Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

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Farming and ranching were once a way of life in the town of Marana. Settled in the late 1910s by farmers planting cotton, the area lured families toward the banks of the Santa Cruz River with its fertile soil and reliable, sometimes turbulent, source of water. However, that changed in 2000, with the completion of the Santa Cruz levee. No longer at the mercy of unpredictable flooding, thousands of acres were suddenly made available for development. With its population expected to nearly double to more than 80,000 in the next 20 years, Marana is taking steps to provide its residents the necessary infrastructure and amenities afforded to cities like nearby Tucson. With the recent surge in growth, town officials recognize the need for Marana to embrace, if not preserve, its agricultural roots. Though farming is no longer the dominant economic driver, there has been a push to celebrate this culture in the area where it all began. Marana River Heritage Park was conceived from this aspiration. Marana Heritage River Park's development is ongoing. The original park, a ball field and small playground, did not provide enough amenities to meet the interests of the neighboring young homeowners. So in 2012, the town commissioned the Master Concept Site Plan for an improved, much larger park. Development of the 112-acre strip of land would not only address Marana's culture and history, but also provide a range of recreational activities The Marana Town Council approved the design and construction of Marana Heritage River Park a year later. "It's going to be a park that reflects a much broader sense of where 60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Marana Makes

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