Helena Magazine

My Helena: Dennis Wilson

Published 3:27 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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Dennis Wilson, a Helena resident of more than 20 years, shares his favorite things about his community.


Small Town feel with lots of conveniences:

A great place to raise a family

While not providing every single thing some families may need, Helena has a great small town feeling while still providing many amenities for families and individuals. I visited Helena in the late 90s as a single man and remember thinking what a great place it would be to raise a family. When I married in 2001, I purchased my first home here and am in my third one now.


My Neighborhood:

Where everybody knows your name

Moving from Riverwoods to Appleford in Hillsboro was one of the best decisions I made. The community here really emphasizes the small town feel that I love. We know our neighbors. We have community events that are attended by people from other parts of Helena and our Halloween trick-or-treating is unbelievable!


Parks and Trails:

There is always something to do

Helena offers multiple parks for children and families and the Hillsboro Trail is an awesome perk. It gives residents a place to exercise and enjoy the outdoors while also connecting neighborhoods to the schools. The new Lee Springs Park is an easy favorite.


Outdoor dining and entertainment:

Experiences that are second to none

It’s hard to beat a burger from The Depot or something from Beef O’Brady’s while overlooking Buck Creek on a pretty day. Plus, with the Helena Old Town concert series and Buck Creek Festival, there’s plenty to do for most of the year. And it’s free!


Christmas Parade:

Always bolstering the holiday spirit

I enjoy the Christmas parade every year. I’ve been in Helena for almost 23 years and have missed a few but always love seeing the floats and the kids that participate or stand lining the streets, waiting for candy. I’m still advocating for it to be at night, however!