"The Oro Valley Aquatic Center is partnering with the Fitter & Faster Swim Tour this spring to provide a swim clinic with six-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers and NCAA Champion Annie Chandler.
The clinic will be held May 19, 2013 at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, 680 W. Calle Concordia." (Source: Town Of Oro Valley press release)
Hold on to your wallets. Pima County is beginning the process of planning its spending for 2014. Part of that planning is the planning for bond issuances. Yes. Most heavily indebted County in the state by far actually plans how to incur more debt. One of the items being considered is a $30 million bond offering to promote Geo tourism. "The County is already working with the University to develop a concept for a geotourism center where visitors would get more information on just about any topic that makes the Old Pueblo so special." (Source)
There is a large tract of land that is being bladed that abuts to the west side of Oracle Road, north of steam pump village. It is being bladed in preparation for the construction of 288 apartment units. These will be known as: "Encantada at Steam Pump." The apartments are being built by HSL Steam Pump Properties, an operation of developer Humberto Lopez' HSL Tucson-based operation. We have written previously about this property.
Next week's Oro Valley Town Council meeting includes a consent agenda item for allowing the developer "...to utilize a portion of the Town-owned park property adjacent to their project for recreation and drainage purposes." The park is a small area that abuts the CDO Wash paved trail. the agreement with the developer requires that they maintain this park. (Source)
This week's widely-reported robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Rancho Vista also reminds us that Oro Valley is not immune from crime. This is not the first time that a robbery has occurred in that area. The Bank of the West in Rancho Vistoso was robbed in late December.
According to crimereports.org, a website into which both the county and the town use to report crime, there were 32 crime incidents in just one week in Oro Valley. Most of these are thefts. A few of these are assaults.
One of the unfortunate consequences of growth in population and density is a growth in crime. Last nigh's shooting at Oracle and First is yet another example. The once quiet suburb of Oro Valley is now becoming a small city. As it grows so will its crime.
Here's a reminder of some upcoming events from Parks and Rec:
Saturday, March 9: MOVE Across 2 Ranges Hike (Start in Catalina State Park)
Saturday, March 9: 2nd Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch
Friday, March 15: Aquatic Center Grand Opening
Saturday, April 13: Settlers Days at Steam Pump Ranch
91 trees along Woodshade Trail (goes back to dog park fr RV Blvd) have been identified for removal because they are "dead, dying, infested or diseased."