Open Space and Trails in Dewey-Humboldt
The Dewey-Humboldt Open Space and Trails Committee meets at 4:30 this afternoon to discuss a new trail dedication and work day. The Town of Dewey-Humboldt and the Prescott National Forest will be celebrating the completion of the Green Gulch Trailhead on Saturday, September 10th. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8 that morning at the trailhead located 3 miles from Highway 69. Work on the trailhead is scheduled to run until 11:30 and after lunch, an opening ceremony for the trailhead will be held at 1. Anyone who is interested in participating needs to wear pants and long sleeve shirts, boots and eye protection. The Forest Service will provide gloves, tools and hard hats. This afternoon’s Open Space Commission meeting, which will include an update on the trail, will be held in Town Council chambers on Highway 69.
Prescribed burns on the docket
Prescott National Forest officials will be taking advantage of the weather conditions by doing some prescribed burning. Thirty acres of piles off Walker Road near the Ranch of Prescott subdivision are scheduled to be treated today and tomorrow. Area residents and visitors can expect to see and smell smoke during burning operations. Signs will be posted in the area and drivers are asked to use caution for the safety of firefighters and the public on Walker Road. The piles are made up of debris left over from previous thinning projects. All prescribed burn activity is dependent on the weather, the availability of personnel and equipment and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
New concrete footings put into place
Hummingbird Way in Prescott’s subdivision is closed to through traffic while concrete footing is put in place. Now that excavation work is complete, crews are installing footing for the new culvert at the Hummingbird Way drainage crossing. After the footing is set in place by crane, the new culvert is scheduled to be installed next week. Crews are also grading and pouring concrete for the new footing throughout this week. It’s expected that Hummingbird Way will be open to traffic by the week of September 19th. Work hours for the grading and pouring are 7 am to 6 am today through Saturday. The nearby Sunrise Boulevard is open to traffic following completion of asphalt paving operations at the drainage crossing. Only minor construction activities on this project remain.
A playground refresh
Prescott Valley is expected to have new playground equipment in an existing park as well as a new park by this Fall. The Scottsdale based Triple M Construction has been awarded an 18 thousand dollar contract for installation of new playground equipment at Fence Line Park. Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty explains officials had anticipated a replacement of the current play structure in the park located in the Stoneridge subdivision. Witty says there was a good response to this project. Witty explains a 2 month construction schedule will be put in place. This project is getting started just as work is underway on Bob Edwards Park on Long Look Drive. Witty says the wet weather has presented some construction challenges. A groundbreaking was held earlier this month and completion is scheduled for November First.