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Public input sought from all users at Vulture Mountains Recreation Area Development Meeting

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on design and development for two parcels of land located in the Vulture Mountains Recreation Area. The leased parcels, totaling 1,046 acres, are located on the southern and norther portions of the land, and fall under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act.

The R&PP Act allows for state and local governments and non-profit organizations to apply for the leasing of public lands for the construction and maintenance of facilities such as schools, fire stations, and parks.

“Maricopa County has been working closely with the Bureau of Land Management and community to come up with a plan that opens another beautiful area to outdoor enthusiasts,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4.

An open house style public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wickenburg Community Center located at 160 N. Valentine Street in Wickenburg.

During the open house-style meeting, staff from Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department, Department of Transportation, and EPS, the firm contracted to complete the final design and engineering for the project, will be available to answer questions as guests review maps of the proposed facilities. A presentation highlighting the proposed designs and development will begin promptly at 6:15 pm.

The plans contain the development of a wide variety of recreational facilities, within R&PP guidelines, such as:

  • day-use area with trailheads;
  • super playground;
  • nature center and amphitheater;
  • overnight camp ground;
  • OHV campground, staging areas; and
  • amenities associated with both day and overnight use.

The Bureau of Land Management will analyze the plan in accordance with the agency’s approved land use plan, Wickenburg Travel Management Plan, and BLM’s mission to manage, protect, and improve lands in a manner to serve the needs of the American people.

Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to Lauren Bromley, Parks and Open Space Planner for Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, at LaurenBromley@mail.maricopa.gov. The department will be accepting public comments from December 7, 2017 until 5 p.m. on January 6, 2018. All comments and questions regarding the design of the R&PP areas are being collected electronically via SurveyMonkey.

Additional information on the Vulture Mountains Recreation Area and the upcoming public meeting may be found on the website at www.maricopacountyparks.net/.

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Vulture Mountains Recreation Area Presentation

 


Public Meeting – Vulture Mountain OHV area development meeting

PHOENIX – Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department (MCPRD) invites the public’s comments on the design and development of the OHV area on the south portion of a proposed Recreation & Public Purposes Act (R&PP) lease of a 1,046-acre parcel in the Vulture Mountains area.

A public open house-style meeting will be held October 5, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Deer Valley Community Center located at 2001 W. Wahalla Lane., in Phoenix.

During this open house-style meeting, staff from the MCPRD, EPS Group, and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will be available, along with maps of the proposed facilities for review and discussion. MCPRD will “kick-off” the open house with a presentation at 6:15 p.m.

Under the proposal, MCPRD would develop a variety of recreational facilities on the south area of the R&PP including an OHV camp ground, staging area, OHV trail heads, restrooms, picnic ramadas, kids OHV training area, and other OHV related amenities. The R&PP Act allows for State, local governments and nonprofit organizations to apply for the leasing of public lands for the construction and maintenance of facilities such as schools, fire stations, and for parks.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will analyze this plan and its considerations in accordance with the agency’s approved land use plan, Wickenburg Travel Management Plan, and BLM’s multiple-use mission which supports conservation while managing working landscapes and connects the American people to their natural and cultural heritage through experiences on their public lands.

Any questions regarding this upcoming open house meeting may be directed to Ms. Lauren Bromley the Parks and Open Space Planner for Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department at LaurenBromley@mail.maricopa.gov.

Documents: Concept OHV Area Design

 
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