ITS PROTECTION HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR
SINCE AT LEAST 1997!
Examples and excerpts:
June 13, 1997 - City of Prescott Glassford Hill Area Preserve Initiative Memo
“RECOMMENDED MOTION: Move to authorize the Mayor and City Manager
to take such actions as necessary to pursue a partnership with the Town of Prescott Valley to preserve the Glassford Hill area.”
April 15, 1998 - City of Prescott Planning and Zoning Division Memorandum Update on Rails to Trails and the Glassford Hill Initiative
"The petition focused on the value of this property for open space, for its scenic and historic values, and for its function as a wildlife habitat and major corridor. Glassford Hill is the single most predominant landform visible from the corporate boundaries of Prescott Valley and forms the background of the unique Granite Dells rock formations and Watson Lake."
2008 - Prescott Open Space Master Plan, Section 3.1 section 2.2, potential and preserved open space areas
"Like badger mountain, this site is vulnerable to sale and development. Its potential open space values include geological, historical (prominent military outlook and heliograph signal post), aesthetic (scenic vista), and ecological (e.g., habitat for pronghorn, deer, eagles, and other wildlife)."
2015 - Prescott General Plan, section 3.3.8, environmental commitment
"…the Prescott community remains committed to the conservation of environmentally significant lands and features. This commitment is reflected in community and regional partnerships with groups such as the open space alliance of central Yavapai county, the central Arizona land trust, Prescott creeks, and the town of Prescott valley, the city’s partner in efforts to protect the scenic Glassford hill from development."
May 10, 2022 - City of Prescott Voting Meeting Minutes AGENDA ITEM: Approval of City Contract No. 2022-208, an Intergovernmental Agreement Regarding the Purchase of Land on Glassford Hill.
“Since January 2022, Yavapai County, the City of Prescott, and the Town of Prescott Valley have worked to formalize an intergovernmental agreement to protect Glassford Hill through purchasing approximately 3,200 +/- acres of Arizona State Trust Land from the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD).”
Now Glassford Hill needs you to help finally protect it and include it in the Granite Dells Regional Park and Preserve.
State Representative Selina Bliss has taken a step toward appropriating funding by introducing HB 2518 requesting matching funds to purchase Arizona State Trust Land on Glassford Hill.
The bill reads:
“The sum of $3,500,000 is appropriated from the state. The board shall distribute $1,750,000 to the city of Prescott for the Glassford Dells regional park. The board shall distribute $1,750,000 to the town of Prescott Valley for the Glassford Dells regional park.”
The bill passed through two committees--the Land, Agricultural & Rural Affairs (LARA) Committee and the Appropriations Committee. Now it goes on to the Rules Committee for a vote.
Representative Selina Bliss states, “As to the Request to Speak, we only have 103 registered as 'For' the bill, so it is important to build momentum and add to that number.”
Let's flood the Legislature with comments supporting this bill. Now is the time to Save Glassford Hill and bring it into the Granite Dells Regional Park and Preserve!
You can weigh in on bills, including HB 2518, from the comfort of your couch! Arizona’s Request to Speak (RTS) is an online tool that lets everyday citizens give Arizona state lawmakers our feedback on bills.
By filling out this form, you allow Civic Engagement Beyond Voting CEBV) to create an account for you at the Arizona Legislature to use the Request to Speak (RTS) system. This will allow you to make your voice heard by supporting or opposing legislation while it's being heard in committees.
Learn to use the RTS system by watching this video(4:41)
A few days after registering, You'll receive an email with instructions for the next steps.
If you have used the Request to Speak (RTS) SYSTEM previously, and you can't remember your password, go to this linkand click "Forgot Your Password?" If you already have an account and need it activated, please write email@example.com.
This is a map of the proposed State Lands for Purchase by Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Yavapai County. They are shown in teal color.
The green and beige shapes represent, respectively, the open space negotiated with the AED annexation and the open space recently purchased by the city from North Storm Ranch.
The light orange area represents the South Storm Ranch open space purchased by the city in 2019.
This map represents the intent of the intergovernmental, regional agreement (IGA) between the City of Prescott, the Town of Prescott Valley, and Yavapai County.
Watch a STUNNING flyover video of the Granite Dells Regional Park and Preserve
by clicking on the image below.
This video includes views of Glassford Hill and its connectivity to the rest of the Regional Park and Preserve. This video was made before the North Storm Parcel was purchased by the City of Prescott for open space.
This Regional Park video was produced by the City of Prescott.
GRANITE DELLS REGIONAL PARK & PRESERVE:
A LASTING LEGACY
Save the Dells is a state-level political action committee (PAC).
As a PAC we can expend much or all of our financial resources in support of or opposition to ballot initiatives, propositions, and candidates for public office.
The work we do is unique from 501(c)(3) nonprofits, who are prohibited from taking such actions.
Contributions to a PAC are not tax-deductible like those to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, but the dividends of these community investments are returned by victories that last a lifetime.
Like what you are seeing? We need your help. Please donate to keep Our Greater Mission going strong.