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GVC Park Advisory Committee - Work on Canoa Hills Trails
KE&G is performing construction work along Camino del Sol to improve pedestrian access to and from Canoa Hill Trails. The cost of the work is $245,000 ($200,000 by Freeport and $45,000 by RFCD). The duration of the work will be from mid November 2019 to mid-March 2020. The project area is on Camino Del Sol from approximately W. Mountain View on the north, to W. Camino Estelar at the south end. The work will include pathway improvements on both sides of the road; curb repairs, modifications & extensions; drainage-way repairs & extensions/spillways; rip-rap erosion protection; and sidewalk ramps as-needed.
The University of Arizona’s College pf Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is working with Pima County to provide master development plan. A draft of the initial report will be available in January 2020. The report will provide a site assessment of Canoa Hills and the overall all area and a case review of restoration projects including golf course restoration. The report will be used to initiate public discussion and input for the master plan.
Other maintenance work at Canoa Hills will be on going.
Median Adopters Needed!
MedianGreen will plant the median on Camino Del Sol in front of DH III on October 8. Finally! Adopters are needed to water the new plants to ensure their survival and to protect this investment in the beauty of Green Valley. There will be two cisterns placed on the median and hoses will be used to hand water the plants. Can you help? If we find enough volunteers the weekly watering can be shared among several. MedianGreen will provide safety training and vests for the new volunteers. Desert Hills III has provided volunteers previously and has enthusiastically supported this program. Let’s do it again and finish beautifying the street in front of our own homes. Please call Susanne Blodgett at 520-591-4022.
The Javelinas are Coming!
Two years ago, Tubac began a public art project that would feature Javelinas. What began as a herd of 25 grew to 50 javelinas, including 44 adults and 6 sets of babies. The Javelinas will be on display from October 26, 2019, through the Spring of 2020.
Volunteer painters—from seasoned, nationally recognized professional artists to a collaboration of budding painters from the Montessori de Santa Cruz school in Tubac are portraying the many moods of javelinas. Maps of the locations of the javelina statues will be available around Tubac and online. For more information visit http://thejavelinaproject.org/
The Friends of the Canoa Parks
If you haven’t been to Canoa Ranch in the last two years, you will be amazed at the changes that are both completed and coming up. You can even sit in the shade of a Ramada and gaze at Green Valley’s only lake! If you would like more information or volunteer to help, please contact the Green Valley Council so their office can get your information for the Friends. Call 648-1936 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. When the Friends website is up and running (projected mid-September), you will find membership and volunteer opportunities listed there.
The first sponsored event will be a presentation on November 8 at 10 a.m. at Las Campanas on “Urban Wildlife in Green Valley”–the animals, insects and reptiles, big and small, that live here and how they impact us. This is a “must see” program for those of you new to the Valley and a fun program for those of us who have been here awhile.
The Park Has Been Named
It is official! The new park has been named Canoa Hills Trails--an Open Space Park.
The Green Valley Council Park Advisory Committee thanks the Board of Supervisors and the Park Commissioners for their approval of the name. Now the County can finalize and install signage for Canoa Hills Trails. The new name fits right in with the other Green Valley County Parks--Historic Canoa Ranch, and Canoa Preserve. We now have "The Three Canoas" as parks!
Chair of GVC Park Advisory Committee, Thao Tiedt
Our dear friend and past Board Member Kathy Dite passed away early Wednesday morning, July 10 at St Luke's Hospice London, U.K.
Kathy brought good humor and frank discussion to our Board meetings throughout her tenure from 2014 -2017. She volunteered at her first meeting to upgrade the DH3 web site which she moved to a commercial platform and resulted in major improvements for members and the Board. Kathy continued as our Webmaster until the end of 2018 managing the operation and filling the site with pictures, information and news about Desert Hills 3. She was also actively involved in reviewing and re-stating our governing documents which simplified their presentation and made them current with present legislation.
Kathy's joy and energy will be missed by community and Board members who had the pleasure of knowing and working with her over the years. Her daughter, Alexis, summarized Kathy's journey over the last year describing how she enjoyed her friends and family and spent her last days here.
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