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5/16/2013 9:56:00 PM
Grant would boost Prescott's efforts in Greenways development

PRESCOTT - With an eye toward connecting various parts of the community, the City of Prescott took a step this week in expanding its Greenways Trails system.

The Prescott City Council agreed on Tuesday to apply for a $10,000 grant that would go toward development of a half-mile Greenways section in the Miller Valley area.

The trail, which would be the third phase of the city's Greenways, would start from the Lincoln Avenue pedestrian crossing (near Grove Avenue), and would run along Miller Creek roughly parallel with Miller Valley Road, ultimately connecting with the city's network of trails at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.

City Trails Specialist Chris Hosking said the new section of trail would be a vital link between Prescott's downtown and other neighborhoods.

"I think it would be a great asset to the Greenways system," Hosking said of the Miller Creek section. "It would be good for kids, and it would be a good connection for walking from the downtown to rodeo events."

Hosking added that the new Greenways section also would get trail users close to the Centennial Trail, whose southeast trailhead would be just a short walk up Gail Gardner Way and Westridge Drive from the rodeo grounds.

Parks and Recreation Director Joe Baynes told the City Council that the city is beginning a new round of easement negotiations with seven property owners along the Miller Creek section of Greenways.

On Thursday, Baynes explained that the easement negotiations would have to be successful before the trail construction could begin.

If the city is also successful in getting the grant from the Boulder, Colo.-based Bikes Belong Foundation, Baynes said the $10,000 in grant money would go to help with construction of retaining walls along the trail.

An estimated $29,340 in donated labor would go toward the local match for the project.

Partners for the project include: the city, CareScape, Prescott Alternative Transportation, the Open Space Alliance of Central Yavapai County, the Yavapai Trails Association, the Central Arizona Land Trust, and the Yavapai County Community Health Services.

While noting that the Bikes Belong grant process is fairly competitive, Baynes said the number of non-profit partners should give the Greenways project a boost in the competition.

Council members voiced support for the prospect of having private participation. "It's nice to see some of the private sector step up," Councilman Jim Lamerson said of the Bikes Belong grant. "It's not a government grant."

The city's Greenways Trails, which kicked off in about 2000, use various creek corridors to provide off-street bicycle/pedestrian transportation between neighborhoods, schools, parks, and businesses.

Existing Greenways already run along Granite Creek - between Granite Creek Park and the Prescott Mile High Middle School grounds.

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