Receipt of a $1-million grant from Arizona State Parks-Land and Water Conservation Fund has initiated enhancement on the Granite Creek Corridor.
Deputy City Manager Tyler Goodman, who serves as project coordinator, said approval of the grant came Sept. 27, with work officially beginning on Oct. 31. It is expected to be complete in April 2023. Work authorized involved approving a contract with Asphalt Paving & Supply for just over $3 million. That company was the lowest of three bidders.
Following details outlined in the City’s master plan, renovation will involve cleaning and detailing the creek bed and doing work to protect against erosion and to mitigate flooding along the downtown corridor. The specific area is from Aubrey Street to Granite Creek Park. The work should result in enhanced and compacted trail surfaces. Paths should be safer for walkers, jogger, bikers and those needing handicapped accessibility.
The grant was applied toward the estimated $3-million cost. Other funds to pay the cost will come from bed-tax revenues, other grant funds and donations. The plan also calls for improved lighting and signage, especially in the trail access areas just off Willis Street.
Mayor Phil Goode said he will continue bringing updates to the council and community.