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Scottsdale OKs million-dollar improvements to Pima Dynamite Trailhead

Posted 8/11/20

Bathrooms, equestrian staging areas with water troughs and meeting space for volunteer and city staff will be added to Pima Dynamite Trailhead --- coming with a price tag of $5.6 million dollars. …

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Scottsdale OKs million-dollar improvements to Pima Dynamite Trailhead

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Bathrooms, equestrian staging areas with water troughs and meeting space for volunteer and city staff will be added to Pima Dynamite Trailhead --- coming with a price tag of $5.6 million dollars.

Before summer break, the Scottsdale City Council approved a construction bid award for $5.6 million to Path Construction Inc., for the construction of Pima Dynamite Trailhead improvements.

The trailhead is within the bounds of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, at 28777 N. Pima Road, with property entrances on both north Pima Road and east Dynamite Boulevard.

Planning for this project began in spring 2017, according to the city’s website, with an original projected completion in 2019. A new timeline now shows construction should wrap up in summer 2021.

Phase one of the project includes:

  • Parking for 200 or more passenger vehicles;
  • Parking for at least 12 horse trailers;
  • Restrooms;
  • Hitching rails and water trough
  • Covered ramada and small educational amphitheater
  • Interpretive, directional and regulatory signage;
  • Limited site lighting;
  • Small office/storage space with storage yard;
  • Drinking fountains for hikers and dogs;
  • Entry roads with automatic access control gates.

The contract was given to the project’s lowest bidder, according to a city staff report.

Scottsdale received seven bids on June 4, where Lincoln Constructors Inc. bid less than $3 million on the project. That same day, Lincoln Constructors requested to withdraw their bid.

Path Construction, Inc. was the next lowest bid, at $5,625,312.95 — about $750,000 less than the next bidder.

An aerial map of the current trailhead shows a parking lot off east Dynamite Boulevard.

The new trailhead will have two entry points, limited to daylight hours.

Funding for this project comes from the voter-approved 2004 Preserve Sales Tax, according to the city’s website. The budget for design and construction of the Pima Trailhead is $4.4 million.

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