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Parks and Recreation

Commission Meeting


April 10, 2006

Thunderbird Conservation Park

Update

Action Plan Update


Completed meetings with various school representatives.



City staff met with Arrowhead Lakes HOA and Arrowhead


Amenities representatives, residents and Arizona Game and


Fish representative at the sedimentation area on April 1, 2006.



Completed study of sediment in the lake.




Met on
-
site with ACE trail maintenance representative to


review trail system.

Approach to Conceptual Changes


Considered studies and surveys conducted prior to
September 2005.


Utilized additional public input and park information
collected from September 2005 to date.


Tonight’s discussion includes proposed conceptual
changes utilizing existing park conditions as the
benchmark.


Ask for Commission’s direction to proceed with changes
to the preliminary master plan.

General Proposed Improvements to
Thunderbird Conservation Park


Provide consistent maintenance and design standards to all park trails, trailheads, trail
nodes,signage, trash cans, ramadas, picnic tables, drinking fountains, equestrian hitching
posts and troughs, restrooms, parking, lighting.



Determine surfacing and marking standards for parking lots and roads (paved and
unpaved).



If not identified already, mark park property boundary along entire perimeter.



Provide mileage indicators for all trails.



Identify standards and procedures for park special uses and requests.



Develop community education outreach program regarding park wildlife, vegetation,
geology, and other natural areas in the park.


Proposed Conceptual Changes to the Master

Plan


55
th

and Pinnacle Peak Area



Main park entrance located at 55
th

and Pinnacle Peak traffic light


Provide for secondary entrance east of the parking lot to allow for loop access for emergency vehicles


Keep existing parking lot ( 68 parking spaces) and extend parking to west and east adjacent to
Pinnacle Peak Road


number of spaces to be determined


Provide for 2 linear parking spaces for buses


Upgrade and extend existing accessible trail and include interpretive signage along the trail


Add shaded seating benches along accessible/interpretive trail


Upgrade existing trailhead at west end of parking lot, add restroom and drinking fountain


Add up to 5 single
-
use ramadas on south side of parking lot


Provide for outdoor shaded interpretive area that accommodates 60
-
100 persons


2 location options








Proposed Conceptual Changes to the Master

Plan


55
th

and Pinnacle Peak Area (Continued)



Keep and upgrade 2 existing single
-
use ramadas located west of traffic light along H
-
1 trail


Restore native vegetation in areas affected by fire


Provide for 2 natural water guzzlers at the southeast wildlife habitat area


Options:


Future parking spaces and one
-
single use ramada


Consider option for maintenance storage area on east end of property


Consider extending a current undesignated trail that leads to viewpoint located on east side of the
park and overlooks valley east of the park


Seating benches and signage at top of H
-
2 Trail to identify mountains and foothill areas


Proposed Conceptual Changes to the Master

Plan


Sedimentation Basin Area



Improve existing H
-
1 Trail that leads from 51
st

Avenue to 55
th

and Pinnacle
Peak Avenue to meet state and federal trail standards



Provide for interpretive signage along the trail located north of the
sedimentation lake



Address vegetation restoration in the sedimentation lake area


Proposed Conceptual Changes to the Master

Plan


59
th

Avenue & Amphitheater Area



Keep the following parking lots A, B, C, D, E, H, J, Viewing Blinds


Total parking spaces: 145



Remove following parking lots: F, G


Total loss of parking spaces: (38)



Provide for 2 linear parking spaces for buses at parking lot E




Add trailhead and information kiosk to south end of Parking Lot B



Expand Parking Lot B and add parking for Ranger/Information facility



Add Ranger/Information facility that includes restroom & drinking fountain (propose 2
different location options)







Proposed Conceptual Changes to the Master

Plan


59
th

Avenue & Amphitheater Area



Remove restrooms (3) and ramadas (7) out of the wash



Add 1 large group ramada, restroom with drinking fountain and 2 single
-
use
ramadas at base of amphitheatre area



Add 1 single
-
use ramada near existing ramada #1



Renovate existing amphitheater for interpretive learning & other park activities



Proposed Conceptual Changes to the Master

Plan


67
th

Avenue Park Entrance Area



Identify undesignated trail located along the north border fence line as
a designated trail


Move the gate located on the west end of road located between 67
th

Avenue parking lot (K) and Parking Lot J to east road entrance to
Parking Lot J


Keep Parking Lot K: 20 parking spaces


Provide for equestrian corral to south of Parking Lot K: Upgrade
existing trail head at Parking Lot K: Information kiosk; add restroom
& drinking fountain


Provide a trail node at the entrance to the H
-
1 Trail




Proposed Conceptual Changes to the Master

Plan


67
th

Avenue Park Entrance Area



Keep Parking Lot J as paved and lined parking area: 39 parking spaces


Improve roadway to allow for 2
-
way traffic and install sewer line that leads to
restroom at Parking lot J


Add up to 3 single
-
use ramadas at Parking Lot J area; 2 currently exist at this
location


Provide new trailhead and information kiosk at Parking Lot J


Upgrade or replace existing restroom at Parking Lot J, provide for drinking
fountain


Repair or replace restroom located at H Parking Lot and keep/upgrade 3 ramadas


Provide for vegetation screening on perimeter of water tank area



Timeline for Public Meetings to Review
Changes to the Master Plan

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 6:30 p.m.


8:30 p.m.

Deer Valley High School Cafeteria


Saturday, April 29, 2006 9 a.m.


11a.m.

Deer Valley High School Cafeteria