Pima County’s first park in Green Valley – Canoa Preserve Park – will be dedicated on Tuesday, March 26.
Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, District 4, will speak at the dedication, which begins at 9 a.m. at the park at 3500 S. Camino de la Canoa, south of White House Canyon Road.
The Born Again Jocks Association (BAJA), a Green Valley community sports and service club, and Special Olympics athletes will play a softball game on one of the park’s two finished fields after the dedication.
The need for the park developed more than a decade ago when BAJA attracted so many softball players that enough fields were hard to find. Chuck Catino, a 16-year resident of Green Valley, charter member of the BAJA club and a member of the Pima County Parks and Recreation Commission, has led the effort to secure land, solicit services, and raise funds.
Canoa Preserve Development Partners LLC donated about 53 acres of a former sand and gravel site and a well on South Camino de la Canoa northwest of its planned Canoa Preserve subdivision and east of the Farmers Investment Co. (FICO) pecan groves. Local businesses such as Caterpillar, Sierra Mining and Crushing, and FICO contributed in-kind services to prepare the site for the park improvements.
In August, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to allocate $250,000 to the park to match funds raised by the Sahuarita Unified School District and private donors.
Plans for the park include two additional softball fields, covered bleachers, a dog park, ramadas and picnic areas, a playground, trails, restrooms, and parking. The total cost is estimated at $6.5 million.
The Pima County Bond Advisory Committee has tentatively approved $4 million for the park for inclusion in a Pima County bond proposal to be submitted to voters on an as yet undetermined date. If approved, revenue generated from the sale of general obligation bonds would help fund park construction.
Tax-deductible donations to continue construction of the park are being accepted by the Pima County Parklands Foundation, c/o Gregoria Tucker, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department, 3500 W. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741. Checks should indicate that the donation is “restricted for BAJA Project #137.”