Oro Valley is an active community that appreciates our year round outdoor recreation opportunities. Our Town Parks and Recreation Department does a fine job providing facilities and programs for our residents.

The 2020 Oro Valley comprehensive study of resident support of existing facilities and the need for new facilities and programs has been published. The study results show that most residents want more hard surface walking paths and expanded trails in existing parks, more activity programs for seniors, and more events at Steam Pump Ranch. The two highest used amenities were the multi-use trail and Steam Pump Ranch events.

Click HERE for Oro Valley resident statistical study results.

For me, Town Parks and Recreation priorities include finishing the planned build out of Naranja Park to complement the youth sports fields and dog parks with additional amenities – the playground under construction, picnic ramada and paved walking paths and hiking trails. Further, finishing Naranja Park, and investing in Steam Pump Ranch improvements were cited as creating economic benefits for Oro Valley.

In 2017 the former council proposed bonding $17 million for a partial park build out of Naranja Park. The proposition 454 property tax was rejected by over 70% of town voters.

The way forward is for the town to complete Naranja Park and Steam Pump Ranch improvements on a “pay as you go” basis, funding necessary improvements in each year’s budget instead of the town levying additional property taxes on residents and businesses.