Friday, November 3, 2017

Editorial ~ Fields of Dreams are already here

LOVE has compiled a list of 14 nearby ball fields to counter Yes on 454’s claim that more ball fields are “desperately needed” because “there simply aren’t enough fields to go around.” The following parks are located close to Oro Valley. Hours vary between 6 AM and 10 PM and all include restroom facilities.

Many of these parks also include basketball courts, tennis courts, ramadas, etc., but for the purpose of this article, we are providing information only on the availability of Little League, soccer, and multi-use fields.

Ann Day Community Park
7601 N Mona Lisa Road
baseball/softball fields
soccer field

Arthur Pack Regional Park
9101 N Thornydale
7 baseball fields
2 softball fields
1 soccer field

Continental Ranch Community Park
8900 N Coachline
4 Little League
2 soccer/multi-use fields

Continental Reserve Community Park
8568 N Continental Reserve Loop
2 Little League fields
2 soccer/multi-use fields

Crossroads at Silverbell District Park
7548 N Silverbell Road
3 lighted ball fields
2 lighted soccer/multi-use fields

Curtis Park
2110 W Curtis Road (off LaCholla)
1 lighted baseball field
2 lighted Little League fields

Dan Felix Park
5790 N Camino de la Tierra
4 lighted soccer fields

Denny Dunn Park
4400 W Massingale Road (near Old Father and Magee)
2 baseball fields
soccer field/football field

Flowing Wells Park
5510 N Shannon Road
2 lighted baseball/softball fields

George Mehl Park
4000 E River Road
4 lighted baseball fields
1 lighted soccer field

Gladden Farms Community Park
12205 N Tangerine Farms Road
2 Little League fields
1 soccer/multi-use field

Ora Mae Harn District Park
13250 N Lon Adams Road
5 lighted ball fields
1 lighted soccer/multi-use field

Wade McLean Neighborhood Park
8000 N Silverbell
1 Little League field
1 soccer/multi-use field

Wildwood Park
6201 N Parsley Road (near Orange Grove and Shannon)
1 softball field
soccer/multi-use field

But wait, there’s more!

Below are excerpts from Jack Stinnett’s two LOVE Guest Views, “Solving Oro Valley’s Little League Field Crisis” published on September 25th and “Solving Oro Valley’s Sports Field Crisis” published on August 30th.

A quick count shows that there are over 30 baseball fields within 8 miles of Naranja Park, many lightly used. The two parks located in Oro Valley are described below.

J.D. Kriegh Park is the home of the Canyon del Oro Little League. It has two excellent lighted competition fields and three practice fields used for baseball and softball. The park has restrooms, a snack bar and is well-maintained by Oro Valley Parks and Recreation.

Riverfront Park is the center for youth softball and has two lighted and well-maintained fields. Riverfront Park also has two lighted soccer/multi-purpose fields. This park has playgrounds, picnic areas for families, a nice walking path, and draws softball players from NW Pima County.

Listed below is a summary of Amphi baseball fields in and around Oro Valley:

Canyon del Oro High School……….…2 competition fields -- 3 practice fields
Ironwood Ridge High School……….…2 competition fields -- 2 practice fields
Wilson Middle School……………….…2 competition fields -- 2 practice fields
Coronado Middle School………………2 competition fields -- 3 practice fields

Editor’s Note: The FY 2017/18 budget already includes $1.046 MM for two new ball fields at Naranja Park…and more fields could be built with the $2 million dollar FY 2016/17 budget surplus. Rather than saddle homeowners with a $28 million dollar, 20-year long secondary property tax, Oro Valley sports youth could utilize the above-mentioned existing fields as we continue with the pay-as-you-go plan.