Park Bond Project Details

1. Overview

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Oro Valley Town Council voted to approve $25 million in bond financing for various Parks and Recreation improvements. This is not a voter-approved bond that adds property taxes to cover the repayment. Rather, the cost for repayment of these bonds is in included in the sales taxes the Town already collects. More than half of the $25 million bond will be used to add amenities in Naranja Park, which were identified by the community in the recent parks master planning process. The bond will also fund projects at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center and expand Oro Valley’s quality multiuse path system.

The projects are anticipated to be completed over the next three years. As conceptual plans and the park bond continue to be finalized, details and timelines about each specific project are subject to change. Be sure to check this website often for updates, as it will be updated regularly once projects begin.

2. Naranja Park

The bond will bring more ways for Oro Valley to play at Naranja Park! As part of the bond proposal, additional multi-sport field are expected to be added to the four already at the park. Pickleball courts and basketball courts are also planned.

Families can look forward to cooling down at the proposed Naranja Park splash pad. This would be the second splash pad in Oro Valley; the first splash pad is at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center.

The $25 million bond is expected to bring two first-of-its-kind amenities to Oro Valley – a pump track and a skate park. A pump track is a looped path for bike riders. It’s designed to maximize momentum, so riders can enjoy it with minimal pedaling. The skate park is tailored to wheel sports (skateboards, scooters and bikes).

Here are some other upgrades expected to come to Naranja Park:

  • Paved paths
  • Ramadas
  • Restrooms
  • Associated Infrastructure 

For reference the concept plan for Naranja Park is included below. Please note that this concept plan is still subject to change and any changes will be communicated here as they are confirmed.

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3. Community Center

The bond is expected to fund improvements to the golf course irrigation system at both the Conquistador Golf Course and Cañada Golf Course.

As part of the bond proposal, the tennis courts at the Community and Recreation Center will be replaced and improved. The existing courts, which are built on asphalt, will be replaced with a post-tension concrete surface. Post-tension concrete courts require less maintenance over the life of the court and have a longer overall life expectancy than asphalt courts. In addition, post-tension concrete courts improve playability.

The parking lot at the Community Center is expected to be reconfigured and resurfaced to provide more parking for patrons. According to Parks and Recreation’s Master Plan, the reconfiguration of the parking lot will increase the number of stalls by 40%, replace the entry and parking lot surface and add additional shade trees in the area.

For reference the concept plan for Community Center is included below. Please note that this concept plan is still subject to change and any changes will be communicated here as they are confirmed.

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See below for a tentative timeline of the Community Center projects:

Conquistador Golf Course irrigation replacement

Start      May 2022
End        October 2022

Cañada Golf Course irrigation replacement

Start      May 2023
End        October 2023

Tennis courts

Start      April 2022
End        October 2022

Community Center parking lot

Start      August 2022
End        TBA

 

4. Multiuse Paths

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The following multiuse paths are expected to be constructed:

  • La Cañada Drive between Lambert Lane and Naranja Drive (April – July 2022)
  • Naranja Drive between La Cañada Drive and Naranja Park entry (July – December 2022)
  • Cañada del Oro (CDO) Wash to James D. Kriegh Park (TBA) 

Multiuse Paths Updates

On November 17, 2021, Oro Valley Town Council authorized and approved an agreement with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to fund the design and construction of the La Cañada Drive multiuse path between Lambert Lane and Naranja Drive. The agreement adds an additional $420,000 to the previously approved $25 million in bond financing for various Parks and Recreation improvements.

It should be noted that this agreement only funds this specific multiuse path. Because of the supplemental funding, the monies that would have been used on this project can now be distributed to other park-related projects.

5. Implementation Timeline

The order in which project construction is anticipated to begin and end has been tentatively planned as follows, subject to execution of contracts with qualified firms:

Tennis Courts

Start      April 2022
End        October 2022

La Cañada Drive multiuse path

Start      April 2022
End        July 2022

Conquistador Golf Course irrigation replacement

Start      May 2022
End        October 2022

Naranja Park (this will be phased with some elements opening sooner than others)

Start      July 2022
End        Fall 2024

Naranja Drive multiuse path

Start      July 2022
End        December 2022

Community Center parking lot

Start      August 2022
End       TBA

Cañada Golf Course irrigation replacement

Start      May 2023
End        October 2023

CDO Wash multiuse path

Start      TBD
End        TBD

6. Parks and Recreation Master Plan Background

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan was completed and presented to the Town Council in May 2021.  The plan was the culmination of an 18-month process that began in September 2019 and included significant community input and engagement.  The development of the plan was part of the Council’s Strategic Leadership Plan goal, which states, “Invest in and maintain a high-quality parks, recreation and trail system that is accessible, comprehensive, connected and serves the community’s needs.” The plan will serve as a guide for investments in parks and recreation amenities and programs for the next ten years.

On May 5, 2021, the Town Council voted to broaden the use of the half-cent sales tax originally dedicated to support the operation of the Town’s golf courses, community center, tennis courts and related amenities, to include construction of other parks and recreation facilities.  This change led to the Council authorizing $25 million in bond financing for a variety of parks and recreation projects paid from this restricted fund, while continuing to support the golf courses and community center facilities and programs. The bond will be repaid through sales taxes the Town already collects. No property or sales tax increases will be required.

On July 7, 2021, the Town Council voted to have the Naranja Park, Community and Recreation Center, and multiuse path projects funded by the $25 million bond financing.  Since this is a multi-year initiative, if additional funds are needed to complete the list of projects, the Town Council will be presented with further funding requests during the annual budget process. On September 22, 2021, the Town Council voted to issue the $25 million in bonds. 

How was data gathered for the master plan?

The Parks and Recreation master plan project included two phases – a Needs Assessment and development of a Comprehensive Master Plan.  The Needs Assessment, completed in the spring of 2020, identified community needs to create a foundation for future development of recreational facilities and opportunities for the Town over the next 10 years.  The data-driven Assessment included a review of current park facilities and amenities.  The assessment used various community gathering methods from user groups, stakeholders, Town staff and residents. The data was gathered using in-person meetings, opportunities to comment online or by email and a statistically valid survey.

Phase II, the Comprehensive Master Plan, included technical analyses of the current park facilities and program offerings through level of service standards and geographical analysis, as well as operational and connectivity reviews.  The consultant team prepared a capital improvement plan, as well as presenting funding and revenue strategies to achieve the plan’s goals.  Phase II also was refined through Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Town Council and community input. The final plan was presented to Town Council in May 2021.