Work continuing on new neighborhood parks in Kingman

Two new neighborhood parks, Canyon Shadows Park and Walleck Ranch Park, should be ready for use by this summer.

"Walleck Ranch Park should be done and ready to be seeded around March," Keith Adams, recreational superintendent with the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department since 1985, said.

"Then it will take six to eight weeks, and two to three good mowings before the grass is ready."

Located along the Mohave Wash south of Gordon Drive and north of Kino Avenue, Walleck Ranch Park has more than 3 acres with rest rooms, a picnic area with a large picnic ramada and two smaller ramadas, a full-size basketball court, a children's playground, parking, grass areas, shrubs and trees.

Adams said the triangle-shaped park will also have walkways and night lighting.

"We will have a really nice $460,000 park," Adams said.

"Half of that was secured through a grant written by Rob Owen (planner and park developer for the Kingman Community Development Department) with the other half through the city general fund."

Construction of Walleck Ranch Park was started sooner than the 3-acre Canyon Shadows Neighborhood Park, and will therefore be finished sooner.

A $327,000 project with Terra Ex Contracting, Canyon Shadows Park should be completed by this summer, Adams said.

The park extends from Crestwood Drive at Redhill Drive to Harvard Street between the Canyon Shadows and Knoll subdivisions.

Long and narrow, with a width of 165 feet and a length of 769 feet, the park will include a small parking area, two ramadas, a half-size basketball court, playground equipment, a small skating area, a horse shoe pit, walkways, benches, picnic tables, bike racks, trees and shrubs.

Like Walleck Park, Canyon Shadows Neighborhood Park will have night lighting.

The land for both park sites was donated to the city.

"Walleck Ranch Park and Canyon Shadows Park are part of a city plan to develop smaller parks in neighborhoods where local residents can reach the park easily," said Mike Blair, chairman of the City of Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission.

"It is part of the city of Kingman General Plan for the next 10 years.

"We are putting the projects together for the Growing Smarter legislation that we have to conform with."

In October 2000, the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROST) Plan was developed as a guideline for park site acquisition, development and maintenance, recreational programs, open space acquisition and trail development.

Blair explained that the amount of open space and parks needed to satisfy the Growing Smarter legislation requirement is determined by the size of the city.

The PROST plan addresses the required features of the open space element - one of the components mandated by the legislature for municipalities of 10,000 or more - and the recreation element - for cities under 50,000 in population - as outlined by the Growing Smarter legislation.

The recreation element is a comprehensive system of areas and public sites for recreation, including natural reservations, parks, parkways and scenic drives, playgrounds and playfields, open space and bicycle routes.

The planning and zoning commission presents plans to the Kingman City Council, which votes on the projects.

If there are no objections, the projects are then voted on by the public, Blair said.

Also under construction is the Mohave Wash Trail, a multiple use path south of Kino Avenue, which could be linked with other trail projects proposed in the Stockton Hill Road/Interstate 40 area.

The entire system of existing, programmed and planned trails extends approximately 40 miles.

Two other parks - Hualapai Foothills Park and Sycamore Park - are scheduled for development in three to five years.

In addition, six other neighborhood parks - Greater Kingman Addition area, Kingman Camelback area, Lake Mohave Country Club Estates area, Kingman Park Estates area, Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course area and Shangri-La Estates area - are planned for development in the next five to 10 years.

Neighborhood parks are also planned in the Vista Bella/Parkway area, Sunhaven Homesites area, New Kingman Addition Unit No.

10 area and New Kingman Addition Unit No.

9 area in 10 or more years.