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Open house set May 17 on DC Ranch park proposal

Residents living in the DC Ranch area are invited to an open house May 17 to share their views on a proposed neighborhood park near the southeast corner of Pima Road and Union Hills Drive.

The open house will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at DC Ranch Homestead, 18600 N. 98th St.

The roughly 13-acre parcel is vacant, but the city is exploring a potential partnership that could accelerate construction of the park.

The city is hosting the May 17 open house to gather input on the proposal, such as:

  • What sort of features would residents like to see in this neighborhood park?
  • How would residents and their families use it?
  • What concerns are there with the proposal? What should not be built there?

Background

The park site was deeded to the city by DMB as part of its DC Ranch development.

The park was also part of a voter-approved question in the Bond 2000 plan, under the parks and libraries category. A City Council master plan was approved in June 2003. The park site has remained on the city’s capital project list as unfunded. 

Late last year, Great Hearts Academies, a public charter school, announced its intention to build athletic fields and facilities for their students on a parcel of land they own near DC Ranch and the city park site.

On April 25, the Scottsdale City Council directed staff to move forward with a master site plan for the city park that would combine the two uses into one location, with Great Hearts providing the money to develop the park site which would be used both by their students and by the public for sports and recreational activities.

No specific site plan or use schedule has been proposed. 

The process to discuss the proposed partnership and those potential features is underway. Public input gathered at the May 17 open house and future meetings will be used to develop a site plan that will be considered by the City Council.

 

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