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What are the latest plans for the Community Center, restaurant and golf?

In February 2018, Oro Valley Town Manager Mary Jacobs presented a preliminary plan to decrease operating costs, increase revenue, and invest in much-needed capital improvements at the Oro Valley Community Center. Now that Council has approved the FY 18/19 budget and the new fiscal year has begun, staff is taking steps to put the project into motion. As plans come together, an informational page will be set up on the Town’s website to keep the community up-to-date on our progress.

Project plan highlights include:

  • Golf course turf reduction on the two 18-hole courses, and replacement of their irrigation systems;
  • Plans for the Town to cease operating the nine-hole Pusch Ridge Golf Course near the Hilton Resort (The Town will explore opportunities to transition course operations to the Hilton Resort or develop a plan, in partnership with resort owner HSL and the adjacent HOA for alternate uses of the course);
  • Moving food and beverage operations downstairs and reconfiguring to a “fast casual” kitchen/bar with a more focused menu;
  • Reconfiguring the upstairs restaurant space to expand the facility’s fitness areas and program offerings, which are approaching capacity.

It is expected that the Cañada Golf Course will be temporarily closed for renovation in the spring/summer of 2019, and the Conquistador Golf Course will be renovated the following year. Renovation of the Community Center is projected to begin in May 2019.

All told, the Town projects that these improvements and adjustments would result in annual savings or revenue increases of $500,000 within one year following full implementation of these capital improvements.