Granite Creek Corridor Improvements to Begin

Prescott City Council members have given the go-ahead for design and engineering work to make the downtown Granite Creek Corridor a “user-friendly and safe area.”

The Council approved a $179,178 contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates (KHA) and its Prescott office for preparation of design and engineering work necessary for Granite Creek renovation. KHA is an extension of one of the nation’s largest planning and design firms.

Tyler Goodman, assistant to City Manager Michael Lamar, said design and planning work should be completed soon with construction beginning in early July.

Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli has called Granite Creek Corridor one of the “jewels” in the area and improvements will revitalize and enhance it.

The estimated cost is about $1.8 million. Funds will come from the City’s general fund and the Prescott Public Works Department budget. A grant request has been filed with the Arizona Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Among improvements under consideration are the following: benches ($5,400); signage ($6,000); surface trail improvements from Aubrey to Willis streets ($25,000); construction of access to Goodwin Street compliant with American with Disabilities Act ($57,410); ramada near the historic railroad trestle bridge ($70,000); ramada or amphitheater at West Granite Creek Park ($70,000); removal of non-native medium/large elm trees clogging the creek ($72,000); storm water outfall improvements ($106,447); retaining walls ($148,000); and corridor lighting ($184,426).

Preparation a splash pad and play area near the south end of Granite Creek Park on Montezuma Street is underway. When completed, that same area will include space for the Prescott Farmers Market.