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Improvement Updates

Newly rehabilitated Green Field

Newly rehabiliated Green Field - March 5, 2019

James D. Kriegh Park Improvement Updates

March 5, 2019 Project Update

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.
- Yogi Berra

Baseball is back at James D. Kriegh Park.  Over the past several months, Town staff and a team of contractors and suppliers worked to renovate the baseball fields at JDK Park.  Beginning March 15, CDO Little League takes the field in preparation for their opening day on March 30.  When the players hit the field, new infields, new grass, and fences await.  A new irrigation system designed and installed to keep the grass in tip top condition runs after hours.  The area outside the fences received a face lift, too with new grass for spectators and gravel mulch in high traffic areas.  Come join us at James D. Kriegh Park for baseball at its best.


November 9, 2018 Project Update

The outfield at Green Field (#1) has been graded, removing the grass. The next step will be scraping the infield and installing new irrigation.


October 22, 2018 Project Update

  • Met with Irrigation Company to revise parts list and finalize order
  • Blue stake was done once again to mark all utilities
  • Weeds were sprayed and removed by the dog park
  • Wire under bleachers was removed
  • Main line valves were exposed and checked for functionality

October 15, 2018 Project Update

  • Continued with fence removal
  • Worked with architect to adjust plans to move buster pump
  • Assigned contracts to three vendors:

                        A. Horizon, irrigation parts
                        B. Biff Baker Fence, fences
                        C. Design, Dan McGann and Associates

October 8, 2018 Project Update

  • Distributed plans to irrigation stores to obtain parts cost
  • Continued with fence removal
  • Gopher control with traps as irrigation system is not active
  • Removed concrete curbs around volleyball court
  • Removed sprinkler heads from area in front of OVAC where digging is taking place

September 28, 2018 Project Update

  • Received plans from Architect
  • Continued with wire fence removal
  • Valve and boxes excavating
  • Checked air relief valves
  • Checked gate valves to determine replacement needs

September 21, 2018 Project Update

  • Valve boxes excavated and removed
  • Continued removing old fence wires
  • Fenced area under construction
  • Placed trash cans and Mitt Mutts along sidewalk for regulars to continue using park sidewalks to access dog park
  • Completed site visits and finalized irrigation plans

September 14, 2018 Project Update

JDK Project began on Tuesday, September 2, with blue staking of entire facility and preliminary site visit by the Architect team.

The following is a list of items completed this week:

  • Stopped irrigation and turned water off for the park
  • Removed temporary Homerun Fences
  • Began removal of wire on all fences around fields
  • Sprayed all grass areas to rid of grass and weeds contamination
  • Began removal of all irrigation boxes
  • Removed all trash cans and Mitt Mutts from Park, except for Dog Park and Play area

NOTE: Grass areas were sprayed with Clean-up Pro (Glyphosate) and blue dye for easy identification of treated areas and for proper coverage. Application was made according to the label by a Certified Applicator. Used for more than 40 years, Glyphosate offers an economical and safe way to control weeds and unwanted grasses. It is safe to the environment, humans and animals when used according to its label.

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Initial press release:

OV to begin improvements at JDK Park Aug. 27; ballfields to re-open this spring
From August 27, 2018 through March 1, 2019, the Town of Oro Valley will close the ballfields at James D. Kriegh Park for major improvements, including new irrigation, new grass, laser-leveled fields, new fencing and dugouts, and upgraded restrooms. It is important to note that the closure applies only to the ballfields. Other park amenities, such as the playground, picnic tables, volleyball court, restrooms and dog park, will remain open.

As the oldest and most heavily-used park in Oro Valley, James D. Kriegh (JDK), located at 23 W. Calle Concordia, has an aging infrastructure dating back to 1974.

“The worn down grass and filled-in gopher holes on our ballfields make playability very difficult. Kids take a hard grounder to the nose because of less than ideal playing surfaces,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan. “This project will not only improve the playing surfaces, but the new irrigation system will improve the efficiency of water usage, aligning with the Town’s focus on conservation.”

The Town of Oro Valley greatly appreciates the patience of its residents and patrons during this closure. The Parks and Recreation Department has been working with park users and leagues to accommodate their needs and identify alternative facilities within the Town and with partners at Pima County and Marana.

We invite you to stay up-to-date on the coming improvements at JDK Park by following Oro Valley Parks and Recreation on Facebook, or visit the JDK Park web page at