ORO VALLEY PARKS & RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
Hopi Conference Room
11000 N. La Canada Drive
ORO VALLEY, ARIZONA 85737
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
|Adam Wade, Chair |
Joseph Winfield, Vice Chair
Sue Bishop, Member
Thomas Carle, Member
Sarah Corning, Member
Alison Sutton-Ryan, Member
Member Corning arrived at 5:50 p.m.
STAFF PRESENT: Mary Snider, Town Councilmember Liaison
Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Parks & Recreation Director
Nancy Ellis, Multimodal Planner
spoke about his interest in volunteering to assist the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
MOTION: A motion was made by Vice Chair Winfield
and seconded by Member Sutton-Ryan to approve the February 12, 2015 special session minutes as written.
MOTION carried, 5-0.
Parks and Recreation Director Diaz-Trahan reviewed the Strategic Facilities Plan.
The Board and staff discussed the following:
- Definitions of park types
- A lack of parks within walking distances to homes (neighborhood parks)
- Misspelling of the word "facilities" and a numbering error
- Adding language referring to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
- Input from the community on a regular basis through surveys
- Compare national standards and Oro Valley's inventory to identify gaps and assist in making decisions on future acquisitions
- Adding language regarding going green and sustainability
- Need for more playgrounds for children with different needs
- Adding direction about neighborhood parks in Section D
- List of priority items should match the top five items on the Statistically Valid Survey and remove the word "Naranja"
- Include the Town in the section about funding received for Steam Pump Ranch
- The new Community and Recreation Center could be handled as an amendment
MOTION: A motion was made by Member Sutton-Ryan
and seconded by Member Carle to approve the Strategic Facilities Plan, with the changes indicated below, as well as the potential amendment to address the purchase of the Oro Valley Country Club.
Changes include the following:
- Add private parks to inventory of neighborhood parks
- Add Section D to page 6, to compare the Town's inventory with national and regional standards
- Add the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to the document
- Include updates and feedback in the Summary section
- Remove Naranja from page 6, 1A to reflect parks in general
- Change wording of priority amenities to match the Statistically Valid Survey
- Add Oro Valley as a funding source for Steam Pump Ranch, on page 5
- Add the purchase of the Oro Valley Country Club as an amendment
- Add sustainable verbiage to Section B on Park Amenities
- Numbering correction
- Editing correction to use the word "facilities" instead of "faculties"
- Identify gaps to help make decisions on additional properties
- Continual feedback to include statistical surveys done every 5 years
MOTION carried, 6-0.
Ms. Diaz-Trahan discussed the area currently being called "Bosque Park". She asked about renaming the park, so signage may be developed. The park connects to a multi-use path and has picnic tables and parking.
The Board agreed to have a naming contest through the local high schools. The Youth Advisory Council will review the suggestions, since they represent all Oro Valley high schools. The suggestions will go to the Town and the Youth Advisory Council can select the best five entries. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will select the winner.
Chair Wade discussed the reports and assignments in relation to the Members. The following changes were made:
- Item D changed to "Sports and Programming"
- Naranja Park Improvements item will be replaced with "Parks & Facilities"
- "APRA" will be added, to determine a curriculum for Boards & Commissions Day
Chair Wade discussed the potential layout of the soccer fields at Naranja. There could be space between the fields for concrete areas and bleachers.
Chair Wade discussed the following:
- Bicycle Advisory Committee will send a letter to the Town with suggestions
- The Town did a fog seal on the streets and markings are gone. They recommend painting the symbol for preferential treatment for bicyclist
- They recommend consistency on the multi-use paths striping
- They recommend bike route signs to indicate schools, parks and other facilities (as part of a signage strategy)
- Limited parking for trailhead on Linda Vista
Member Sutton-Ryan discussed the following:
- Public restrooms will be at Naranja Park
- Condition of the grass at Naranja Park
- Public interest in early childhood programs
- Interest in a women's soccer league to schedule games Friday nights at Naranja Park
Member Bishop provided updates on the following Youth Advisory Council (YAC) activities:
- Involvement in three weekends of theatre shows
- Working with Catalina Care Center
- Developing an anti-bully program for the middle schools
- Teen event in the park and Dive-In movie nights
- Interest in Town happenings and Town Council meetings
- Application process happens soon, as seniors leave
Vice Chair Winfield said the last Community Committee meeting was March 5, 2015 and Parks and Recreation was represented well in the General Plan. The specific policies and actions are on the website. These will be reviewed and revised one more time.
Ms. Diaz-Trahan reviewed past and upcoming Town events and provided an update on the acquisition of the Community and Recreation Center.
- Naming Bosque Park
- Board assignments and reports
- Presentation about zoning and how that affects parks
The next meeting will be held on May 19, 2015.
MOTION: A motion was made by Chair Wade
adjourned the meeting at 8:12 p.m.
Senior Office Specialist
I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the special session of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board of Oro Valley, Arizona held on the 10th day of March, 2015. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.