The Oro Valley Town Council gave staff the go-ahead to research the concept of creating an archery course at Naranja Park.
After discussing the issue during the July 20 meeting, the council voted 7-0 to have staff review the issue and present their proposal on Sept. 21.
Ainsley Legner, director of Oro Valley’s Parks, Recreation, Library and Cultural Resources department, said the town has backing from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, archery equipment manufacturers, the National Archery Trade Association, and local archery clubs and businesses.
Legner said the groups have offered to provide technical assistance, guidance and financial assistance to add an archery course at Naranja Park, an undeveloped recreation area located on Naranja Drive east of La Cañada Drive.
Oro Valley resident Bill Adler noted most residents have had no input although local archery groups and businesses have been included in discussions.
Mayor Satish Hiremath agreed with Adler, saying all Oro Valley residents have to be informed. He said more information will be available to the public once an actual proposal is on the table.
With the council’s blessing, Legner and staff will create a proposal that will identify the location and layout of the course, and the associated support facilities, including signage, restrooms, shade structures and parking.
The staff will negotiate with Game and Fish to create an intergovernmental agreement for funding, technical assistance, training and related services.
Council members appeared pleased with the concept.
Councilman Steve Solomon noted it is time to move forward with the project instead of just sitting back and waiting.
Currently, the only archery courses available in Southern Arizona are at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Pima County Fairgrounds.
Councilman Barry Gillaspie said an archery course could serve as an economic generator for the town, drawing in regional and national competitions that would, in turn, help generate revenue for local hotels and restaurants.
In creating the plan, Legner said staff will focus on finding a good location for the archery course at Naranja Park without interfering with the approved master plan.