Estrella Mountain Regional Park to present draft Master Plan Update alternatives
The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will present the draft Estrella Mountain Regional Park Master Plan Update to community members and park stakeholders on Saturday, January 30, 2016 in the park’s nature center.
“The department began meeting with local stakeholder, historical and environmental groups, park visitors, and youth groups last spring to gather input,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5. “In addition, they’ve made sure to include the surrounding towns and cities, land management agencies, park concessionaires and other partners to ensure that they were aware of the planning process.”
“The updated Master Plan will serve as a long-range vision guide and policy document for current and future park staff, partnering agencies, elected officials, and interested members of the public. At the meeting on January 30th, we will be presenting the draft alternatives for the plan and collecting feedback from the community on these alternatives,” stated R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department Director.
The department will offer a presentation style program at 10:30 a.m. in the park’s nature center. The public comment period for the second phase of the Master Plan Update will remain open for 30-days concluding at the close of business on March 1, 2016.
In the spring of 2014, MCPRD staff began the process to update the park's 1988 Master Plan. The ultimate purpose of developing a park master plan is to outline the long-range vision for the park as well as to guide development priorities that will provide for both the public's enjoyment and the protection of the park's resources.
Through the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Areas Program, the National Park Service is assisting MCPRD with this master plan update. The update process will include conducting research, meeting with stakeholders, and consulting the public through public open house meetings. This process will take about 18-months and updates will be posted here. For questions or comments, please contact the MCPRD Park Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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