Peoria wants to spend $240M to save open spaces

Lake Pleasant Regional Park / Wikipedia
Lake Pleasant Regional Park / Wikipedia

By Srianthi Perera, The Republic |

Within its 177 square miles, Peoria is home to vast natural environments.

They include the Sonoran Desert; Lake Pleasant, in the foothills of the Hieroglyphic Mountains; other isolated mountainous areas, such as West Wing, East Wing, Sunrise Mountains and Calderwood Butte; and the Agua Fria and New River water courses.

Without a plan for preservation, there’s no assurance that the accompanying wildlife habitats, scenic vistas and historic ruins of the Hohokam Indians who settled along the river basins will remain a part of the city’s future.

To ensure that they do, city officials have created the Sonoran Preservation Program, an ambitious plan that could cost as much as $240 million to implement, though officials said they likely will spend less.


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