Comment on Greenway project

An Environmental Assessment for the construction of Phase V of the Grand Canyon Greenway is available for public review and comment through Feb. 9.

The Park Service proposes to construct a one-mile section of trail between Pipe Creek Vista and the South Kaibab Trailhead.

This project continues implementation of a greenway trail system as envisioned in the park's 1995 General Management Plan.

The plan outlined a system of multi-use, accessible trails throughout the park that, once constructed, would encourage non-motorized modes of travel and would provide a greater opportunity for visitors to experience park resources. The construction of the proposed Greenway V trail would allow for a continuous trail connection from other, already completed, phases of the Grand Canyon Greenway to the South Kaibab Trailhead.

The EA evaluates three alternatives, including a No Action alternative.

The Preferred alternative (Alternative B) includes construction of a one-mile long accessible trail between Pipe Creek Vista and the South Kaibab Trailhead; redesign of Pipe Creek Vista overlook and parking area to provide for pedestrian and vehicular safety; improvements to the South Kaibab Trailhead area; and designation of a one-mile long connector trail, south of Desert View Drive, for multi-modal use that would be designated as part of the Arizona Trail. The primary difference between the two action alternatives, Alternative B and Alternative C, is the parking configuration at Pipe Creek Vista.

The EA will be on public review for 30 days. Access it online at http://parkplaning.nps.gov.

Comments can also be submitted online at the same Web address (the preferred method) or mailed to Steve Martin, Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, Attention: Greenway V, P.O. Box 129 (1 Village Loop for express mail), Grand Canyon, AZ 86023. Comments will be accepted through Feb. 9.

For additional information or for copies of the EA, contact Rachel Stanton, Project Planning Leader, at 928-774-9612.

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