Glendale still tackling monsoon damage

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Parts of Glendale saw three inches of rain out of one monsoon storm back in September. When the water went down, the parking lots at four different parks were full of mud. Crews took care of the immediate cleanup, but they still have a month of work left.

“75th Avenue was flooded, so water was coming in,” said Paul King, Glendale's parks and recreation manager.

He said the neighborhood along the Grand Canal saw flooding along the canal and in the nearby parks. Almost three months later, signs still warn of trail work. Landscaping and dirt were washed away, leaving massive holes under sidewalks and around parking lots.

The parking lot for the equestrian trail access is closed at 81st Avenue and Bethany Home. You can see the mud swept to lower parts of the park, taking the gravel and everything else with it.  The curbing cracked in several spots and sank into the mud.

The city is now repairing the irrigation system before covering everything with dirt and replanting. People are welcome to use the parks and the trails, but King hopes they are careful of the holes and patient with the mess.

“A huge amount of acreage was damaged,” King said. “So it is just a matter of getting through that acreage bit by bit.”

The repairs will continue into January at Grand Canal Linear Park, Sahuaro Ranch Park, Thunderbird Paseo Linear Trail and Thunderbird Conservation Park.  The estimated cost is $240,000.

For more information, visit www.glendaleaz.com/ParksandRecreation.