On Wednesday, Oct. 20, the Oro Valley Town Council gave unanimous approval for the parks and recreation department to move ahead with a study about adding amenities to the Naranja Town Site.
The council told Parks and Recreation Director Ainsley Legner to report on possibly using a portion of a $250,000 donation the Walmart corporation gave the town in 2007. The donation was intended to be used for construction of the park, which the town had sought to develop.
Last week's approval would give the go-ahead to study building an 18-hole disc golf course and an archery park.
The item also called for use of the donated money to go toward landscaping improvements. The council decided to forgo the landscaping.
Community groups supporting disc golf and archery have come forward willing to donate labor and money to help build the amenities. The groups also have said they would assist with maintenance of the sites.
Legner told the council the town's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted against spending the money for the amenities. She also noted that none of the proposed recreation additions were included in the Naranja Town Site Master Plan that residents and the town wrote.
Voters rejected a bond and secondary tax question on the 2008 ballot that would have funded construction of the park. The 114-acre parcel remains undeveloped today.