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Skyline Regional Park Master Plan
Skyline Regional Park

Click below for the Skyline Regional Park Master Plan
Skyline Regional Park Master Plan

In December 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the City of Buckeye signed a 25-year no-cost lease agreement for 8,675 acres of land for the future Skyline Regional Park. The future park is located at the northern terminus of Watson Road, north of I-10 and south of the County's White Tank Mountain Regional Park. As part of the Federal Recreation and Public Purpose Act, BLM will allow the Town to acquire the land in 2035 at no cost if the Town has made improvements that are consistent with the 2009 BLM-approved Plan of Development during the term of the lease.

With the lease agreement approved, the Town began the development of a master plan in September 2011 with a seven member Council-appointed committee. On January 23rd, the City hosted a public meeting to gain input into three alternative plans. Based on the comments received, the City revised the three alternatives into the final preferred plan that was presented at a second public meeting on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Final modifications were made to the plan from comments received at the meeting.

Presentation from 2nd Public Meeting (click on image below to access presentation as a pdf file).

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Staff took the final plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Community Services Advisory Board and to Town Council for a workshop and subsequently to a Council meeting for approval and adoption in September 2012.

The City has also moved forward with submitting an application to the State Land Department for right-of-way access into the park off of Watson Road in July 2011 and annexed the 8,675 acres into Buckeye's town limits in November 2011.  In April 2013, the City, working with a consultant began designing the Phase I of improvements.  Phase I includes an access road to the park (extending Watson Road north 3/4 of a mile to the park entrance from the McDowell road alignment), interior park roadways, entry station, parking, picnic areas, programming area, camping sites, restroom facilities and connections to existing trails. 

The City intends to minimally develop the property, which will feature hiking trails, picnicking areas, and camping. Composting toilets will be used as there are no utilities currently available to the site. Over the next several years, the plan calls for additional improvements to accommodate mountain biking, equestrian use, stargazing and other ranger-led activities. Beyond the next several years, the City may build a visitor center, enhanced restrooms, utilities extended north along Watson Road to the site, and expanded parking to accommodate demand as the Town grows.

Initial access to the park will be off of Watson Road. Two future access points have been identified on the western side of the park near the Campbell and Glendale road alignments. There will be parking at each of the three future entry points.

For questions, please contact Robert Wisener, Conservation & Project Manager at 623-349-6621 or at .

City of Buckeye • 530 East Monroe Avenue • Buckeye, AZ 85326 • Phone: 623-349-6000
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