Marana News: Highlighting Park & Rec programs

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The Marana News profiled Parks & Recreation programs in the Northwest part of town, with a huge focus on Marana.

Though the winter chill still hangs around in the morning, the Town of Marana’s wholesome selection of activities continues well into the spring, with everything from group hikes in the Tortolita Mountains to lifeguard training courses and golf and tennis lessons. 

For the more active among us, the town offers the aforementioned group hikes, which have 13 openings, on Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14. Adventurers will have a chance to experience the Sonoran Desert up close, while getting an unparalleled view of the beautiful Tortolita Mountains. There are also monthly guided mountain bikes rides, on Feb. 11, March 11 and April 6 through April 8—for those looking for a two-wheeled adventure to remember. Bikers will trek through the Tortolita Preserve on the preserve trail, which is a nine-mile experience. For those looking to let a live animal carry them through the desert, there are also guided horseback rides (though you will work up much less of a sweat). 

More information on Marana-area trails and activities should check out the town’s official website at

Parents looking to get their kids into sports are in luck as well, with tennis and golf clinics for children age 5-17, with various dates in February, March and April. 

There’s also the timeless joy of open gym basketball and volleyball—with the roundball sessions running from now until April 30, while youth and adult volleyball has six sessions, between now and April 24. 

The cavalcade of activities is one of the main draws for new residents, says Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Director Jim Conroy. 

“The Town of Marana offers outstanding Park and Recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages,” Conroy said. “Ranging from exceptional hiking on Town maintained trails in the Totollia Mountain Preserve to world class bird watching at the El Rio Preserve and cycling along the Santa Cruz Shared User Path. Marana offers extraordinary outdoor Parks and Recreation experiences for all visitors looking for healthy lifestyle experiences.”

If you’re in the mood the just enjoy a day at the park, without any programming, head to one of nine community, neighborhood or district parks. A full listing of all park sites, including amenities, can be found online at For more information on all Marana programs, head to

For a full list of Marana Parks & Recreation programs, classes and community events go to and look under “Winter/Spring Programs.”

For the full story see the Marana News website