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McGruff-Manning Memorial Park

This park was first known as Parrot Flat Park, for the nearby neighborhood of the same name. Its major draw was a baseball diamond with an open field. In 1986, the Machinists Local 88 and Boilermakers Local 130 worked together to transform the park with playground equipment, a track, and grass.

It was renamed from Parrot Park to McGruff Park on August 7, 1990, in honor of the Crimestoppers mascot, “A dog that urges citizens to take a bite out of crime” (Montana Standard, August 6, 1990). At this point it became home to the country-wide event titled “National Night Out” to heighten awareness and prevent crimes in towns across America. On August 1, 2006, the park was renamed McGruff-Manning Memorial Park in memory of Jim Manning, who was dedicated to the BSB Crimestoppers Organization.

The summer of 2006 saw the addition of a highly anticipated skate park.


Parrot Park being renamed McGruff Park. Source: Montana Standard, August 6, 1990.
Opening of the skate park at McGruff Park Source: Montana Standard, June 27, 2006 Creator: Lisa Kunkel



Lindsay Mulcahy, “McGruff-Manning Memorial Park,” Story of Butte, accessed December 3, 2023,