City nears construction phase for new park

The three-acre Canyon Shadows Neighborhood Park design process is nearing completion and construction is expected during the winter months.

The city must now find a contractor to build the new park.

The city plans to dedicate the new park in the summer of 2002 according to Rob Owen, planner and park developer for the Kingman Community Development Department.

The budget includes $267,000 for the construction of Canyon Shadows Neighborhood Park.

The design company, The Campbell Collaborative in Phoenix, has kept the proposed plans within the budget.

The park extends from Crestwood Drive at Redhill Drive to Harvard Street.

It fits between the Canyon Shadows and Knoll subdivisions.

The park is long and narrow with a width of 165 feet and a length of 769 feet.

It is west of Stockton Hill Road on Gordon Drive to Crestwood Drive.

The park will include a small parking area, two shade ramadas, a half basketball court, playground equipment, a small skating area, a horse-shoe pit, concrete walking paths, a drinking fountain, benches, picnic tables, landscaping and irrigation, Owen said.

The park design includes both turf and seeded grass under irrigation.

Trees planned include 26 trees of 24-inch box size and 66 trees in the 15-gallon container size.

Grills, picnic tables and bicycle racks will encourage neighborhood use of the park, Owen said.

The park will have electricity and lighting.

The Canyon Shadows site is part of the city park plan to develop smaller parks in neighborhood areas within easy access to area residents.

Davis Park off Hualapai Road is another recent example.

The Walleck Ranch Park on Willow Street is the other neighborhood park planned in the current city budget.

Owen announced last week that a State Heritage Fund grant has been approved for the $508,000 park on the Mohave Wash.

The city's plan for open spaces, trails and parks includes a goal to locate more neighborhood parks in residential areas throughout Kingman.

Owen said Kingman has developed major parks, including Centennial Park at Harrison Street and the South Side complex downtown with baseball diamonds and the Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course.

The Mohave Wash park and trail system from Beverly Avenue to Thompson Street in the county is in the planning stages and will provide a park link through the Hilltop area of the city.

Last year the city built a skateboard park on Fairgrounds Boulevard and a dog park next to Lewis Kingman Park on Andy Devine Avenue at Louise Avenue.