● February 3, 2020 Edition:
Update on opportunities to participate in Oro Valley Survey of Parks and Recreation
February 3, 2020 -- As many of you know, the Town of Oro Valley commissioned PROS consulting to do a comprehensive needs assessment and master plan for Oro Valley Parks and Recreation, and to recommend an overall plan for the future. We packed the town hall on January 23 with Preserve Vistoso members enthusiastically supporting the need to preserve the former Vistoso Golf Course as a nature preserve and community trail. A recent survey by a leading conservation group puts Oro Valley near the bottom of the list of communities that provide easy access to a park or recreational area. We could change the town rankings by preserving the more than six miles of cart paths on the former Vistoso Golf Course as a nature preserve and community trail.
At the January 23 meeting, the PROS consultant reported receiving more than 500 comments through its website survey. Preserving Vistoso Golf Course as Open Space ranked among the top three in the number of comments received. If you have not participated in this brief survey, you can access the website www.planyourparksov.com. It asks for your name, email, the subject (park study) and has a box for your message. You can enter – Preserve the former Vistoso Golf Course as a nature preserve and community trail. Every comment is important.
In February and March, the PROS consulting firm will conduct a random sampling of the Oro Valley community. Random samplings are statistically valid surveys that sample by location and demographics. If you receive this survey in the USPS mail, it would be extremely important to complete it. You would become a voice for all of us.
In April, there will be another on-line survey from Oro Valley and its PROS consultant. Once we know more, we will let you know how to participate.
In May, there will be critical meetings where we can demonstrate our support for preserving the former Vistoso Golf Course. PROS consulting will provide key findings of the Community Engagement Process to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and to Town Council in May. Once we know the dates, we will let you know and hope you will be available to attend those meetings.
Community support is critical, so we need to continue to demonstrate the importance of preserving the former golf course as a top priority for Oro Valley.