Extended trail means more room to walk, bike, ride in Queen Creek

Queen Creek residents walked, biked and rode horses during a ribbon-cutting to celebrate an extension to the Queen Creek Wash trail. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

Queen Creek residents walked, biked and rode horses during a ribbon-cutting to celebrate an extension to the Queen Creek Wash trail. (Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

 

Queen Creek’s trail system has expanded with the 2-mile extension of the Queen Creek Wash trail.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the town of Queen Creek held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Desert Mountain Park for the extension that now connects the Queen Creek Wash Trail to the Crismon Road Alignment, according to a press release.

“Recreation opportunities play an important role in quality of life. An extensive trail system allows residents to enjoy the outdoors and stay active which results in a healthier community,” said Queen Creek Vice Mayor Julia Wheatley said in the release. “The trail connects over 20 areas of town and is a significant accomplishment towards creating a comprehensive trail system within Queen Creek.”

The multi-use trail is designed to accommodate pedestrians and equestrians with the appropriate separation. There is a 10-foot wide paved asphalt path along the top of the wash bank and a natural sand trail along the bottom.

The Queen Creek Wash trail is 4.7 miles, and provides connectivity to the town of Gilbert and Pinal County resulting in approximately 11 miles.

The project was a joint partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation. The $1.2 million project was funded primarily with grants: the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant covered $525,000 and the Transportation Enhancement Activities grant covered just under $487,000. The town contributed $140,000, of which $110,000 was provided by the developer of the Hastings Farms subdivision.

(Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

(Courtesy of town of Queen Creek)

 

In the 2015 Corporate Strategic Plan, one of the goals identified by the town council is to continue advancements in parks, trails and open space design by encouraging frequent use by members of the community. The trail expansion supports that goal and will help provide a secure future for residents of Queen Creek. The trail enhances safety for residents engaging in recreation activities and using alternative modes of transportation.

For more information about the town, visit the town’s website.

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