Your opinion counts
As Prescott Valley town officials continue with their pro-development agenda, are citizens' concerns being heard and included in the decision making process?
GLASSFORD DELLS REGIONAL PARK
downhill mountain bike park proposed for glassford hill
Eco-tourism or an eyesore? Will a bike lift on Glassford Hill - like the one pictured from Spider Mountain in Texas - contribute to, or detract from, the peace, natural environment and overall enjoyment of hiking and the aesthetics of this area? Be heard! Read the article.
Prescott Valley Citizens Alliance wholeheartedly supports the development of the Glassford Dells Regional Park in accordance with the terms of the intergovernmental agreement (IGA). We support a development approach that will prioritize park designs that insure the protection of property values, the preservation of open space, the aesthetics of the terrain and the peace and tranquility of the area for residents and visitors. PVCA is opposed to the development of active recreation facilities including the construction of a lift-served downhill mountain bike track system. We are concerned about liability issues, costs and the lack of essential services and infrastructure to support the proposed "world-class downhill mountain bike park."
The open space on Glassford Hill should be preserved - not commercialized and exploited.
FROM THE REGIONAL PARK INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT (IGA) SIGNED BY PRESCOTT, PRESCOTT VALLEY AND YAVAPAI COUNTY:
cONCEPTUAL PLANS for Glassford Hill
The conceptual designs pictured for the development of Glassford Hill were prepared by The Planning Center, consultants hired by the Town of Prescott Valley. In addition to the lift-served downhill mountain bike facilities, other proposed amenities include a pavilion, sports fields, playground, campgrounds, archery range, ropes course and a resort with lodging and restaurants.
Based on the EPA's definition of "passive recreation facilities" none of these proposed plans would conform to the terms of the Intergovernmental Agreement.
Pictured above: Original conceptual plan commissioned by Prescott Valley Fall 2022
Pictured above: Conceptual Plan revised October 2023
The Sundog Connector is a proposed 3.5 mile road on the southwest shoulder of Glassford Hill, connecting Highway 89 in Prescott to Highway 69 in Prescott Valley. Its alleged purpose is to relieve traffic congestion on Highway 69 and provide faster travel between Prescott and Prescott Valley. Central Yavapai Metropolitan Planning Organization (CYMPO) estimates that 7% - only 7 of every 100 cars - currently using Hwy 69 will divert to the Sundog Connector.
The negative impacts on our environment, water resources, wildlife corridors and the potential for new development that the Sundog Connector would bring far outweigh its speculated benefits. Rather than building the Sundog Connector, PVCA supports completing the widening of Hwy 69, traffic signal improvements and developing mass transit and other creative options that better suit the community and more sustainably address long-term traffic and safety issues.
CYMPO has provided funding for a SR 69 study covering the 15 miles from Prescott Lakes Pkwy to SR 169. The research group will provide a study of which SR 69 sections should be widened in sequential order. State or federal funding will not allow this highway section to be widened at one time, but one section at a time instead.
Regional Park or Bulldozed Scar? Read the article
Click here to read the SunDog DISConnect position paper
Listen now. Sundog Connector history, community & environmental impacts, costs and alternative solutions are discussed on KYCA radio.
BIG CHINO PIPELINE
For over 20 years Prescott and Prescott Valley had envisioned piping groundwater from the Big Chino Valley to support a vastly increasing population. As stated in Prescott Valley’s 2035 General Plan, the town is pulling out the stops to obtain Big Chino water. The fact remains that construction of the pipeline would leave taxpayers footing the bill and exportation of Big Chino groundwater would eventually devastate the year-round flow of the uppermost Verde River.
CONTACT TOWN OFFICIALS
Contact our Town Officials and have your voice heard:
Mayor Palguta: KPalguta@prescottvalley-az.gov
Vice Mayor Hunt: LHunt@prescottvalley-az.gov
Councilmember Dickinson: BDickinson@prescottvalley-az.gov
Councilmember Greer: MGreer@prescottvalley-az.gov
Councilmember Hepperle: AHepperle@prescottvalley-az.gov
Councilmember Leyva: LLeyva@prescottvalley-az.gov
Councilmember Schumacher: KSchumacher@prescottvalley-az.gov
Town Manager Davidson: GDavidson@prescottvalley-az.gov