Pima County plans lake-front park with several bike amenities
Pima County officials are moving forward with a plan to convert a cement quarry into a regional park, which would feature two lakes and several bike amenities.
Nanette Slusser, Pima County’s assistant administrator, said the national headquarters of the CapPortland cement company approached them about turning the land into a park, which the county is calling Corozon de Tres Rios del Norte.
The area is located at I-10 and Orange Grove Road and is at the intersection of the Santa Cruz, Rillito and Canyon del Oro rivers, which Slusser said will make a good connection for the Urban Loop.
In addition to the Urban Loop connections, Slusser said the velodrome committee is considering the area as a potential location for the track. Slusser said they also plan to include a BMX bike park.
According to Slusser, the inclusion of various features of the park is completely dependent on what the public wants.
“We don’t know what will get vetted by the community when we finally go and ask for the funding for different pieces of this,” Slusser said. “Whatever remains is what we will build.”
The plan, which will take 15-20 years, could cost anywhere between $60-100 million to complete, according to Slusser.
She said Pima County bonds will not be the primary funding source for the park. The county will be looking for money from the Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and various other federal sources.
Slusser said the water for the two lakes might be swimmable depending on the source.
“When we finish the water campus in three or four years, the water that will be coming from there will be A+ quality,” Slusser said. “In a lot of places, that is swimmable water. People swim in that. We can also use CAP water. There are several different water companies that still need to do recharge.”
Other possible amenities include an amphitheater, soccer fields, a dog park and competition area, a skate park and an remote controlled airplane flying area. Although, Slusser said the lakes would be the biggest feature.
“Having surface water in the desert is a big draw,” Slusser said.
Download the presentation about the project here.