Oracle — On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Pinal County Open Space and Trails will be holding a Southeast Region Public Meeting, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Trowbridge Hall, 705 E. American Way. This is behind the Oracle Union Church, which is often referred to as the little rock church, and on the side of the road leading to the Oracle Community Center.
The group will include the communities from the Cadillac Steakhouse area, Saddlebrooke, Saddlebrooke Ranch, San Manuel, Mammoth and Oracle. Hiking groups, horse groups, businesses who rely on natural resources to promote their businesses, ATV organizations, outdoor enthusiasts and citizens of the tri-community area who are interested in using the trails for recreational activities are invited, most specifically.
The OST Master Plan has been adopted by Pinal County and the new department, authorized on the last budget, and work can now begin. The purpose of this public information meeting is to clarify a definition and overview of the Open Space and Trails effort, for a better understanding of how the plan has been developed, what is happening toward implementing the plan thus far and key issues for our region. It is also a goal, during this first meeting, to decide on a consistent meeting date, place and time.
“Two important issues are the San Pedro River and SunZia Transmission Line Project which have the potential to impact our area adversely. This is a public information meeting. It is the hope of the nonprofit Pinal Partnership and the Open Space and Trails Committee, a committee of the Pinal Partnership, that regional groups will form and meet on a regular basis to help provide input from our region that provides direction to our county supervisor, other Pinal County Supervisors and the newly established Open Space and Trails Department on what we think is important to our area.” says Alicia Bristow, OST Southeast coordinator of Pinal County.
“Within the Open Space and Trails Master Plan/Report there are recommendations specific to each region in Pinal County. Please look at http://www.pinalpartnership.com/com_parks.html to obtain background information before the meeting,” Bristow continued.
During the meeting, Celeste Andersen from the nature conservancy will provide an overview and Peter Else, who has been working diligently on the San Pedro and SunZia issues, has also been invited. Pete Rios, county supervisor, will also be invited to attend.