BUTTE, Mont. -

This Friday, Butte-Silver Bow leaders will officially open the mining city's newest park.

Crews have been working on sprucing up the Mountain Con Mine Yard for the past three years adding everything from picnic tables to paths.

The Mountain Con site shut down in the late 1970's and sat empty for around 30 years.

Now it's getting ready to welcome people back.

"It?s a collaboration between the environmental protection agency, Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and butte-silver bow to look at that site as something different I think it is a an example of if you work together what can happen," Public Works Director Dan Dennehy said.

The 50-acre site will open Friday as uptown's newest parks and rec area.

Atlantic Richfield Company currently owns the site and is handing it over to Butte-Silver Bow.

Dennehy said it took a group effort to make the area something people can enjoy as well as highlight butte's mining past.

"We can use those mine yards as we're trying to do throughout the city as a beneficial use of our heritage and future of our community and future generations," Dennehy said.

The park has picnic areas, vantage points, and pet friendly walking trails.

The walking trail goes through out Mountain Con Park, connects to the Granite Mountain Memorial and the Original Mine Yard.. It even goes all the way to Montana Tech.

Special Events Coordinator with Butte-Silver Bow Josh Peck is looking forward to using the park for festivals and events.

"It really is just another way of bringing our cultural treasures to a whole new level and showcasing what we have in Butte with our history and bringing in our events and things that are our future," Peck said.

A ceremony will be held Friday at 1 p.m. up at the Mountain Con Park to celebrate its opening and the city-county's new ownership.