Being built to reflect more of the town’s community and history, the first phase of the Marana Heritage River Park is close to completion. The first phase is the community and demonstration garden.
During the next few weeks, all of the trees and vegetation will be planted. The garden is in an area where residents can eat the food grown and learn more about planting.
Along with the garden, the town is currently asking for bids to finish the park’s parking lot and restrooms. A contract should be in place by the end of this month.
The projected cost for building the parking, lighting, access areas and restrooms is estimated at $278,000.
The Town of Marana is also collecting bids for the construction of a themed splash pad. According to Town Manager Gilbert Davidson, the town has received preliminary drawings of the area, which will be 4,000 square feet in size and at estimated cost of $747,000.
“The drawings were showing some farm themes such as sunflowers and tractors and horse heads that shoot water out of them and water coming out of the ground,” said Davidson. “This is going to be one of the largest splash pads in the region.”
As for the last area of the park, the Heritage Ranch, which will include two rodeo arenas, lights, concessions stands, restrooms, speakers, a maintenance facility, horse stalls and more - the town is still working through the details of the project. The town council will hold a study session on June 24 to discuss the additional research that was done.
“We’re trying to make sure that we’re doing what they want,” said Davidson. “We want what the council envisioned to fit within that area and we’ll be getting feedback from them.”
The Heritage Ranch is the most expensive area with an estimated cost of around $7.9 million. The two arenas are projected to be 150 by 300 feet - both of which will hold numerous sporting events in order to draw in the community and people from other regional areas.
“I think that we’ve had a lot of positive feedback,” said Davidson. “The splash pad especially has had an overwhelming support and families are excited about it.”
Down the road, once the temperatures cool down, Davidson says that a ribbon cutting ceremony will most likely take place to more formally introduce the Marana Heritage River Park. The park is expected to be completed by summer of 2015.