Buckeye, Ariz. (May 21, 2015) – What began as an idea nearly 15 years ago to open access into the southern White Tank Mountains for a regional park has finally reached its summit.
A groundbreaking ceremony for Skyline Regional Park will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Watson Road/McDowell Road intersection north of the I-10/Watson interchange in Buckeye.
Construction on the first phase of the new park is expected to take about six months, with the park planned to open by the end of 2015.
Improvements to be constructed include the extension of the access road to the park entrance, interior park roads, a gatehouse entry station, parking, a programming area, a restroom facility, picnic ramadas and camping sites, as well as a 133-foot bridge that crosses a wash to connect the improvements to existing trails.
The 8,675-acre park’s amazing views from the top of its mountain ridges overlooking the valley floor towards downtown Phoenix and south towards the Gila River are just a few of the varied natural and cultural resources that the public will be able to appreciate and enjoy.
The park will offer West valley residents opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and other passive recreation activities such as wildlife viewing and camping.
New programs will be offered for families to enjoy, including stargazing, fitness hikes and informative programs on the many natural and cultural resources found in the park.
In 2002, the City of Buckeye submitted a Recreation and Public Purpose lease application to the Bureau of Land Management; a lease was signed by both parties in late 2010.
Since then, the City refined concepts from a conducted Environmental Assessment into a master plan and completed the design of Phase I improvements with Kimley-Horn and Associates. Earlier this month, the Buckeye City Council awarded a $4 million construction contract to Skanska USA Civil West for the improvements.
For questions regarding the groundbreaking ceremony or on Skyline Regional Park, please contact Robert Wisener, conservation and project manager, at 623-349-6621 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.