Marana, Oro Valley seek resident help for parks & rec plans

Independently of one another, Marana and Oro Valley are turning to their respective residents to help determine each town's future parks and recreation plans.

As Tucson's northwestern suburbs gain in popularity and residential neighborhoods expand to the area, Oro Valley and Marana officials realize the demographics, wants and needs of its residents are ever changing.

Both towns are seeking input from residents regarding everything from neighborhood sport courts, trail heads and town-funded recreational programs.

Marana has gained more than 30,000 people since 2000, and adjacent Oro Valley has gained 10,000 in the same time period.

In addition to what the public would like to see from its parks department, Oro Valley will also seek funding preferences. Its voters in 2017 nixed a $17 million bond proposal for park funding.

In addition to skateboard parks and indoor basketball courts, the towns are also receiving input to support funding pickleball courts and dog parks.

Both towns serve a wide demographic from youth and young families to retirees.

According to a recent report, Marana officials will compile the responses and, along with an advisory committee, present its finding to the town mayor and council as early as May. Oro Valley, though operating independently of Marana, is on a similar timeline to present findings from its surveys.

For more details and the full report, see the report on Tucson.com

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