Todd House: Peralta Park to be a great addition to Pinal County

Welcome to fall. It’s nice to see the temperatures drop below 100 degrees.

Many of you know Pinal County’s Open Space and Trails Department has been receiving public input on the proposed Peralta Regional Park. This is one of seven proposed parks in Pinal County’s Opens Space and Trails Master Plan. Peralta Park is slated to be located just east of Peralta Road and north of U.S. 60.

This proposed park will offer exceptional open space and outdoor recreation opportunity that could include hiking, equestrian riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, dark sky watching, picnicking and camping.

The proposed 480-acre regional park is surrounded by Arizona State Trust Land and in close proximity to the Superstition Wilderness Area and Peralta Trailhead.

To read more about this proposed regional park, go http://pinalcountyaz.gov/OpenSpaceTrails/ParkTrailPlanning/Pages/PeraltaPark.aspx.

The public participation in the planning process has been outstanding. We had over 60 residents come out the first public meeting. They shared ideas, concerns and general appreciation at the idea of having another area to spend quality time.

Looking over the plans for this park, I am excited by the diversity of activities that people will be able to enjoy. Being as close as we are to the Superstition Mountains, this park would be a great place to use as a base camp for excursions into the Superstition Wilderness area.

We still have a way to go in making this park a reality. Open Space and Trails Director Kent Taylor has been working hard by overseeing the planning process.

The future planning process will look at such items as the amount of spaces needed for parking, the number of tent sites there will be, trail locations, how many ramadas are needed and much more.

Not only will Peralta Park be a great addition to this area of the county, it will also be a tool to bring in more visitors. These visitors will be able to experience the Superstitions up close and hopefully spend a lot of money at our local stores.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact my office at 480-982-0659. You can also e-mail me at todd.house@pinalcountyaz.gov.
Todd House
Supervisor
Pinal County Board of Supervisors

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