Residents upset by a shiny new fence dividing Saguaro National Park and the Continental Reserve development now have a dull, brown fence to look at.

In response to a May 14 meeting among residents, park and town of Marana officials, national park maintenance workers painted the wire fence so it can better blend in with the surrounding flora and fauna.

Residents of Continental Reserve were concerned that the new, 2-mile fence project cuts off access points and obstructs views of Safford Peak in the Tucson Mountains.

 “We assured them that there would be access points,” said Chief Ranger Bob Love.

The $29,000 project’s goal is to enclose the park to cut down on ATV and social trails that stray off the park’s regulated paths and destroy the landscape, Love said.

Residents who attended the meeting, like Steve Huff, were pleased that all sides were willing to come together to discuss the issue, but wishes more could’ve been done.

“I think for us, in Continental Reserve, it’s something, better than nothing,” Huff said.

Huff and the other residents wanted the section of the fence near the Thelon Court cul-de-sac removed or set back so it wouldn’t obstruct the view, and have more sections of the fence open to accommodate the trails already in place.

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