Original sources: Your West Valley and The Arizona Republic
The North Valley will see new trail development in two popular areas: Lake Pleasant and the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek. Maricopa County is completing its plan for the lake, and the two towns approved funding to meet their share of a grant match to prepare a bike route plan for their area.
The Maricopa County’s Parks and Recreation Department next month will share the final draft of the Lake Pleasant Regional Parks “Trails Master Plan.”
Currently, the park has two trails, Pipeline Canyon and Roadrunner. Combined, these trails are 2.8 miles in length. However, the department is proposing the construction of 17 new trails, which will give the park 25.15 miles of multi-use trails.
Over the years, the focus for the park has been water-based activities, said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department director.
With Maricopa County’s population increasing by more than 24 percent over the past 10 years, the department agreed it was important to expand services at the park, Cardin said.
“By developing the trail system in the park, we’re providing residents with a venue to not only boat and fish but also hike, mountain bike, horseback ride and connect with nature with the lake as a scenic backdrop,” Cardin said.
The proposed project contains a mixture of new and connector trails which will also link the park to the Maricopa Trail.
Cave Creek and Carefree
With approval of its town council, Carefree earmarked $10K—with a like amount from Cave Creek, to fund their matches to a $320K Maricopa Association of Governments/Arizona Department of Transportation grant. The partnership will result in creation of a bike path plan for improving cycling routes and safety in the North Valley.