Sahuarita addressing shortage of sports fields

2014-06-05T00:00:00Z Sahuarita addressing shortage of sports fieldsBy Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Sahuarita Town Council will consider a $63.3 million budget plan for next fiscal year that includes money for road and park projects. 

Plans call for $1.5 million to build two new sports fields at Quail Creek Veterans Municipal Park. 

Although there’s been a huge demand for parks in Sahuarita, sports fields had fallen off the priority list in recent years and now are back on the list, said town finance director A.C. Marriotti. 

Clubs including the American Youth Soccer Organization spoke to the Town Council recently about the need for new fields.

AYSO coach administrator Mark Harris said there aren’t enough fields for all the local youth sports teams and the fields get run down because they’re used so much. 

The two new fields would be used mostly for soccer but would be big enough for youth football, too, said parks director Debbie Summers. 

That’s good news for other sports, such as baseball, because they’ll be able to use multipurpose fields more often, said Paul Kramkowski, Copper Hills Little League president. “There’s an incredible need for those fields,” he said. 

The town’s $28 million capital projects budget includes widening Sahuarita Road from Old Nogales Highway to Country Club Road, with additional funding from the Regional Transportation Authority, and replacing the Pima Mine Road bridge. 

The plan includes no changes in taxes, but it increases some development fees.

The council could approve the tentative budget plan at its meeting Monday. The final budget vote and public hearing are planned for June 23.

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