Glendale parks undergo repairs after record rainfall

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Work is underway to repair the damage September's record rainfall caused to Glendale parks, retentions, sporting facilities and trail systems.

On Monday, contractors began repairing parking lots, portions of trails, fencing and other damage at Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Thunderbird Paseo Linear Trail and Thunderbird Conservation Park. The repairs are slated to continue through January.

"The obvious damage like downed power lines and splintered trees has been repaired, but the massive amount of water impaired several trails and parking lots, which we are now focused on," said Paul King, Glendale's Park and Recreation manager. "These repairs will be labor intensive and will take months to do."

Contractors will repair several trail sections along the Grand Canal Linear Park and fix the parking lot near the equestrian center that has been closed since the storm. In addition, repairs will be made to the 75th Avenue parking lot landscaping north of Camelback Road.

Sahuaro Ranch Park will have planters and gravel slopes mended.

Thunderbird Paseo Linear Trail will have work done to replace a drainage culvert on 59th Avenue.

Workers will repair the picnic area in the inner parking loop of the Thunderbird Conservation Park from the 59th Avenue access point. 

King said the work will be done during the workweek and will not begin before 6:30 a.m.

No trail closures are anticipated, but parking lot restrictions will occur to allow for heavy equipment and repairs.

"Through this process we will provide as much advance notice as possible to users through signage at the parks and on our website about anticipated restrictions," King said.

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