Fantasy Island Update 1/3/18

At this point, hopefully everyone out there in MTB-land is aware that a city-owned parcel in the middle of Fantasy Island has been purchased by Mattamy Homes and will be developed starting this month.  SDMB, along with representatives from TORCA and SAMBA, has been working with Mattamy Homes and the City of Tucson for several years to provide input on the plans for development and look at ways to minimize impact to the trail system.  Please take a look at the attached map to see what areas will be impacted.  We will post additional updates as more information becomes available.

-Effective 1/2/18, Rez and Fire Loops are officially closed.  They are on land owned by Mattamy Homes, which will be developed.  Starting as early as the week of 1/10/18, entrances for the trails will be closed with cactus and other vegetation, and utility work in the area will begin. 

-Starting sometime after 2/1/18, Mattamy Homes will begin construction of a major sewer line heading North up the middle of Lone Cactus Loop.  The impacted corridor will be as wide as 60’, and will include a trench as deep as 25’.  For safety reasons, the corridor will be closed off with fencing and Lone Cactus will be temporarily rerouted, including a possible new exit point onto Irvington Rd.  SDMB will work with Mattamy Homes to minimize disruption of Lone Cactus Loop, and will be on site to facilitate reroutes and installation of signage.  Utility work on Lone Cactus will take several months.

-Starting sometime in Spring 2018, Drexel Rd. will be extended West from Houghton and a community park will be built with public parking, bathrooms, and water fountains.  This will provide another access point for the Fantasy Island trails, and it will also involve some rerouting of the North side of the Bunny Loop. 

-Mattamy Homes has been informed of the sensitive nature of the License Plate Tree.  It is not anticipated that development will affect that area, but they are aware of it and will consult with the MTB community in the event that the area will be impacted.

-For any specific questions or comments, contact trailsteward@sdmb.org or any of the contacts listed on the map.

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