234 N. Central Ave., Ste. 6400
Phoenix, AZ 85004
RECREATION ENTHUSIASTS HAVE A NEW “AVENUE” TO ENJOY IN THE WEST VALLEY
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recently completed construction of three-miles of new trails along the Maricopa Trail. This segment of trails connects the southeast corner of White Tank Mountain Regional Park to the Jackrabbit Trail Park and Ride in Buckeye. Combined with previously built, but disconnected portions of the trail, this opening creates an eight-mile portion of the Maricopa Trail for hikers, equestrians and mountain bike enthusiasts.
“Most of the work was completed by a County contractor. However, this March, the Arizona Professional Land Surveyors celebrated National Surveyor’s Week by assigning volunteers to lay out the trail for the contractor. Three private land surveying firms, Wilson & Company, Hoskin Ryan Consultants, and Bowman Consulting, all sent surveyors and volunteers to help with this effort,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek, District 3.
In addition to the surveying work, Case New Holland supplied equipment and personnel to complete extensive earthwork, and culvert placement that was required before the departments’ contractor could build the trail.
“This is exciting news,” commented Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4. “I’m a big supporter of the Maricopa Trail, and it’s great to see the excellent progress that is being made on it, especially through partnerships and volunteer efforts.”
The Maricopa Trail was authorized by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in 2004, and is approximately 60 percent complete. When completed, the Maricopa Trail will be approximately 240-miles in length winding around the Valley connecting all of Maricopa County’s regional parks together.
The new trail segment may be accessed from White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Maps for completed segments of the regional trail system can be found at http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/MaricopaTrail/. Individuals and agencies interested in donating their time and expertise to the trail system are asked to contact the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at (602) 506-2930, or visit www.maricopa.gov/parks.
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