Thursday Northwest Star preview: Oro Valley council votes to develop Naranja Park

2013-11-20T13:00:00Z Thursday Northwest Star preview: Oro Valley council votes to develop Naranja ParkBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Oro Valley needs more space to play, so the town is creating it.

The Town Council voted 7-0 at its Nov. 6 meeting to authorize $2.3 million in improvements at Naranja Park.

When the dust clears, the park will include two lighted, 60,000-square-foot multisport grass fields bordered with turf.

The town also will create a 1.1-acre dog park with separate grass enclosures for large and small dogs, with ramadas in both areas, and add a 180-space chip-sealed, lighted parking lot.

Crews will grade 24.6 acres, extend utilities from Tucson Electric Power Co. facilities on the east side of the park and connect water lines to existing infrastructure.

Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan said the park will be a boon for town recreation. Oro Valley now has two parks with multiuse fields: Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane, and James D. Kriegh Park, 23 E. Calle Concordia.

“Currently, we have two multisport facilities, so essentially we’re increasing that by 100 percent,” Diaz-Trahan said, adding that different sports’ demands on fields creates scheduling difficulties. “By increasing the number of our facilities, we greatly help not only ease the demands on existing fields, but keep pace with the booming demand that we have.”

Diaz-Trahan said the park is just what the community has been seeking.

“People were hoping for it, not just from the multisport community, but also folks playing basketball and softball,” she said.

Read more in Thursday's Northwest Star.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.

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