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  • Supervisors approve re-naming former Green Valley golf course

    Aug 06, 2019 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 6 meeting approved by a 5-0 vote renaming the 130-acre Canoa Hills Golf Course “Canoa Hills Trails - An Open Space Park.”

    On July 12, the Pima County Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously approved the naming of the natural resource open space park per a request by the Green Valley Park Advisory Committee. Pima County and its Regional Flood Control District acquired the property, which is on the west side of Interstate 19 and spans both sides of Camino del Sol, in 2018 via donation. 
    Canoa Hills Trails
    Since that acquisition, Pima County's Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department and the Flood Control District have made several improvements to the 130-acre course. Staff members are removing debris, weeds and trash, beginning to improve pathways and grading, contouring to eliminate erosion damage, and developing large water-harvesting areas for native plant restoration.

    Canoa Hills Trails is meant to serve as a passive recreation facility, complementing the two existing County parks in Green Valley: 
    • Canoa Preserve Park, an active recreational park featuring softball fields and picnic tables; and 
    • Historic Canoa Ranch, a cultural, educational and natural resource park featuring historic buildings, environmental education programs, special events and the newly-restored Canoa Lake. 
    Now that Green Valley is home to three parks, a management group of the Green Valley Council Foundation decided to form a “friends” group to raise money, promote and enhance the parks through education and partnerships with local businesses and organizations. Debbie Kenyon, who has been a permanent Green Valley resident since 2015, is vice president of the GVC Foundation and organizing the Friends of Canoa Parks group.

    “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to organize a Friends group to support Pima County Parks and Flood Control in the development of Canoa Hills Trails - An Open Space Park, ” said Kenyon, who has more than 20 years’ experience in operations management. The Friends Group also plans further development of Historic Canoa Ranch and Canoa Preserve Park, she said.

    The GVC Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that funds special projects initiated by the Foundation or the Green Valley Council to support the greater Green Valley community.

    Individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses will be able to support the Friends through memberships, donations and volunteer opportunities. Kenyon said the Friends group will soon have an online presence with more information on how to donate, volunteer or offer other support.