By Joe Pyritz, Public Information Officer Pinal County

Pinal County and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Lower Sonoran Field Office invites public input on a proposed Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act lease of a 498-acre parcel of public land for recreation development by Pinal County.

Under the proposal, the Pinal County Open Space and Trails would develop a variety of recreation facilities at the site, including picnic tables and shelters, equestrian and hiking trails, restrooms, car- and walk-in campsites and educational kiosks.

The R&PP Act allows for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to apply for the leasing of public lands for the construction and maintenance of facilities such as schools, fire stations, and parks.

“This R&PP lease is an example of how partners can come together along with the community to formulate ideas that may enhance the landscape,” said BLM Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas.

In order to process the lease request, the BLM has prepared an environmental assessment (EA). The EA provides analysis of the direct, indirect and cumulative effects of the R&PP lease.

An open house-style meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. on June 4, at the Superstition Mountain Campus, Community Room (B-126), 805 S. Idaho Road, in Apache Junction, Arizona.