Nov 032015


By Nolan Madden

The City of Holbrook is adding another feature to its recreational roster, one that should satisfy cravings for solitude, escape, photography opportunities, exercise or a memorable day with loved ones.

Assistant City Manager Randy Sullivan provided background on the project to the city council last week.

“Several years ago, the city council approved a grant through the Arizona State Trails Program to fund trails, benches, trash receptacles and related items at the Petroglyph Park. We’ve been working with the National Park Service to get an environmental impact analysis done, which has been completed. So we’re moving on to the next stage to build some trails out there,” Sullivan explained.

The council on Oct. 27 unanimously awarded a $21,760 contract for construction of sustainable recreation trails, retaining walls, waterbars and switchback details to be designed by American Conservation Experience (ACE) of Flagstaff for installation at Hidden Cove Park. With the contract, ACE received formal approval to begin construction, which is estimated to be completed within 16 working days.

According to the approved agreement, the project will install approximately 8,500 feet of trails through Hidden Cove Park, and will include water features and all necessary stone structures suitable for non-motorized use, fully compliant with U.S. Forest Service Class II-III Trail Standards for sustainability.

“We worked with the Petrified Forest, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Arizona Department of Agriculture. We’ve been working with a lot of groups to make this happen,” Sullivan related.

He noted that the bike and walking trail will cut a path through the park’s northern-most petroglyphs, with multiple directional loops at its top and returning toward the pond. The secured trail will be designed to eventually connect through the town of Holbrook in future phases.

“The whole grant project is about $105,000. Ninety thousand of it is paid through the grant; the remaining $15,000 of it is paid by the city as an in-kind donation of man hours, so we’ll provide resources in mapping out the trails, grant work, and items such as trash receptacles and benches,” Sullivan said.

The council is reviewing the trail’s preliminary layout and will provide feedback as the project progresses.