019 - General FUND & 1%:

The weight room has the carpet and asbestos tiles removed.  A new black matt floor and modern weight equipment were installed along with a large screen TV to stream workouts.  The room feels bright and there is plenty of room for several people to workout simultaneously.  There are weight machines, free weights, kettle bells, dumb bells, bosu balls, stability balls, bands, TXR, land mine, punching bag, rowing machine, and medicine balls for your workout pleasure.  This project was funded with  General Fund and 1% sales tax dollars.

Sales Tax Passed - June 2018:

A 1% Sales Tax was passed for Bowman Parks and Recreation capital improvements and maintenance.  The tax is a 10 year tax.  The 1% sales tax dollars are to be used to make improvements to existing facilities and possibly new construction.  The board has developed a living 5-year capital plan to guide them in their decisions on where to invest the sales tax dollars.

Funding for Community Use Facilities - One Cent Makes Sense - 2017-2018:

Bowman Parks and Recreation has updated the 5-Year Captial Plan for facility maintenance projects.  The latest plan includes upgrades to the pool valves, pool cover, and the boiler replaced; the weight room remodel includes a change of flooring and equipment; the skate park ramps must be repaired; the water heater and flooring in the Rouzie bath house is in need of replacement; resurfacing the infields, adding lights to two fields and the walking path, and replacing the grandstands at the baseball/softball fields is necessary for safety and future play; the original shower house and septic system at the campground needs to be replaced; the play structures at the parks need to be upgraded for safety; and maintenance equipment is continuously being upgraded.  The estimated total for these capital improvements is nearly $1,000,000. 

With the current Capital mills maxed at less than $24,000 per year for the Bowman Parks and Recreation Board, the board has turned to the City of Bowman Commission, Bowman County Commission, and Tax and Tourism Committee in the past three years to help fund projects totalling over $400,000.  The Board would like to decrease the amount asked of the City of Bowman residents, the City of Bowman Commission, Bowman County Commission, and the Tax and Tourism Committee for funding future projects, and implement a 1% sales tax.  The sales tax would be used to fund the 5-year capital plan and future projects and programs of the Bowman Parks and Recreation Board. 

Bowman Parks and Recreation improves the quality of life for the region by implementing youth and adult programs and by providing facilities and equipment.  Since Bowman is located on two major highways we see alot of traffic through the area and our guests use the city parks for lunch, they stop and use the dog park to exercise their pets, they stay in our campground, they swim in our pool, and they participate in our many programs and activities.  By changing the funding structure to include a broader tax base while decreasing the tax burdon on the City of Bowman resident, the Bowman Parks and Recreation Board believes the 5-year captial plan and future expansion of the Rouzie Recreation Center can be a reality.  We also believe building partnerships with the Bowman County School District, the Bowman County Public Library, the Bowman/Slope Council on Aging, and other local agencies to decrease the tax burdon, and simultaneously improving the quality of life for our residents is a Win-Win for all.

The Board is asking the community for feedback on this.  If you are interested in more information on the 'One Cent Makes Sense' campaign, please contact Chanell Walby, Director of Bowman Parks and Recreation at 701-523-3896.

After School Program Survey Results - 2017:

Bowman Parks and Recreation has been having conversations with the school about the 2015 Needs Survey's number one program need, an after school program.  During September and October, a survey was distributed through the school and Survey Monkey to grades K-6. Of the 94 respondents, 68% are interested in sending their children to an after school program and would be willing to pay $10 per day per child.   A committee will be set up to start planning for an after school program.  Update 2019:  The school has started an after school homework program to help meet the needs of the students.

New Registration and Membership Software - 2017:

MaxGalaxy is the new software that allows our patrons to register and pay for programs, memberships, facility reservations, and campsites online at  We are pleased to bring this convenience to our customers and help to make their life easier.

Ice Rink Moved - 2016:

The ice rink has been moved back to the Rouzie Rec Center facility in the fall of 2016 and is located directly to the south of the gym.  Community members have donated skates and hockey sticks, machinery and time to make skate assists and goals.  A light was also added so skating can be enjoyed in the evening hours during the winter.

Campground Upgrade 2016 - ND Park and Recreation Department Community Grant, Bowman County, City of Bowman, Tax & Tourism, General FUND:  

During the summer and fall of 2016 the Butte View Campground received a grant from the North Dakota Park and Recreation Department to update the facilities.  Bowman County, City of Bowman, and Tax and Tourism Committee also contributed to the project.  The campground received electrical updates to 33 of its 54 sites and added water and sewer to 16 sites.  The County and City also regraded and graveled the roads at the campground.  These improvements will help to bring and keep visitors in Bowman longer by providing modern rv services.

Youth Sports Program Policy:

Adopted by Bowman Parks and Recreation Board - December 9, 2015

Bowman Parks and Recreation adopoted a Youth Sports Program Policy on December 9, 2015.  The purpose of the policy is to help develop skills, keep kids engaged, and to have fun.  Bowman Parks and Recreation wants kids to continue playing in the years ahead and by following a program which places the needs of the child (skills, equal playing time, fun) ahead of adult desires, we can provide the next level with coachable athletes.  Bowman Parks and Recreation endorses the National Alliance for Youth Sports programs and specifically shall use the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) to train coaches and meet program standards.  See the link here

Go to the National Alliance for Youth Sports webpage

The Rouzie Rec Center installed a new electrical main in December 2015.

The Rouzie Rec Center Gym installed new LED lights in the gym in December 2015.

The Rouzie Rec Center had a new roof, soffit, fascia, & gutter on the bath house, gym and stage roofs completed in September 2015.  

Five Year Capital Improvement Plan


The current Property Tax for the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund Mill Levy brings in between $20,000 and $25,000 per year.  We rely on our operating revenues, the City of Bowman, Bowman County, Tax and Tourism, and other outside contributions to complete the 5-year capital plan.

The Capital Plan is a living document and is designed to help the board achieve the goals necessary to continue to improve our facilities, programs, and parks. 

The purpose of this article is to let the public know what plans are in place for Bowman Parks and Recreation. 

Rouzie Recreation Center and Pool

The Rouzie Rec Center bath house was build in 1985 and is need of some updates and replacements.  We have currently replaced the filter system in the pool, added an outdoor slide, updated the cardio room and equipment, painted the hallway, and just replaced the entire roof of the facility.  We will now start working on the interior of the building updating the floors, adding air conditioning, replacing floor tiles, updating the weight room, and looking to expand the Rouzie Rec Center to accommodate more activities. 

Butte View Campground

The Butte View Campground has been owned and operated by Bowman Parks and Recreation since 1997.  This campground was originally a state campground operated by the NDPR.  It currently has a seasonal shower house and 55 electrical hookups.  Six of those are 50 amp, 25 are 30 amp and 24 are 110 outlets.  The plan is to upgrade the electrical to at least 30 amp for all sites and to add water and sewer to at least 33 sites.  This will accommodate more modern campers and RVs and will help increase revenue to our region.  Once this is updated we hope to update the shower facility to accommodate a longer camping season.  Tourism and our local economy have been on the rise and we would like to accommodate our visitors, which helps our local businesses.  The revenues generated by this campground will also subsidize other Parks and Recreation projects.  We are also working with other agencies to start replacing our picnic tables.

James Field and Baseball/Softball Complex

The past two years we have invested in sprinkler systems for the baseball fields and are now in need of re-grading the playing surface for proper drainage, adding top dressing, repairing fencing and dugouts, adding lights, repairing or replacing the concessions building, and replacing seating.

Bowman Parks and Recreation Needs Survey

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bowman ND - The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board recently held a retreat to discuss items relating to facilities and programs.  The outcome of the retreat was to find out the opinion of the citizens of Bowman and surrounding areas.

A needs survey was designed and is being mailed to all households within the city of Bowman.  We have also placed this needs survey on Survey Monkey. If you live within a 50-mile radius of Bowman, you are invited to complete the needs survey by April 12.  This needs survey will only take a few minutes to complete.

If you receive the needs survey by mail, please complete and send to the City of Bowman with your utility payment or drop off at Rouzie Rec Center.  The Survey Monkey link will be emailed to our members and program participants, placed on Facebook, and placed on our website, the blue ‘Quick Links’ box.  Paper surveys will also be available at the Rouzie Rec Center.  Though there are multiple ways of completing the needs survey, please use one method only; paper or Survey Monkey.

“We are looking forward to receiving this information. It is important for us to understand the preferences, interests, and concerns of the community. We want to thank you in advance for helping us shape the future of our community,” stated Chanell Walby, Director.

February 2015 - Board of Directors Retreat:

A retreat was held in February of 2015 to discuss the future of the expansion project for Bowman Parks and Recreation.  The outcome of the retreat focused on finalizing a Mission Statement, discussing our highest priorities for facility improvements, and determining how to gather information for a community needs assessment.  The finalized mission statement is:

Bowman Parks and Recreation serves the wellness and recreational needs of our tri-state area by providing community facilities and progressive programs across the generations.

Winter 2015 - The Filter System for the outdoor pool is currently being replaced.  The locker rooms and hallways of the recreation center are also being improved.  We are very pleased to see an increase in our number of members this winter.  We updated the Cardio room last winter and added four new pieces of workout equipment and they are being used daily by our members.  It is wonderful to see our community members keeping Fit.  If you are over 60 and live in Bowman or Slope Counties you are eligible for a free membership through September 30, 2015.  The Council on Aging of Bowman/Slope Counties has given us a grant to pay for senior memberships.  Thank you Council on Aging and Thank you seniors to using our facility to better your health and wellness.

Thank you to our customers for your cooperation throughout our construction projects!


Coed Dodgeball started the spring of 2017

Camp Adventure started the summer of 2016

Going for the Green 5k Fun Run/Walk started March 2015

Coed Softball started the summer of 2014

Youth Tackle Football started the fall of 2013

Community & Wellness Center Expansion Project History

November 4, 2014 - 1% sales tax vote failed

Fall 2014 - The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board worked with finance, design, and marketing committees to improve the current Rouzie Recreation Center. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact a Park Board Member or the Director of Parks and Recreation. Support our project by liking our Friends of Bowman Parks & Rec FaceBook page!

The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board has been planning to expand the Rouzie Recreation Center since a survey was completed in 2011.  The planning has consisted of design planning and construction cost estimates, operational costs, partnerships with other agencies as tenants in the building, and fundraising efforts.  

Comments and questions heard from the public about the expansion are listed below with answers:

Discussion Point FACT:                 
It is a facility filled with wants and not needs.                   Transit currently has no garage facilties, the vehicles sit outside the entire year. The meals program has been jumping around and this would provide a stable location.  The programs are limited at the Rouzie Rec Center because there is no space to add programs during the needed program times, such as after school.  There is currently no indoor pool that can be used for exercise, swim lessons, and water therapy.
The user fees will be too high to use the facility User fees have been discussed and there will be written agreements with tenants and users of the facility to help decrease expenses from reasonable user fees.  The annual user fee per person will be less than the average Perscription Drug bill for a North Dakota Resident 0-18 years of age and less than 1/3 the cost of the average Perscription Drug cost for a North Dakota Resident 45-54 years of age.
I do not want my property taxes to go up The funding has NOTHING to do with property taxes.  The remaining funds needed to start construction on the Rec Center Expansion would ONLY come from a one cent sales tax.
Let grants and the state pay for it. The wellness portion of the project is not eligible to receive grants, like the Hospital and the Airport.  This project will be funded from private funds, the sales tax, the county, and the city.  The Transit portion will seek grants available.  This project will try to seek the lowest financing available.
I don't attend any functions at the current Rec Center This is much more than a facility to work out or provide youth programs. Many great community events can be held in this facility, bringing in people that will grow our sales and hospitality tax funds to pay for other great projects.  Meals program, meetings, health fairs, social gatherings, birthday parties, swim parties.  This will become a community and wellness center for the surrounding region.   
The Rec Expansion better cash flow Operationally, the Parks and Recreation Board will not support a project that cannot maintain a breakeven cash flow analysis that would require any ongoing support from local govering agencies.  For this reason, the Parks and Recreation Board feels that a one-cent sales tax would be the best option for maintaining the feasibility of this project.  The local tax would be voted on during the next general election.
This will have a negative affect on the hospital The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board will go to great lengths to make sure this expansion does not negatively affect the hospital and its plans.  We hope to be able to secure donations and funding from different sources.  In the end we believe these facilities will complement each other, with our mission to help prevent illness and to help with rehabilitation and maintainenance after an illness or injury.
What will a 1 cent sales tax cost me? Tangible items taxed are retail, restaurant, lodging, and liquor.  So, every person who visits Bowman and purchases items will be paying this tax, not just Bowman residents.
Is the present design final? Concept and designs are subject to change.
Who will run/own the facility? The Bowman Parks and Recreation Board will operate the facility.

What will be included in the facility?


Garage for Southwest Public Transit to include 6 parking spaces, washbay, office area, restroom, storage, and driver's lounge.

Kitchen and dining space for the senior meals program.

Indoor pool with Sauna connected to two party-rooms with outdoor pool access.

Family changing rooms to contain a toilet, sink, shower each with adjacent storage lockers.

Three multipurpose rooms to be used for meals program, parties, conferences, meetings, after school program, community education classes, etc.

One high school regulation size basketall court (two volleyball courts).

Suspended walking track on the second floor overlooking the basketball court.

Cardio and weight areas.

Studio for group exercise.

Lounge area with vending, control desk, games area.




Outdoor Pool with Locker Rooms

Cardio room

Weight room

Future Programs?

Senior Meals Program

Public Transit Partnership

After School Programs

Youth and Adult programs expanded

Aquatic Rehabilitation

Simultaneous programs can be offered between 2 gyms, multipurpose rooms, and upper level activity spaces

Walking year-round

Silver Sneakers Program

Blue Cross Blue Shield ND Incentive Program (Up to $20 per month to member who works out 12 times per month)

Community Education Classes

Educational opportunties for Physical Education Expansion, Athletics, and Leadership Development of our youth and community members

Cardio Room Update 2014 - Capital FUND:

Come and tour the Rouzie Recreation Center.  Four new pieces of equipment and a room renovation have been completed with two new televisions and new paint.