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Updated 11/29/2022

 The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department strives to continuously improve and better serve the community and is seeking public input for the North Mountain Park Renovation Master Plan. A survey will  open on Thursday, November 24 and close Sunday, January 1, 2023. Feedback from this survey will be used to plan the future park amenities and  improvements. Once the design concept  is identified, renovations and construction will take place over the next several years.

Please follow the link to participate in the survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMtnPark

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Updated 2/27/2023 - Anticipated opening Fall 2023

The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the redevelopment of the Dreamy Draw Park/Trailhead to accommodate changing community needs. When completed, the trailhead will offer an expanded parking area, including six ADA accessible parking spaces, three small family-friendly ramadas, and a new, six stall gender-neutral restroom.  Four designated pull-through equestrian trailer parking spaces are being added for easy access, and a bike lane redesign which includes an adjacent natural surface walking path.  There will be ADA accessible routes from the parking lot to the ramadas, restroom and to the Dreamy Draw Bike Path. Dreamy Draw Trailhead is the site of the Dreamy Draw Dam and as such, the building permit process for the restroom is particularly complex. The Dreamy Draw Park project is now scheduled for completion in the summer of 2023.​ Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

Dreamy Draw Park Construction Updates:​

  • Construction demolition began Tuesday, July 5, 2022. 
  • Demolition of the current parking lot, ranger station, and restrooms completed July 22, 2022.
  • There is currently no public access to the Dreamy Draw Trailhead, however the trails surrounding the trailhead are open.
  • Valley Rain Construction has been selected as the project contractor. Valley Rain is an award-winning contractor with extensive experience constructing parks, trailheads, and other recreational facilities. They recently completed renovations at Piestewa Peak in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

    The Water Services Department is concurrently overseeing a Drought Pipeline project through the Dreamy Draw park which will ensure all residents have access to safe, reliable, clean drinking water during future times of shortage on the Colorado River.  As part of this project, the city will update and replace existing infrastructure and install new infrastructure needed to serve all customers in the city's service territory. Learn more about the Drought Pipeline Project .

    For more information on the Drought Pipeline project, call the Project Hotline at 602-235-2666 or e-mail waterworks@phoenix.gov.

​Trail 25

Updated 3/1/2023

Trail 25 has served as a connector between Lookout Mountain and the rest of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve for about 20 years. The existing Trail 25 alignment largely utilizes the golf cart path. Unfortunately, this shared use arrangement with golf carts, hikers, and cyclists has caused conflicts.

The City of Phoenix, with the assistance of Councilwoman Debra Stark, has met with stakeholders in the surrounding neighborhoods to explore potential Trail 25 reroutes. After several on-site and virtual meetings, a new proposed alignment was identified. City Staff had discussions with HOAs on the proposed alignment and the trails adjacent to HOA owned land. Some of the original proposed alignment was on HOA land, so an alternate alignment has been identified to share with the HOA which keeps the trail off of HOA land and still provides trail access through the area as needed.     

With the new proposed alignment, the City and stakeholders seek to:

  • Reduce potential conflicts by minimizing the trail's use of the golf cart path.
  • Construct the trail as natural surface trail, to provide a more enjoyable, natural hiking experience for trail users, like the existing Preserve trails.
  • Utilize existing trail easements where possible, reducing the need for new easements.

Questions and Answers

  • Q: Is the proposed alignment the final alignment?

  • A: No. We continue to receive and consider feedback on the proposed alignment to help inform decisions on the final alignment.

  • Q: What happens after the City stops taking public comment on October 31?

  • A: The final alignments have not yet been reviewed. Once reviewed, the public will be notified of follow-up meetings or outreach. After the final alignment is confirmed, the easement amendment process would move forward. When all amendments are filed, trail alterations will then take place.

  • Q: Will the City need to construct a new underpass to get under Thunderbird Road?

  • A: No. There is an existing underpass as shown on the map (labeled in yellow) that connects Trail 25 to the south side of Thunderbird Rd. Construction of a new underpass will not be necessary.

  • Q: Will the trail experience be significantly different from what it is today?

  • A: The majority of the proposed alignment remains within the golf course perimeter. The intent is to provide a natural surface trail adjacent/relatively close to the paved cart path, keeping the trail experience essentially the same.

  • Q: Does the effort to realign Trail 25 affect the use of the sidewalk on the east side of Pointe Golf Club Drive?

  • A: No, The sidewalk on the east side of Pointe Golf Club Drive (Trail 25A) is not being considered as the Proposed Trail 25 alignment. The sidewalk is - and will continue to be available to walk as an alternative to the natural surface Trail 25. Those who choose to use Trail 25A/sidewalk can utilize the crosswalk at the traffic signal at the Thunderbird/Pointe Golf Club Drive intersection.​​

  • Q: Will there be pavement markings or a crosswalk on Point Golf Club Drive where the trail crosses the street?

  • ​A: ​The Streets Department has determined that a crosswalk is not necessary for this site. There is signage indicating the trail alignment on both sides of the road at the upper crossing point.​

Trail 25 Map

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