Pictured:  The McDowell Mountain Regional Park. (Photo courtesy of Tara Alatorre/Staff)
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McDowell Mountain Regional Park seeks public input on master plan update



SCOTTSDALE – The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department is updating the McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Master Plan, which has not been amended since 1967.

The goal of the master plan update is to develop a long-range vision for the park that takes into account visitor needs, while also protecting the resources and natural open space found within the park. 

“McDowell Mountain Regional Park is a point of pride for our county. The plan deserves a fresh look to benefit the changing community and the needs of today’s park visitors,” stated Maricopa County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Steve Chucri.

Located four miles north of the Town of Fountain Hills, McDowell Mountain Regional Park is comprised of 21,099 acres within the lower Verde Basin, and is the third largest park in Maricopa County’s regional park system.

The park is adjacent to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and has over 60-miles of multi-use trails, 14 miles of competitive track and houses many large events.

Presentation materials are posted on the park’s website and public comments on the proposed draft plan will be accepted via through an online survey until Thursday, March 22.  The department anticipates the whole process to update McDowell Mountain Regional Park’s Master Plan take approximately 18 months.

For additional assistance, contact the parks and open space planner, Lauren Bromley, at 928-501-9207, or LaurenBromley@mail.maricopa.gov. To learn more about Maricopa County’s regional park system or for more information about the plan update, visit www.maricopacountyparks.net.