White Tank Mountain Regional Park to Present Proposed Park Master Plan
(Maricopa County) Six months ago, Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department began working on an update for White Tank Mountain Regional Parks Master Plan. “The original plan was completed in 1964. While the individuals who put the plan together did a remarkable job developing the footprint for the park, the West Valley has changed and we want to reflect that with this update,” said Maricopa County District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman.
The goal of the Park Master Plan was to develop a long-range vision for the park that takes into account park visitors needs while also protecting the resources and natural open space found within the park.
On Saturday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m., the department will host a second public meeting in the park’s nature center to unveil findings and the proposed updated Park Master Plan. “I believe those who attend the public meeting will be very pleased with what they see,” said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.
During the initial public meeting, staff and community members worked together to identify a catalog of recommended park improvements for new facilities, maintenance and rehabilitation for existing facilities, interpretive programs, resource protection and administrative actions. Each project was also assigned a priority level.
“We realize that the infrastructure in the park is outdated and are committed to tackling high priority projects identified in the proposed Park Master Plan first, when possible. For example, one project on the high priority list was upgraded RV campsites in the Group Campground. This year, we were able to allocate funds towards the renovation of the campground and are working to install electrical and water hook-ups at each site. In addition, we are in the process of drawing up plans to have a dump station added at the park. Inclusion of these services will help to enhance the visitors experience at the park.” Cardin added.
Once the public has had the opportunity to review the proposed Park Master Plan, it will be forwarded to the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Commission for review. If approved, the plan will then be forwarded onto the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for final review and adoption.
“I look forward to reviewing the proposed Park Master Plan and seeing what the department has planned for White Tank Mountain Regional Park. We’ve had discussions about additional access points and facilities on the west side of the park to accommodate future residents and park visitors. I strongly believe we can make this happen while still protecting the parks natural resources,” added Hickman.
To learn more about the public meeting being held at September 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park Nature Center or the project, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank/ and click on the park project tab.
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