KINGMAN – The Arizona State Parks Board voted unanimously to approve a $99,000 grant for the City of Kingman to complete the downtown trail connector portion of the White Cliffs Wagon Wheel Trail (WCWW). The AZ State Parks Board and the City of Kingman will again partner with American Conservation Experience (ACE) to do the trail construction, which could potentially begin later this year. (Map attached shows Phase 2 & Downtown Connector)
Kingman Mayor Jen Miles said, “I appreciate the Arizona State Parks Board for recognizing the value of our community’s trails system with their continued support. This is another wonderful addition that improves livability within our city and enhances tourism. We’re excited for the next phase of this project to begin.”
Kingman City Manager Ron Foggin said, “Parks and Recreation Director Mike Meersman and his team’s dedication have led to large expansions of this trail that attract people from not only our city, but regionally as well.”
Arizona State Parks and Trails Director Bob Broschied said, “We are proud to award this grant funding to the City of Kingman for the White Cliffs Wagon Wheel Trail. Projects like this encourage more residents and visitors to explore Arizona and discover the diversity and beauty of the state. Grant funding from Arizona State Parks and Trails continues to drive outdoor recreation forward and improve access for more people.”
WCWW Phase 2 construction will begin later this fall, which is also grant-funded through the AZ State Parks Board for $162,000. Phase 1 construction on the project was finished in May 2021 through a $30,000 grant awarded to the City of Kingman helped fund the project that was designed by the Colorado River Area Trail Alliance, and construction help provided by ACE.
This is one of nine American Rescue Plan Act ARPA grants AZ State Parks has approved to this point. The APRA funds supplement AZ State Parks Heritage funding. If the project is eligible for one of our Heritage Fund Grants (non-motorized trail; environmental education; local, regional and state parks; or historic preservation), and is located within one of the HUD identified Qualified Census Tracts (https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sadda/sadda_qct.html), the project would be eligible for ARPA Funds. To this point, AZ State Parks has awarded a little over $3 million in ARPA funds.