Skyline Regional Park

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Skyline Regional ParkResidents of Buckeye, Arizona and the surrounding Phoenix Metro area have something new to be excited about-- Skyline Regional Park. The nearly 9,000 acre regional park will begin construction in 2014, with an estimated $3 million price tag. With ramadas, an observatory, interpretive gardens, recreational trails and muck more, the park will be one of the Southwest Valley’s largest parks.

According to the master development plan, the park will include hiking trails, areas for picnicking and camping, mountain biking, horseback riding and possibly four-wheeling.  The fist phase of the project will include improvements to existing trails, ramadas, kiosks, camping and parking areas.

“Hopefully we will have at least a couple of trailheads open by 2015,” said Robert Wisener, Buckeye conservation and project manager.

Skyline Regional Park is also hoped to build a lodge for environmental education programs for school, churches and Scouts. The lodge will be unique with dorm-style quarters, restrooms and a kitchen with a cafeteria. Teaching and instructional opportunities will also be available as there will be graded, flat areas with seating. Estimated between 2021 and 2035, the second phase of the development will begin, which may include a visitor center, amphitheater and playground.

“I think it’s going to be a real jump-off point for the overall development of the park and the attraction that it is going to have for the community itself,” Larry Harmer, Buckeye planning and zoning manager

Not only will Skyline Regional Park offer numerous recreational opportunities, but it will also preserve the pristine desert. The Bureau of Land Management and Buckeye have reached an agreement to allow Buckeye to develop on a maximum of 73 acres, as the area is home to the endangered Sonoran Desert Tortoise. 15 acres will be used to develop new trails, while 48 acres will be used for park attractions in the Watson Road area. Right now, it’s unclear whether or not off-road vehicles will be permitted in the park; however, the Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coalition is advocating for rock-crawling.

Ideally located near northern Watson Road and the White Tank Mountains Regional Park, the Skyline Regional Park will offer recreational opportunities that will be a great benefit to residents of nearby communities, including the master-planned communities Verrado and Tartesso, as well as Buckeye. Skyline Regional Park will make the surrounding areas highly desirable due to its opportunities and accessibility.

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