PUBLIC LANDS -- Proposed plans for a trailhead parking area to serve the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills Conservation Area will be presented by Spokane County Parks and Recreation staff at a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26.
The open-house meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Moran Public Library, 6004 S. Regal St.
The agenda calls for a staff presentation at 6 p.m. followed by a questions and answers session at 6:30.
The Glenrose Unit is a 467-acre open space area owned and managed by Spokane County Parks, Recreation & Golf. The land was secured through acquisitions from private sellers and the Washington Department of Natural Resources through the Dishman Hills Conservancy and the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program.
The property is bordered on the east by the Ponderosa Neighborhood (City of Spokane Valley) and on the west by the Glenrose Neighborhood (just outside of the City of Spokane).
Here are more details from Spokane County Parks planner Paul Knowles:
The property currently has no off-street parking, with most visitors parking at the north end of South Theirman Road. The trail system consists of primitive former access roads with some single track, including the Cliffs Trail built by Dishman Hills Conservancy with volunteers for several different organizations.
The goal of this project is to develop design plans for a new trailhead parking area to accommodate visitors and develop a trail plan that will create a trail system on the Glenrose Unit that balances recreational opportunities with wildlife needs.
Project Timeline: Planning Phase - September through February 2017; Construction Phase - TBD contingent upon funding.
Funding: Planning Phase - Conservation Futures M&O Funding; Construction Phase - Unknown