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Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:23 am

OV Procurement Division wins achievement

For the fifth year in a row, Oro Valley’s Procurement Division has received the National Procurement Institute’s (NPI) Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award was presented to Procurement Administrator, Brian Garrity.

 “This is a great achievement for the Town of Oro Valley,” Garrity said. “The procurement function was established in September 2007, and to receive this award every year since then shows the Town’s commitment to excellence in the procurement field.” The Town is one of only 15 government agencies in Arizona, and one of only 54 cities nationwide to receive the award.

 This award program is part of an effort by the NPI to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement. During the application process, the Institute looks at an organization’s electronic procurement system, professional certification of staff, environmental purchasing practices, formal procurement ethics policies and more than 30 other indicators. Award recipients are selected based on standardized criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership.

Archery range Construction begins at Naranja Park

Construction has commenced on the fixed-range archery course in Naranja Park, a 213-acre parcel located at 660 W. Naranja Drive in Oro Valley.

A $15,000 grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department is funding the range site development, and a $16,000 donation from the Pusch Ridge Archers will be used to purchase targets. To stretch donated funds even further, the Town of Oro Valley will be self-performing the construction work.

Gerry Perry, a local supporter of archery, has been instrumental in helping the Town raise funds for the project.

“Archery is one of the fasting-growing sports because it can be enjoyed by people with varying abilities and fitness levels,” he said. “The archery community is very excited about having this facility in Oro Valley.”

Town staff will continue working with local archers on the design and layout of the course, which is slated for completion in late October. It will have minimal impact on the park’s current trail system.

The range will be free until Jan. 1, 2013.

Pima Prickly Park opens

 A nine-acre desert public park to highlight opuntias (prickly pear and cholla) and other genera,  will be open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday., Sept. 22. The park is located at 3500 W. River Rd.

A highlight of the park is Saguarohenge, designed in the park as a sacred place to celebrate the ancient relationships between people and the Sonoran Desert through a pathway experience. An entrance garden to the park will be the focal point, which will be a multi-year undertaking. In time, mature plantings of the native Palo Verde tree with green bark and  yellow blooms, native purple Santa Rita Prickly Pear cactus with yellow flowers, and cholla with red and many other flower colors will yield a sensational splash of color.  

There will be festivities including music as well as more than 20 exhibitors. Displays inside and outside the Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation buildings will include exhibits such about the desert, desert plants and desert animals. Call 256-2447 for more information, or visit the website at www.tucsoncactus.org.

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