Residents will have an opportunity to breathe new life into the 2006 Lake Havasu City Trails Plan Thursday night when they review that proposal and comment on how improvements, new trails or extensions should be prioritized.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is hosting an open house meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Police Facility, 2360 N. McCulloch Blvd. An update on the trails plan will kick off the festivities before residents have an opportunity to break away and view specific proposals for 10 proposed trail concepts.
“I’m very excited about the possibility of it,” said Jennifer Luzzi, a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member and member of a trails subcommittee.
Jim Rosensweet has been the latest driving force helping resurrect the 2006 plan that Bart Wagner, Aquatics and Recreation manager, said had basically languished as the economy went south in the previous decade.
Last summer, when Rosensweet and his wife were traveling different parts of the country in their RV, Rosensweet said he noticed how other communities had extensive trail systems running through their towns. He said he wanted to take what he had seen in places such as Durango, Colo. and apply it here in Havasu.
Rosensweet spoke at a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting last year about his interest and Wagner told him there already was a plan.
“(The 2006 trail plan) is almost exactly what I would like to build,” Rosensweet said after he had a chance to review it. Rosensweet subsequently became a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board late last year and began to push more for his trails plan.
The 10 proposed trail concepts haven’t seen much light in recent years. Much of what is proposed seeks to connect already existing trails to make getting around town by bike or by foot easier and safer.
Connecting the lakeside pathway from the London Bridge to Windsor Beach shouldn’t be too difficult, Rosensweet said. He said officials at the Lake Havasu State Park are interested in seeing the plan come to fruition.
It would be a logical extension for the trail to continue to Windsor Beach and then extend the lakeside trail on the southern end to Contact Point, Rosensweet said.
Specifically, what Rosensweet is interested in are proposals for the Lakeshore Trail North and the Lakeshore Trail South/SARA Park trail.
The Lakeshore Trail North calls for a continuous lakeside pathway from the London Bridge through Lake Havasu State Park and into the national wildlife refuge. The Lakeshore Trail South/SARA Park trail calls for “a meandering, unpaved trail running south from the border of Rotary Park through Body Beach, and either along the Lakeshore or an inland route to a back entrance to SARA Park.”
Other specific trail proposals in the 2006 plan include: the Powerline Trail which would go from the northwest corner to the southeast corner of the city, creating a paved trail along the Chemehuevi Wash and starting a Recreational Beltway trail which would be a mostly unpaved pathway winding along the northerly and easterly borders of the city.
How much can get done depends on available funding, Rosensweet said. But he said he expects that state and federal grants, county funds and corporate donations could help get the trail work done.
It could take five years to “finish the basics” of the trails plan, Rosensweet said.
To view the full Lake Havasu City Trails plan, visit lhcaz.gov, click on publications and brochures and scroll down to the Parks and Recreation section where a link to Lake Havasu City trails plan is located.
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