Not all residents are pleased with this focus.
Some believe, as does resident Don Bristow, that the needs of Oro Valley's residents should be the over reaching objective of determining the futue of Oro Valley's parks and recreation facilities.
Don spoke of this at the Oro Valley Town Council meeting of May 6. The following are his remarks:
Two Focus Areas were identified:
- Economic Development which was to: "Support cultural, entertainment and sporting events."
- Parks, recreation, and cultural development which had as a goal:
"Develop exceptional recreational and cultural facilities and programs that attract visitors and events that enhance residents’ quality of life and strengthens the economy."
I support parks and recreational opportunities for the residents of Oro Valley.
In my opinion the foremost purpose of our parks and recreational programs and facilities is to support the needs of the residents. This would include sporting events that result from Oro Valley team activities. Economic development and strengthening the economy shouldn’t be the primary reasons for our parks and recreational programs.
If the Town can’t support the parks and recreational needs of the majority of the residents first, it must tell us why.
Please change the focus of the Parks and Recreational Department to put the residents first.
Don Bristow is a long-time Oro Valley resident and 2014 candidate for Oro Valley Town Council. Don is a frequent speaker at Oro Valley council meetings and has been a member of various Oro Valley committees.