Grant County is Launching Grasp Planning Course of for Outside Recreation and Trails

0
119

Grant County has launched a comprehensive master plan for outdoor recreation and hiking trails for the county. The intent of the plan is to develop a roadmap for the future of outdoor recreation and hiking trails in Grant County that complements the area’s merits and economic development goals. The planning process is expected to take about a year, with approval by the district in spring 2022.

Grant County offers varied scenery and a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, off-roading, fishing, and horse riding. The study area for the plan consists of Grant County and adjacent natural areas, such as the Gila National Forest, which serve as gateways to communities in Grant County. This master plan will address usage patterns in popular Grant County locations, such as the City of Rocks State Park. The plan will also establish guidelines and guidelines to influence community collaboration, promote sustainable tourism and visitor traffic, and preserve existing recreational opportunities in Grant County.

The Grant County Outdoor Recreation and Trails Master Plan is created by a multidisciplinary team of consultants based in Vermont, Colorado and New Mexico, consisting of the SE Group and Terradynamics GIS, LLC. Together, these two companies bring relevant expertise in a variety of areas, including community and recreational planning, public engagement, economic and spatial analysis, and transport planning. These firms will work closely with county officials and a steering committee composed of local executives and officials with primary land management agencies with large lots in the county, such as the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service.

Public engagement will be a fundamental part of the master planning process. Public engagement efforts include virtual meetings and webinars, online surveys, and face-to-face visits. Information about the plan will be posted on GetOutsideGrantCounty.org, a multimedia platform that provides background information about the plan and public engagement opportunities. The website publishes plan information, surveys, interactive maps, research results and links to public engagement opportunities. The project team will provide public relations materials in English and Spanish to ensure that Spanish-speaking members of the Grant County community are fully involved in the master planning process.

A general survey on outdoor recreation and hiking trails in Grant County was posted on the website. Both Grant County residents and visitors are encouraged to complete the survey, which should take no longer than 10-15 minutes. The aim of the survey is to measure interest in a variety of recreational activities in Grant County and to gain a thorough understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the county’s current opportunities.

Grant County strives to create a plan that includes parishes across the county. For more information, please contact Priscilla Shoup, Grant County Planning and Community Development Director at (575) 574-0007 or email [email protected]