The Yellowstone Center Groundbreaking

Yellowstone Center to Celebrate Groundbreaking

Admin, YTI

May 27, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont., May 27, 2016 – The Yellowstone Center for Faith, Adventure, and the Arts is excited to announce groundbreaking for a new cultural, recreational, and educational center for the Gallatin Valley community. The community is invited to a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at The Yellowstone Center property at the corner of 19th and Graf in Bozeman. Parking will be available on Graf Street west of 19th.

The ceremony will include remarks by both Dr. Jay Smith, President of The Yellowstone Center, and Mrs. Karen Gilhousen, benefactor and board member, followed by a brief Q & A session.

Klein and Karen Gilhousen, and the Gilhousen Family Foundation, have dedicated gifts and pledges totaling $14.75 million to Yellowstone Theological Institute and The Yellowstone Center Project.

During the ceremony, Dr. Smith will address the importance of The Yellowstone Center for Bozeman, as well as the Center’s foundation on a generous, engaging, and welcoming Christian faith.

“The joy of faith is the joy found in serving our community, recreating with our friends, performing with the symphony, and cultivating the earth, just as much as it is found in a house of worship,” says Dr. Smith. “Additionally, the Center plans to host an ongoing dialogue between religious faiths, the sciences, and the arts in its efforts to promote peace in our community and peace in our world.”

The initial phase of development at the 80-acre property will include recreational amenities, a café, fine arts studios, a chapel, and landscaping, as well as offices and classrooms for Yellowstone Theological Institute.

Future phases will see the addition of a retreat center, a 1,000-seat performing arts auditorium, and a wide range of smaller facilities catering to the fine arts, performing arts, sports, recreation, star-gazing, and spiritual reflection.

Much of the property—to be known as “Aspen Park”—will be open space with gardens, orchards, lawns, ponds, and trails. Year-round recreational amenities will include facilities for soccer, tennis, basketball, Frisbee golf, fly-casting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating.

The Yellowstone Center’s café will feature many ingredients grown in gardens right on the Center’s property, providing a wholesome and local dining experience. The gardens themselves will be a resource for the community, providing fresh vegetables and fruits throughout the year.

Yellowstone Theological Institute will be the educational organization in residence at The Yellowstone Center. Empowered by the love of God and love for neighbor, YTI students will not only receive academic training, but also seek to serve their neighbors through the facilities of the Center.

Construction will begin with infrastructure projects, including extending Graf Street from South 19th to South 3rd Avenue, upgrade to traffic signals, and sewer and water main extensions to serve the area. Work on buildings and other facilities will begin later this year.

To learn more about The Yellowstone Center for Faith, Adventure, and the Arts, visit


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