November 10, 2011
Wildlife provided with new water source
(Maricopa County) After two years of planning and construction, the long-awaited nature pond at White Tank Mountain Regional Park opens to the public for interpretive programming on Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m.
“White Tank Mountain Regional Park is the largest park in the County’s regional park system. Each year over 250,000 people visit the park to recreate and view the abundance of wildlife found in the park,” stated Maricopa County Supervisor Max Wilson, District 4.
“I’m very excited about the addition of the nature pond to the park,” said R.J. Cardin Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Director. “With few natural water sources in the area for the wildlife that reside in the park, this will serve as a reliable water source, enhance the chance of an avian refuge and increase wildlife viewing opportunities for park visitors.”
The nature pond includes a functioning windmill which was built on the site of the original 92-year-old well, interpretive signage and benches for wildlife viewing.
The public is invited to attend a dedication for the site on November 19. Visitors will meet in the Horse Staging Area off of Wildlife Way at 11 a.m. and walk over to the site with the park ranger for the dedication and, if possible, the release of native fish into the pond.
Funding for the project was made possible through a grant Heritage Grant with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Cooperative Agreement with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
For additional information on the event, visit White Tank Mountain Regional Parks events calendar at www.maricopa.gov/parks.