PRESCOTT, AZ (October 11, 2023) — The City of Prescott will celebrate the opening of the Granite Creek Corridor trail improvements with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 10 a.m. at 232 N. Granite Street.
Visitors will park near the Sam Hill Warehouse facility, then take a short walk to the ceremony.
Prescott Mayor Phil Goode and other local dignitaries will be present to help the City celebrate the completion of this public improvement project. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be conducted with the assistance of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, and all are welcome to attend.
Mayor Phil Goode stated that this is an important public improvement project. “This one-mile stretch along the Granite Creek will provide a scenic, safe and accessible trail for citizens and visitors. Prescott is known for its trails, lakes and other natural assets. With a modest investment, the City has created a trail and public space for our citizens and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”
Planning for the Granite Creek Corridor began back in 2021 with a series of community meetings, to learn what citizens wanted to see in the corridor improvements. As a result, the corridor was planned with lighting, benches, and other amenities to create a welcome and useful public trail through the heart of Prescott’s downtown.
The long-term goals of the project are as follows:
· Clean up and restore the beauty and native landscape of the corridor, allowing the riparian habitat to thrive and water quality to improve
· Improve the usability of the trail in the downtown corridor, allowing greater access and enhanced safety
· Improve opportunities for interpretation of Prescott history and resources
· Reduce the risk of flood conditions for the properties along the creek
Along with stream bank restoration activities, amenities such as lights, benches and an ADA accessible entrance were planned to make this a safe and accessible trail.
The improvements begin at Aubrey Street to the south, going north to end in Granite Creek Park. The trail goes through the heart of Prescott’s historic downtown, and provides unique perspectives on businesses along the creek.