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  • Review plan to reroute Tucson Mountain Park trails on June 17

    Jun 05, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation invites the public to a meeting on Tuesday, June 17, to review its plan to reroute Tucson Mountain Park trails.

    Tucson Mountain Park trailsThe work would be done by volunteers over approximately four years.

    The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Correctional Officers Training Academy (COTA) at 5601 W. Trails End Road, west of Camino de Oeste, between West Ironwood Hills Drive and West Speedway Boulevard.

    The trails reroute project will take several old dirt roads and social trails that are poorly situated in the Starr Pass area in the southeastern portion of Tucson Mountain Park, and replace them with four single-track trails that are fully sustainable, protecting resources while providing users with a more enjoyable experience. The new trails will be excellent for walkers, hikers, equestrians, wheelchair users, runners and mountain bikers.

    “The existing trails run with the fall line in several cases, and that’s counter to a high-quality, sustainable trail,” said Steve Anderson, Planning Division Manager at Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. “We’re aiming to fix that problem now.”

    The trails that will be built also have superb views of this part of the park.

    A map of Tucson Mountain Park with the reroute trails concept will be displayed at the meeting and comments will be welcome.

    If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can look at the Tucson Mountain Park Rerouted Trails map on the Tucson Mountain Park website and send your comments to Steve Anderson, Planning Division Manager, 3500 W. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741.

    Directions: To get to the Correctional Officers Training Center (COTA), drive west on Speedway past the intersection with Anklam Road. Continue west to Camino de Oeste and turn right (north). Take Camino de Oeste to Trails End Road and turn left (west). Follow the signs approximately one mile to COTA. COTA is located on the left side (south) of the road.

    For more information about Pima County parks and trails, please visit the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation website.