This time of year, it is easy to see why Prescott is such a wonderful place to live, learn, work and play. The quality of life that we enjoy is second to none, and our outdoor amenities play a large part. Our topography provides so much diversity that you can choose your experience. Do you want to walk through or climb our beautiful Granite Dells? Or do you want to go up into the cool mountain pines to fish, hike or picnic? You can mountain bike on hillsides with stunning panoramic views, or hike through breathtaking rock formations with mountains and lake views.
Three beautiful lakes, Watson, Willow, and Goldwater Lake provide the perfect setting for kayaks, paddleboards, small boats and fishing. Currently improvements are underway to lower Goldwater Lake that include trail development, a large ramada, a day-use area and paved parking, all slated to open in the Spring of 2020.
The City of Prescott owns and maintains 19 parks, and 12 multi-use fields, and over 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. This number grows every year, thanks to our Recreation Services staff, and volunteers from the Over The Hill Gang. They continue to design and build new trails at the rate of over 10 miles per year.
Recently, the City has been at the center of discussions about open space acquisition. I think it’s important to remember everything that our predecessors have assembled for the enjoyment of our citizens and visitors. Currently the City owns about 1,900 acres of land within the Dells. The City continues to improve and add to all of our open space assets. In the past two years, we purchased an additional 160 acres in the Granite Dells. Just a year later, we completed a trail network totaling 6.4 miles, all easily accessible from the Peavine Trail. We continue discussions with property owners to bring hundreds more acres under City ownership and management.
The bottom line is that the City of Prescott shares our citizen’s love of our open spaces. We are dedicated to continue to maintain, improve and add to our public open space portfolio. I urge everyone to get out and enjoy Prescott’s amazing outdoor beauty.
Mayor Greg Mengarelli