Town of Oro Valley
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It doesn’t have to be your birthday to celebrate in Oro Valley this spring.

On Saturday, April 26, the Town of Oro Valley will celebrate its 40-year anniversary, and members of the public are encouraged to join in on the festivities at Steam Pump Ranch.

Along with live music and food trucks, the event will feature a 30-minute play courtesy of The Great American Playhouse, artwork unveiling, cultural and educational entertainment, and arts and crafts.

The complimentary celebration will also serve to reflect on the town’s history since its incorporation in 1974 as a 2.4-square-mile town with 1,200 residents to one now spanning 36 square miles and with a population of more than 41,000.

Oro Valley not only has a rich past marked with notable economic growth and development, but also has much to celebrate when it comes to gaining national recognition over the years.

Most recently, Movoto Real Estate named the town the eighth safest suburb in American.

Other accolades include: Best Place in Arizona to Raise Kids (Bloomberg Businessweek, 2013), Among the Best Places to Live in Arizona (Yahoo, 2011), Playful City Community USA (2011-2013), 10 Best Towns for Families (Family Circle Magazine, 2008), and 100 Best Places in America to Live and Launch a Small Business (Fortune Small Business Magazine (2008).

Some of the town’s latest major projects include improvements to Steam Pump Ranch and the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, and the development of an archery range at Naranja Park, where dirt is now being moved to construct a 24.6-acre site plan that includes two 

multi-sport athletic fields and a 1.1-acre dog park.

The town has also become notorious for its ability to attract hi-tech businesses such as Sanofi and Ventana Medical Systems. 

“We’ve made a radical departure from where we were, as a small suburb of Tucson, to now, a global town with global companies,” said Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath. “We’ve done a great job of growing up, so to speak, while blending our natural beauty and technology,” adding, “I can’t put into words how proud I am that the anniversary is happening during my term as mayor.”

Hiremath and members of council, as well as town staff will be in attendance at Steam Pump Ranch for the anniversary celebration.

“Oro Valley is excited to celebrate this significant anniversary,” commented Town Manager Greg Caton. “We have planned a variety of campaigns, events and activities for the entire community to join in the celebration.”

Additional anniversary events include a dinner and silent auction (April 18), 40 Days of Deals (March 15 – April 25), a “40 Never Looked So Good” video series, and Family Day at Catalina State Park (April 27). 

“The whole goal behind this was that we wanted to have an approach to celebrate this milestone by reaching out to each segment of the community – kids, adults, and businesses,” said Nowak.

More details on each of the events can be found under “Featured Events” at

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