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The Superstition Foothills
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In October 2010, the Botanical Walk at Silly Mountain Park was completed. Built through a collaboration between the Superstition Area Land Trust (SALT) and the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department, the trail is a gradual 1/3 mile pathway laid out in a figure-8 design, paved with compacted crushed granite and lined with native Sonoran desert plants. The path can be walked easily by people of all ages and is wheel-chair accessible.
The initial dream for the trail came from SALT Vice President Don Wells. The idea was nurtured through a community input process and then transformed into a planting plan and detail design by Nick Blake, Apache Junction Parks Superintendent and City Landscape Architect. Apache Junction Parks & Recreation did the clearing and compacting of the pathway with assistance from Smiling Dog Landscapes. The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation staff installed the water lines and drip system; the construction of the pathway was done by the SALT Trail Builders Crew under the direction of Don Wells and crew chief Al Lines. Funding for the project was provided by a $35,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
Over 280 indigenous plants from 35 different species have been planted along the walk. Many of the plants and hardscapes were donated by local firms and organizations. Signs along the pathways identify plants including their edible and medicinal uses.