Oro Valley residents will soon have a new and improved Naranja Park, as the town hosts a groundbreaking ceremony on January 27.
Construction on several projects to include a dog park, two multi-sport fields and a new lighted parking lot has already started. Further improvements include grading an additional 24.6 acres, bringing in electricity, as well as a better parking lot and access road, and connecting water lines to existing services.
All projects are expected to be complete by the end of spring, beginning of summer when sod will be installed; all new fields and amenities should be complete by late 2014, early 2015.
"We're excited to be breaking ground on this much-anticipated project," commented Mayor Satish I. Hiremath, in a recent news release. "The amenities at Naranja Park will be a tremendous asset to our residents, visitors and athletes of all ages from around the region."
Current park amenities include a fixed-range archery course, two walking archery courses, a multi use path system and a flying strip for remote-controlled aircraft.
Naranja Park remained largely undeveloped until 2012 when the fixed archery range was built, according to an Oro Valley release, the project received huge community support. So town officials decided to reanalyze plans for developing the park and this new plan was created.
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