Walleck Ranch Park opens

Area residents are using Walleck Ranch Neighborhood Park, which is complete except for grass seeding, Kingman city planner Rob Owen said.

The new park has playground equipment, a basketball court, benches, horseshoe pits, swings, grills, shade ramadas and restrooms.

"The contractor needs some warm weather to get the grass growing," Owen said.

"We will have a ribbon-cutting after that."

The park is on a three-acre triangle between Mohave Wash and Willow Road south of Gordon Drive.

Legacy Drive intersects with Willow Road near the south end of the park.

The land was donated by developer Bill Nugent and provides open space for the local subdivision.

"Walleck Ranch Park will be the anchor and resting place for the Mohave Wash Trail as well as a neighborhood park," Owen said.

"It is near the center of the Mohave Wash Trail that will extend from I-40 to Jagerson Avenue."

The $542,737 park was built by T.R.

Orr and paid for by the Arizona State Park Heritage Fund, the state Parks Department and the city of Kingman.

Walleck Ranch and Canyon Shadows parks were in the previous city budget and carried over.

Design problems delayed their development.

Canyon Shadows is a long and narrow three-acre park in a wash that runs from Harvard Street to Crestwood Drive between Ridgecrest Road and Carlton Street.

"Canyon Shadows Park is nearly complete now," Owen said.

"It is also waiting for warm weather to plant grass."

Canyon Shadows has half courts for basketball, horseshoe pits, grills, walkways and playground equipment with swings.

No restrooms are planned at the site.

The city has a park with landscaping at the corner of Southern Avenue and Eastern Street that is part of the East Golden Gate Improvement District.

The park will make use of an area purchased as a water detention basin for runoff south and east of the corner.

The irrigation system in the basin is almost complete, and the basin will be seeded.

Owen does not have a schedule for completion of the Mohave Wash Trail system.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is completing channel work on Mohave Wash and has not let a contract for it portion of the trail project.

Kingman is waiting for Mohave County to complete channel work in the wash from Walleck Ranch Park to Northern Avenue before contracting for trail construction.