Proposed Trails Plan for Park to be Outlined at Public Open House Wednesday, Oct. 7

Proposed Trails Plan for Park to be Outlined at Public Open House Wednesday, Oct. 7

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Buckeye, Ariz. (Sept. 28, 2015) – The plan for the trail system developed for Buckeye’s new Skyline Regional Park will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Council Chambers at Buckeye City Hall, 530 E. Monroe Ave.

Robert Wisener, Buckeye’s conservation and project manager, said Buckeye staff and the planning team, led by Okanogan Trail Construction which is building the trails, will present the trail plan, proposed alignments and the phased development of the system.  Those trails identified as high priority will be constructed prior to the park opening in January 2016.

Skyline Regional Park is an 8,675-acre mountain preserve in the southern White Tank Mountains.  Wisener said that the starting point for most of the trails will be at a trailhead currently under construction off Watson Road at the southern end of the park, about two miles north of Interstate 10.

The trails in Skyline Regional Park will be used by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians and are for non-motorized uses only.  The plan will identify a system of looped trails of varying difficulty ratings and durations and will include summit and ridgeline trails that will offer spectacular views of the surrounding valley floor.

The trailhead will feature parking, picnic areas, camping sites and restroom facilities, as well as a long bridge over a wash that will link the trailhead to the trails.

The trail plan was influenced and developed based on information gathered through review of existing park planning documents, on-site investigations, and comments received during focus group meetings held in August with users, partners, neighbors and other agencies.

Wisener urged anyone interested in the continued development of the trail system in Skyline Regional Park to attend the public meeting to learn more about current plans and projected phased development of the park, its trails and amenities.

For more information, contact Wisener at 623-349-6621 or by email at rwisener@buckeyeaz.gov.

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