Oro Valley's Parks and Recreation Department has created a draft strategic plan. The draft was reviewed the Parks and Recreation Commission in January. The draft calls for meeting the needs of both Oro Valley's residents and those it can attract to play in Oro Valley.
The strategy identifies 3 areas of emphasis:
According to the draft, Oro Valley Valley's recreational facilities are scattered all over the town.
The draft strategy calls for consolidating the needs of large user groups. Once the fields at Naranja are completed, Kreigh Park fields would be converted to little league baseball fields. Riverfront fields would be converted to softball only fields. The tennis court at Riverfont Park would be converted to a second basketball court, pending the town's purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club.
"While this consolidation plan for park uses will result in dedicated parks for certain types
of activities, it is the goal of the Department to ensure that there is a net gain of fields
during and after the transition, rather than a loss in capacity."
According to Parks and Recreation Department Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan, the town has identified promoting tourism to bring dollars to Oro Valley. Oro Valley wants to promote events. such as those at the aquatic center.
"In addition to its primary purpose of meeting the recreational and programming needs of its
residents, the Town has placed an additional emphasis on tourism as a revenue source for the
This includes sports tourism, historical and cultural tourism and eco-tourism.
The strategy notes that: "The Department must be cognizant of this additional focus in determining the mix of
facilities for the future, as bed tax revenues play an integral part in providing funding for
Departmental goals in the absence of a property tax on residents."
Park Facility Acquisitions
The strategy also identifies opportunistic acquisition of property as a way of growing the parks and recreation infrastructure.
"Many of these opportunities may appear in a manner
which requires a timely response, such as in the case of new development or a property
sale." Perhaps this is in reference to Oro Valley's planned purchase of the El Conquistador Country Club. If the purchase is consummated, it will add tennis and golf recreation to Oro Valley's public offerings.
The draft strategy will be reviewed a second time by the Parks and Recreation Commission in March. It will then be reviewed with the Oro Valley Town Council later that month. Once approved, the Parks and Recreation Department will use it to create a master parks and recreation plan.