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Community will have another opportunity May 3 to weigh in on Naranja Park proposal

April 26, 2017

Residents, stakeholders and park user groups who have not yet weighed in on the Naranja Park proposal will have another opportunity during the Public Comment portion of the May 3, 2017, Regular Town Council Meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive. Following public comment, Council is expected to make a decision on whether or not to place this item on the November ballot. Anyone who is unable to attend on May 3 can submit their input in advance of the meeting to Constituent Services Coordinator Jessica Hynd at All feedback will be provided to Council.

The proposal, which was originally presented to Council at its April 5, 2017, meeting, is the product of community requests to build and finance additional sport fields and related amenities at Naranja Park. The proposed improvements and necessary infrastructure would cost approximately $17 million. To finance the project, staff has recommended the issuance of general obligation bonds, which would be repaid through a secondary property tax.

About the proposal

The proposed plan for Naranja Park, which was developed in response to requests from residents and park user groups, is a partial build-out of the Council-approved 2015 Naranja Park Master Plan, and aligns with the voter-approved 2016 Your Voice, Our Future General Plan. The proposal includes (among other things): three multi-sport fields, a baseball/softball complex with four fields, lighting, restrooms, shade structures, a playground, mass grading, utility systems and an improved roadway from Naranja Drive to Tangerine Road.

Since citizens can't run a referendum on a bond, it is the job of Town Council to place this item on the ballot for public vote. Ultimately, any decision to issue bonds would be up to Oro Valley voters. But before the voters can decide, Council must consider the proposal and decide if they will refer it to the November ballot.

For complete details on the plan and funding proposal, click here to view the April 5 media release: Oro Valley Town Council to discuss community request for more fields at Naranja Park.