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  • View concept plans for Esmond Station Regional Park at May 29 and June 3 open houses

    May 14, 2014 | Read More News
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    The public is invited to review concept plans for the development of Pima County’s Esmond Station Regional Park at two open houses.
    Esmond Station Regional Park
    The open houses will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m.:
    • Thursday, May 29, at the Esmond Station School, 9400 S. Atterbury Wash Way.
    • Tuesday, June 3, at Desert Sky Middle School, 9850 E. Rankin Loop.
    The same material will be presented at each meeting. Two sessions were scheduled to make it as convenient as possible for interested individuals to attend.

    “The planning team has worked closely with area residents to identify the needs of the individual citizens, the community organizations, and the other stakeholders who will be served by the park,” said Sandi Garrick, the project manager. “Using a questionnaire that was distributed at several public forums and online, we have received input that speaks to the acute need for all types of park facilities in the southeastern portion of the Tucson metropolitan area. While it will take years to implement, the current master plan is an important first step in making Esmond Station Regional Park a reality.”

    The 274-acre Esmond Station Park site is near the intersection of Houghton Road and Mary Ann Cleveland Way. It features magnificent views of the mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson Basin. It includes portions of the old Southern Pacific Railroad line that once crossed the site as well as buildings that were part of the railroad’s Esmond Station. The rail bed and several historic structures will be retained and incorporated into the park.

    McGann & Associates Landscape Architects is coordinating the planning effort on behalf of the County. Don McGann, the firm’s project manager, said that the master plan is being developed to accomplish several goals, including “providing for the recreational needs of all members of the community, young and old; addressing the need for athletic fields for youth sports programs; and creating a place where area residents can gather for community events, activities, and celebrations.”

    The planning team is also working to develop a plan that will allow Esmond Station Park to host tournaments that attract participants from across Arizona and the Southwest. These events can provide a boost to the local economy by bringing to Tucson visitors who stay in local hotels, dine at local restaurants, and use the services of other local businesses.

    The recommendations and suggestions received from the public at the May 29 and June 3 meetings will be used to refine the concept plan and to develop a draft Master Plan that will be presented to the Pima County Board of Supervisors later this year.