November 12, 2020
NOTES FROM NOVEMBER 12 MEETING VOICING CONCERNS REGARDING THE TOWN'S PARKS AND REC PLANS LACK OF INVESTMENT IN RANCHO VISTOSO
November 12, 2020 - A consultant’s report and 10-year vision and concept plan for Oro Valley Parks and Recreation does not address the priority recreational needs of our Rancho Vistoso community. We hope you will attend the November 12 Parks and Rec open forum at 6:00 pm to voice your opinion. The meeting link can be found here under "Needs Assessment and Master Plan documents." (It is part way down the page in a group of blue boxes with titles).
There also is a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday, November 17. You can join this meeting to voice concerns that the Consultant’s vision does not match the recreational priorities identified by the community. The link to join this meeting will be posted on Oro Valley’s Meeting and Agenda pages which you will be able to access here.
Based on surveys and community input, the top priorities of the Oro Valley community are investments in open space and trails. The report from PROS Consulting ignores these priority needs. We need to emphasize that one of the goals in the consultant’s report should be providing trails and open space in Rancho Vistoso.
The report does not recommend any investments in Rancho Vistoso and focuses on making improvements and adding amenities to existing parks and facilities in the center of Town. The Town’s recreational investment is almost exclusively between Lambert Lane and Naranja Drive.
PROS Consulting highlighted service areas by “Equity Mapping” and included service area circles. These maps do not include most of Rancho Vistoso or Sun City. The Town of Oro Valley is not planning to invest in any parks and recreation facilities or programs north of Tangerine.
It has been a long running policy of the Town Management to label Rancho Vistoso and Sun City as “self sufficient” communities. What seems at odd with Rancho Vistoso being called self sufficient is that the consultant’s report also said that the Vistoso Community Association HOA mini-parks have almost no recreational value and that HOA funding is not secure to keep these parks operating. That has been evident during our pandemic as the HOA mini- parks did not have the resources to remain open, but the Town parks received federal funds to keep many of its parks open.
Rancho Vistoso and Sun City are about 40 percent of the Town’s population. We have been part of Oro Valley since 1987. We pay taxes to support Oro Valley services and government. We pay HOA dues to support our so-called mini-parks.
You can listen to the consultant’s presentation here and start listening 9 minutes 30 seconds into the meeting.
You can also listen here to an Oro Valley Podcast with a Preserve Vistoso representative discussing how the vision presented in the Parks and Rec study does not meet the priorities voiced by the community.