Monday, December 29, 2008

Sand and gravel lands to create 42-mile recreation corridor

Plans for a 42-mile long West Valley Recreation Corridor [right] along the floodplains of the Agua Fria and New rivers are gaining support but losing resources to get the project in place by a July 2010 deadline. The Arizona Republic and Arizona Rock Products Association report that about 25% of the landowners, most of whom are sand and gravel companies, have committed to the project, but budget concerns in the companies and adjoining cities are raising concerns about whether they can take the next full steps.

Rusty Bowers, government affairs director for ARPA, says the companies can fund a smaller study. The corridor would go through or along the cities of Avondale, El Mirage, Surprise, Glendale, Youngtown, Peoria, and Phoenix.

More details are available at the Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor. [left, overlay of proposed corridor. Credit, FWVRC]

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