A pretty big crowd of outdoor recreational citizens gathered at the Carson City Community Center Thursday evening to help the city make up its mind on how to improve access and overall enjoyment of the 25-hundred acre city-owned Prison Hill.
The city’s big water tank is very close to the proposed “make-over” area. City staff said citizen polling indicated that they would like to see dramatic improvements to the dirt roads in the area, while others prefer to see an access road reach much higher on the hillside. Staff seemed to prefer a simple parking area at the eastern end of Koontz Lane after it crosses Edmonds Drive. It was plain that they enjoy primarily the lower reaches of Prison Hill. But others would like to see easier access to the higher reaches of Prison Hill with a parking area higher up.
But there was a third suggestion – that as long as the city is contemplating a lower elevation parking lot, why not add another one higher up, expanding the hiking opportunities from the top of the western slope and beyond to the Carson River on the east side. There were also those who observed that with a higher access point it would reduce the number of motorists congregating at the bottom of the hill where vehicular noise levels might be disruptive to nearby homeowners and their families.
The meeting was very well attended prompting city staff to closely examine all options suggested by local citizens, especially as they pertain to the cost of the various designs. It was also suggested that depending on the cost of a “two site” parking proposal, that the city could afford to build the lower parking area first, then the one higher up could be built with funds from a community-wide fundraiser. Lots to think about
No definite decisions were made which means no construction for quite a while. They’re still looking for funding which requires a completed design of the project before any grant money can be awarded.