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County seeks more information on trailhead project

The Pahrump Land Advisory Committee will have to provide Nye County with more information on a proposed trailhead park before the project moves forward.

At the meeting on June 21, Nye County officials requested the committee to come back with a plan for a parking area and a trailhead on Homestead Road and its cost before the project moves forward.

Linda Hatley, a member of the Pahrump Land Advisory Committee and organizer for the project, initially requested $10,000 to construct the trailhead and dog park at 9301 S. Homestead Road.

Hatley showed Nye County commissioners a model of the proposed park.

“There are 30 acreas that were pulled from the treasurer to give to the (Nye County Department of) Public Works for a flood basin and we are asking to use part of that for a safe parking area for horse trailers to allow riding in a desert area,” Hatley said.

“We also feel our town would benefit from having a dog park, so residents from Pahrump or visitors staying in our hotels could play safely with their dogs without losing them in a desert,” she added.

Nye County Commissioner Dan Schinhofen said he supports the trailhead park, but said he was not in favor of the dog park or barbecue pits because they will require maintenance.

“I would like an area for them to park and possibly a trail down Homestead (Road) toward lake’s bed, so they can take off, you can go wherever you want from there, it’s close to that,” he said.

“A place to park and start with a trailhead and let’s see how it goes. That’s great,” he said.

Hatley said the Pahrump Land Advisory Committee wants to do it as a volunteer project, but will need financial assistance to purchase the materials for construction.

Additionally, Hatley asked to use approximately 4.9 acres of the county-owned property located at 9301 S. Homestead Road for construction of a trailhead and dog park.

Hatley said she had had a meeting with Dave Fanning, director of the Nye County Department of Public Works about using some part of the 30 acres. Fanning offered to use 4.9 acres.

The parking area would need to be on the end that Homestead Road touches to comply with Nye County Codes and Nevada State Regulations.

Commissioners said that they will allow the county property to be used by the town of Pahrump for a trailhead and dog park provided that it meets the funding criteria when it comes back as presented.

The park will have no electricity or water. The plan presented by Hatley said it will have 20 trailer spots and 30 auto spots in the park.

Contact reporter Daria Sokolova at dsokolova@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @dariasokolova77

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