The Groundbreaking was held May 31, 2022.
The half-cent sales tax revenue now funds projects that benefit the entire community instead of dedicating millions of dollars to facilities used by only a small subset of town residents & outside play golfers.
In November 2022, Council approved a revised, value-engineered plan for the Naranja Park Expansion Project and other recreational projects that more closely met the allocated budget. Costs had increased 65%, primarily due to an inflationary 30-40% increase in construction material cost.
Projects are anticipated to be completed within three years.
Oro Valley acquired the 173-acre site from the State in 2000. It was combined with the 40-acre Copper Creek Ridge Park (acquired in 1996) to complete the Naranja Town Site regional park. The site was previously used as a sand & gravel pit & large portions were disturbed by this prior use.
PREVIOUS PLANNING PROJECTS
In 2002 the Town prepared a master plan for the site. This plan was updated in 2007. These plans called for the development of various recreational, cultural, and community facilities. In 2008 a bond was proposed (secondary property tax) that would have provided $53 million for the initial development of the park. The bond proposal was rejected by the residents of Oro Valley by a 60:40 margin.
In 2013, Council agreed to move forward with a "pay as you go" plan of $2.3 million. The plan included bringing utilities to the site and construction of a dog park with separate areas/entrances for small and large dogs with a ramada in each area; two multi-sport fields with turf borders and lighting; and a chip-sealed parking lot.
In 2017, however, the Town brought forth a $17 million general obligation bond proposal (that equated to a $28M property tax) for a partial buildout of Naranja Park. The plan called for new fields and other amenities, but hid the Event Center for a later phase. OV voters rejected it by a 71:29 margin.