Agencies to host open house June 9 for Goldmine Trailhead improvements

An open house to discuss improvements to the Goldmine Trailhead at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek, has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the park's nature center. (File photo)

An open house to discuss improvements to the Goldmine Trailhead at San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek, has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the park’s nature center. (File photo)

 

The Pinal County Open Space and Trails Department, in partnership with Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department and the town of Queen Creek, invite the community to an open house at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, in the San Tan Mountain Regional Park nature center, 6533 W. Phillips Road.

At the open house, attendees will receive information about planning efforts for the Goldmine Trailhead parking area improvements and are encouraged to provide input. Goldmine Trailhead is the park’s northern access point near Skyline and Wagon Wheel roads, according to a press release.
“We have queried a number of the local stakeholders including volunteers, homeowners adjacent to the property, organized groups and surveyed park visitors during the initial planning process to develop outcome that are anticipated to accommodate the needs of the park visitors and surrounding community,” said Pinal County Supervisor Cheryl Chase.  “I am pleased to see the progress that a potential solution is making among all stakeholders.”
Members from the multi-agency planning team will be on hand to discuss findings from the online survey, proposed plans for the area, project phases and funding options. In addition, boards will be available depicting the project area in 2015, short-term solutions that have been implemented to curb the parking problems and the long-range plan for the trailhead parking area.
“While we have been able to move vehicles off the roadway and into the redesigned parking lot, we understand that this is a popular trailhead and that visitation to the area will continue to grow as the area surrounding the park develops, and the long-range plan takes this into consideration. The park is a wonderful amenity to have right next door; we look forward to the continued partnership with Pinal and Maricopa counties,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said in the release.
“We are very excited about this partnership effort to improve this regional asset for all of the residents who enjoy San Tan Mountain Regional Park and look forward to getting additional feedback at the open house,” Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney said in the release.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park is at 6533 W. Phillips Road in Queen Creek. To learn more about the park, visit its website.

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