Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Public Comments on Proposed Regional Sports Park in Marana

Media Contact: Patricia Cox , (623) 773-6214
John McGlothlen , (623) 773-6256

For Release: August 13, 2008

The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a draft Environmental Assessment to solicit public comments on the potential environmental effects that may result from construction of a proposed sports park in the Town of Marana. The proposed sports park would be located on approximately 500 acres of federally owned land southeast of the Marana Northwest Regional Airport, adjacent to the east side of the Central Arizona Project canal along Avra Valley Road in Marana, Ariz.

The park would be designed to accommodate various team sports, community events, picnicking, and equestrian use with associated amenities, including restrooms and parking. Park facilities would be developed primarily for day use. A 6- to 12-year phased approach has been proposed by Marana for the initial development of the park.

Details of the proposed project can be found in the draft Environmental Assessment, which can be obtained by calling Reclamations Environmental Resource Management Division at (623) 773-6251, by e-mailing rkonst@lc.usbr.gov , or by downloading it from the Phoenix Area Office website at http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/

Comments should be mailed to John McGlothlen at the Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office, PXAO-1500, 6150 West Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, Ariz. 85306-4001or faxed to (623) 773-6481, no later than September 11, 2008.

Questions may be directed to Mr. McGlothlen at (623) 773-6256.

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