Oro Valley Aquatic Center snags state award

2013-09-06T13:00:00Z Oro Valley Aquatic Center snags state awardPhil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

According to a state organization, Oro Valley Aquatic Center is one of the top recreational facilities in Arizona.

The swim center won the 2013 Outstanding Facility Award for Populations 25,000-100,000 from the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association. The facility stood out for areas including its design, aesthetics and impact on leisure opportunities for the community.

“We’re excited to receive statewide recognition for this amazing facility, which is drawing competitors from all over the United States as well as meeting the recreational needs of our residents,” Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath said in a news release. “And it’s already having a tremendous impact on our community’s economic health—something that will continue to build in the coming years.”

The center, which opened March 15 at 680 W. Calle Concordia, was funded as a $5 million capital improvement project designed to boost the town's recreation and tourism industries. According to the town, the facility is on track to generate about $2 million annually in economic activity.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.

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The Star's Northwest team, Tiffany Kjos and Phil Villarreal, write this blog, which focuses on all of northern Pima County, including Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley, Oro Valley and Catalina; and SaddleBrooke in Pinal County. They welcome contributions via email at northwest@tucson.com

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