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Oro Valley Town Council approves improvements of Naranja Park

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Oro Valley Town Council has approved a resolution, authorizing the construction of improvements at Naranja Park.

The newly-approved plan includes the following features/amenities:

- Dog Park (1.1 acres) with separate areas/entrances for small and large dogs. The park includes a grass interior with dirt perimeter and a Ramada in each area.

- Two multi-sport fields (300' X 200') with turf boarders and lighting.

- Parking Lot (180 spaces), chop sealed, striped and with lighting.

Improvements also include grading 24.6 acres, bringing in electric utility from existing TEP facilities on the east side of the park, an improved parking lot and access road, and connecting potable and reclaimed water lines to existing Water Utility infrastructure.

Naranja Park, a 213-acre property on the north side of Naranja Drive and East La Canada, was obtained by the town through purchases in 1996 and 2000.

Identified as an ideal location for Regional Park, it became the subject of an extensive master-planning process in 2001, and an initial master plan adopted by Council in 2002. It has a price tag of $154 million.

In the years that would follow, very little progress was made at the undeveloped park, until the fixed-course archery range was built and opened Nov. 1, 2012.

With the success of this effort, and the community support it received, the town took a fresh, creative look at the development of Naranja Park.

What emerged was a plan for infrastructure phasing and alternate sources of funding. The price tag on the phase one of the project is $2.3 million, and work will begin Nov. 7, 2013.

"It's a more appropriate plan," said Greg Caton, town manager. "In 2008, our voters told us they didn't want to issue bonds for a big-ticket expense, and we heard them out and clear. Our new approach to developing Naranja Park lays down the required infrastructure, and then lets us add amenities a la carte, as funding is available, without going into debt or issuing bonds. We're very excited about this project."

Once constructed, the anticipated annual operating expense associated with these improvements is $120,000 for staff and operations and maintenance costs.

The anticipated annual direct revenue generated by these improvements will be approximately $25,000 from facility rental fees. 

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