BLM seeks input on proposed lease for new regional park


Plans for a regional park near Maricopa are advancing.

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to lease nearly 500 acres to Pinal County for the creation of Palo Verde Regional Park.

Pinal County has been working on the park – and several others – for many years as part of an effort to expand recreational areas for residents.

The bureau’s Lower Sonoran Field Office is seeking comments on a Recreation and Public Purposes Act application submitted by Pinal County for the proposal.

Palo Verde Recreation & Public Purposes Act Lease Project

“This is an opportunity for the public to have a voice in land use options in their community,” Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas said in a news release. “Public involvement can help shape experiences on public lands for all visitors to the area.”

Pinal County has identified the need for the park, which would include amenities such as hiking trails, picnic locations, camping sites and parking spaces that would enhance and expand recreational experiences in the area.

The public can submit comments concerning this project during a 45-day comment period which ends May 14, 2022.

Interested parties may mail written comments to the Lower Sonoran Field Office, Attn: Ryan Randell, Realty Specialist, 21605 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027, or fax to (623) 580-5580. Before including any personal identifying information in a comment, be aware that this information may be made available to the public at any time. You can find more information at This link