By Selwyn Harris
The progress on Kellogg Park is moving right along as scheduled according to Town of Pahrump Buildings and Grounds Manager Matt Luis.
An aerial map of the 80-acre facility located on the south end of town shows what soon will feature walking trails, a nature habitat, along with a playground and dog park.
Luis said the Town of Pahrump Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has planned a community cleanup project scheduled to get underway tomorrow.
“They are having cleanup day out there on Saturday for the general public to help Oscar Guarjardo from the parks and recreation board. They are just doing general cleanup from 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m. We are also working on the well improvements on Kellogg and putting in a water line to the north end of Kellogg. It’s very basic out there at this point until I get further instructions on where we are going to go with it. Funds are limited so we will see where we will go from there. Right now that is all that is going on with the general cleanup. We might also get a little walking trail in there,” he said.
Luis also said the land is divided into two 40-acre parcels but only one parcel will be worked on this weekend.
“The only part that has been designated for the park right now is the north 40. The bottom half of that is what we are focusing on with phase I and II on Kellogg,” he said.
Guarjardo on Tuesday said he is pleased with how the project is moving along thus far.
“If you want a park, we all must get involved as a community to make it happen. Everyone must chip in to help this project along. The first phase that I would like to see is just basic wildlife scenery, walking trails and picnic tables. It will be a place where families can go and enjoy the views,” he said.
Guarjardo also said as the project moves along funding will be one main area of concern.
“The big money is to make sure that the wells are put in for the future as well as the pipelines. Once it begins, we can make it a continuous thing. We can do one area at a time. The elderly can have a walking path where they can either walk or ride their electric scooters. On the other section, we can have a bike route and trails. In the middle of the park is where we can have the playground with swings and other stuff. It’s not going to get done overnight but every month we can do something to move it along,” he said.
Board member Dr. Tom Waters said though he has not been briefed entirely on the park project, he is pleased with what he has learned up to this point.
“I saw the drawings some time back. Matt Luis came over to the Youth Advisory Board and briefed the youth on everything that they were doing with all of the parks and the youth were also very pleased. That’s when I saw what they had planned,” he said.
Waters’ colleague Bill Dolan said the acreage along Kellogg Road is an excellent location for a park when one considers that the town’s other parks are a long drive from the south end of town.
“We needed to establish a park on the south end of town. I don’t anticipate doing all of the 40 acres in one shot. We can’t bite off more than we can chew. We have to live within our budget with what money we have set aside for parks,” he said.
On Thursday Luis, meanwhile, provided an additional update on the fairgrounds project, which he said is moving along quite nicely.
He also wanted to make a clarification between the two ongoing projects.
“Phase I is pretty much complete out there and all it had was the parking lot and getting the ground flat. That will be complete by the end of this week. We are actually going to do the final walkthrough for phase I on Friday. I want to make a distinction between these two locations is Kellogg is going to be more like your community park type situation. The fairgrounds is more of a sports complex type facility where large crowds are going to go. Any large events will be held at the fairgrounds,” he said.
Luis also said he and town staff will soon be embarking upon phase II of the fairgrounds project.
“With the next phase, we are trying to figure out the funding. We are also trying to complete a fence around the entire project and also bring in power and water to the site. That’s what we are trying to accomplish on phase II and that’s as far as we are over at the fairgrounds at this point. We are trying to put together the cost of the fence and bring in the power so that is what’s going to dictate how far we get with phase II,” he said.