Needles, CA: Detailing how would a Route 66 Colorado River Walk benefit and beautify the community.

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Needles, CA: Detailing how would a Route 66 Colorado River Walk benefit and beautify the community.

Members of the Needles City Council was presented with a detailed PowerPoint presentation discussing all of the benefits and beaut of having a Route 66 Colorado River Walk along the Colorado River in Needles, California.

PowerPoint presentation by Marilyn Mathews was presented during a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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Marilyn Mathews discussed how the Route 66 Colorado River Walk will benefit the City of Needles as well as the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.

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  1. A Route 66 Colorado River Walk will support and augment the Route 66 theme, with which we hope to encourage more visitors to our community in an effect to help Needles, California become, not just be a place to pass through, but a destination.
  2. The Route 66 Colorado River Walk will provide not only a walkway/running path, but will also feature a Vita-Course, which is a strategically placed variety of exercise workouts available at different stations along the course. This is a feature that promotes good exercise, which in turn, has the potential to build healthier community.  The course will be wheelchair accessible.
  3. The Route 66 Colorado River Walk will also feature an educational component; the local trees and other plants will be identified with appropriate plaques for the benefit of local students and travelers passing through. 
  4. The Route 66 Colorado River Walk will be an excellent additional opportunity to promote and showcase our community’s primary asset; The Colorado River. 
  5. The Route 66 Colorado River Walk will feature not only information about Historic Route 66, but will also display signage denoting the significant and consequential role that the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe has played with its contribution to the rich history our Colorado River area.

Marilyn Mathews then discussed the different benefits and vision, using pictured examples from other walk paths locations, of what the Route 66 Colorado River Walk can be like in Needles, California.

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Marilyn Mathews talked about picnic shading structures, drinking fountain and trees that can be placed along the Route 66 Colorado River Walk for people to enjoy and relax under on those hot summer days as well as bike rack area, quarter mile markers and fitness trail exercise stations (Vita-Course) that can be placed along the Route 66 Colorado River Walk for walkers and runners can use as part of their fitness exercise.

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Marilyn Mathews then talked about how will the Route 66 Colorado River Walk can be beautifully clean by placing trash bins, recycling bins and dog poop bag stations along the Route 66 Colorado River Walk as well as giving the people the opportunity to adopting portions of the Route 66 Colorado River Walk like they would adopt a highway.

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The vision of the Route 66 Colorado River Walk came up a few months ago when Marilyn Mathews presented the idea to members of the Needles City Council during a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

Initially, Marilyn Mathews drawn out the plan on a map that was provided by the City of Needles’ planner; the map indicated that she was proposing to use land which belonged to the City of Needles, Bureau of Land Management, and the State of California.

But during a Needles City Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting held on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, some controversy arose over the ownership of the previously designated land.

Well the matter was being looked into regarding land ownership, Marilyn Mathews prepared a Plan B for the Route 66 Colorado River Walk.

Already equipped with parking lot areas, drinking fountains and restrooms, Marilyn Mathews thinks that Jack Smith Memorial Park would be a ready made trail-head.

The Plan B for the Route 66 Colorado River Walk would also be connected to the City of Needles’ proposed city urban trail plan, a stipulation that is critical in obtaining some grants.

Marilyn Mathews discussed more about what she had to do and who she talked with as part of putting together a Plan B for the Route 66 Colorado River Walk.

According to Marilyn Mathews, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels provided maps of this new area for Plan B for the Route 66 Colorado River Walk and found that the land below the Lower Bureau Lagoon is extremely hatched up.

Marilyn Mathews began calling the Bureau of Reclamation and went to the Game and Fish Department as well as the Havasu Bureau of Land Management.

According to Marilyn Mathews, Sherry Ahrens, with the Bureau of Land Management, was very helpful – apparently the Bureau of Land Management often manages the Bureau of Reclamation land. It would be necessary to get across the privately owned land to reach Bureau of Land Management land.

Marilyn Mathews then had a meeting with John McCormick, who owns development rights for much of this property and is a contractor/realtor in Bullhead City, Arizona.

According to Marilyn Mathews, John McCormick was very knowledgeable and patiently provided a history of the previous attempts that had been made to develop that area.

But, after listing to John McCormick detailing the challenges involved, Marilyn Mathews could see that going in this direction was not a viable option at this time.

However, Marilyn Mathews said that John McCormick said that should a development be planned sometime in the future, we need to step up in making sure the Route 66 Colorado River Walk is written into the plan, preventing the unfortunate situation seen at the Rio Bueno Vista development, where somehow missed the boat and allowed the mostly vacation dwellings come right to the Colorado River very edge, making it impossible for citizens in Needles, California to share and enjoy our Colorado River frontage.

Marilyn Mathews then discussed how she wants to expand the Route 66 Colorado River Walk vision by connecting the initial Plan A located behind the River Toys Boat and RV Storage and just east of Needles Highway and the Plan B location at Jack Smith Memorial Park and near South Bureau Bay.

Marilyn Mathews tells members of the Needles City Council that the community deserves a beautiful river walk that showcases our finest assets, the Colorado River, and believes that this can be done within her lifetime.

With the vision of the Route 66 Colorado River Walk in front of them, the hope is that some day soon, the City of Needles will have a Route 66 Colorado River Walk for all people to enjoy.

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