Gallery: Dog day at the park

Seventy dogs and their owners came to the Ora Mae Harn dog park to receive services at the Marana Animal Services’ dog vaccination clinic held in conjunction with the Marana Council Connections event. Dogs were offered dog-friendly ice cream treats while their humans engaged with Town Council and staff.

“I love living in Marana because of things like this,” a resident commented.

Ribbon Cutting commemorates completion of Tangerine Corridor Project


On Friday, September 21, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the conclusion of the first phase Tangerine Corridor Project. Officials from the Town of Marana, the Town of Oro Valley, The Regional Transportation Authority, the Pima Association of Governments, and the contractors who worked on the project gathered for a brief ceremony that was concluded with the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Marana Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta served as the Master of Ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the event before giving a project overview.

Marana Mayor Ed Honea discussed Marana’s involvement with the project as well as the partnership between Marana and Oro Valley on this, and many other, projects.


Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath spoke on behalf of Oro Valley, as well as the Pima Association of Governments, for whom he is the Regional Council Chair.


Andrew Rogers spoke on behalf of the Tangerine Corridor Constructors, which is a partnership between Granite Construction and Borderland Construction.


The Tangerine Road Corridor Project extends approximately 10 miles from Interstate 10 to La Canada Drive and is part of the voter-approved Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan. The project widened the road to four lanes, flattened the road, removing the dips and giving it all weather access. The project also included bike lanes, landscaping and a park in the Marana area.


Photos provided by Town of Oro Valley.

Marana Town Hall Youth Days win national award


MARANA - Town of Marana received national recognition on Thursday, September 6 with a Savvy Award from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association for "Marana Town Hall Youth Days". This one-time event brought Town employee kids to the Marana Municipal Complex to learn more about local government services during the initial days of the Arizona state-wide education walkouts. 

The intended goal of Marana Town Hall Youth Days was to minimize possible impacts on Town of Marana services by providing a program option for Town employees who did not have alternative child programming on April 26 and April 27. It also provided time for Town employees to find alternative child programming options for any subsequent days of school closures. 

"[The event was a] compassionate and heartfelt response to a workplace concern," judges remarked.

Kids ages 6-11 were treated to a diverse itinerary with an emphasis on public service. Fifteen to eighteen kids attended each day. Employees from Town of Marana Communications, Special Events, Police, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Water, Town Council, Town Clerk, and Engineering departments and Northwest Fire District provided educational programming based on existing lesson plans. Mayor Ed Honea also signed an official proclamation declaring April 27, 2018 as "Town Hall Youth Day". Read the proclamation.

Fifteen employees enrolled their children in Marana Town Hall Youth Days. 

"Town Hall Youth Days was an opportunity to respond to employee needs while also enriching their children's education on local government programs and services," said Communications Manager Vic Hathaway. 

Town of Marana includes education as a major component in providing quality public services to the community. Town of Marana offers recurring educational opportunities to the public including Marana Police Explorers, Citizens Police Academy, and Internship/classroom programs. Educational tours are also provided to local scout troops and classrooms, employees frequently serve as speakers in classrooms, and educational displays are prominently featured at the Marana Farm Festival and Marana Founders' Day events. 

The City-County Communications & Marketing Association announced the 2018 winners of its national Savvy Awards Competition during a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Wisconsin. 

The Savvy Awards, held in conjunction with 3CMA’s Annual Conference, recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city, county, agency or district professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations in communications and marketing. 3CMA accommodates local government organizations of all sizes and budget classes by judging entries in several different population groups.


Splash Pad grand opening photo gallery


On Thursday, August 30 the Marana Parks and Recreation held a grand opening ceremony for the new splash pad at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park. The splash pad is the second in the Town of Marana, joining the one at Marana Heritage River Park in North Marana.

View photos from the event:

Kids To Park Day a fun introduction to Tangerine Sky Park

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On Saturday morning, August 25, over 400 Marana residents came out to enjoy the festivities of “Kids to Park Day” at the Town of Marana's new Tangerine Sky Park. Marana Parks and Recreation staff along with key traffic control assistance from Marana Police personnel, provided families with a fun, safe, positive experience.

Children enjoyed a wide variety of exhilarating and entertaining activities from field games, face painting, large inflatable slides, balloon twist and of course the outstanding new playgrounds and Zip Line. As an extra bonus the first 100 Kids enjoyed a free snow cone.
Feedback from those attending this first time event was both positive and appreciative that the Town provides these type of  family orientated community events.

Tangerine Sky Community Park opened on August 10 and is the largest park in Northeast Marana. The 17-acre park located just south of Tangerine Road near Dove Mountain Road has two dog parks and two playgrounds. The playgrounds are designed for children of different ages, one for preschoolers and the other for older kids. One of the features unique to the area will be a zipline-themed swing that will travel a length of 30-feet.

Other features include a lighted basketball court, ramadas, a perimeter walking path with connectivity to the multi-use path on Tangerine, as well as connections to the Tangerine Sky neighborhood.

Marana Parks and Recreation will be hosting a grand opening ceremony for the new splash pad at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park on Thursday, August 30 at 9 a.m.

Photo Gallery: Star Spangled Spectacular


On Wednesday, July 4, the Town of Marana held their annual Star Spangled Spectacular. Nearly 17,000 people attended the free event that included a kids' area with inflatables, five bands, food trucks, and of course, fireworks. 

Relive the evening with this photo gallery by J.D. Fitzgerald Photography. 

Sneak Preview Photo Gallery: Tangerine Sky playground

Construction has gone vertical at Tangerine Sky Park. Located just south of Tangerine road, between Camino de Oeste and Camino de Manana, Marana’s newest park project will be the largest park in east Marana.

The project is due to be completed later this summer. The park will feature a play area, a basketball court, a large turf area, two dog parks and several ramadas, as well as access to the neighboring trail system.

The location of the park is conveniently located near both Dove Mountain and the Twin Peaks Corridor, benefiting a wide array of visitors. The Town of Marana recently wrapped up their portion of the project to widen Tangerine Road between Dove Mountain Blvd and La Cholla Drive. As part of this project, a shared-use path will allow cyclists, walkers, joggers, and any other non-motorized users to enjoy a car-free pathway. Tangerine Sky Community Park, when complete, will serve as an ideal trailhead for this route.

Work is currently being done on installing the play area equipment. See the images below to get a sneak peek at all of the fun.

Project Ina Photo Gallery

This week marked the 1-year anniversary of the start of the Ina Interchange Project construction. A lot has been done in those 12 months and Arizona Department of Transportation photographers came out earlier this month to capture some of the progress that the project has undergone. 

With the completion of this project, Ina Road will become elevated and pass over I-10 and the Union Pacific Railroad. The existing frontage roads and ramps will require reconstruction to intersect with the crossroad in its reconstructed (elevated) position.

The project includes two-lane, one-way frontage roads along each side of I-10 and necessary crossroad widening at the frontage road intersections and eliminate the existing at-grade railroad crossings of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Ina Road.

As part of the project the bridge over the Santa Cruz on Ina Road will be rebuilt and expanded to four lanes. 

Egg Nog Jog 2018 results, photos, and video

Nearly 300 people rang in the New Year by participating in the Town of Marana’s Egg Nog Jog. The annual road race added a new distance, featuring both 5K and 10K races.

There were some serious runners taking part, as well as some people who just wanted a fitness based start to the year. Some dressed up to celebrate, while others brought their four-legged friends to take part. Some ran, some walked, some did something in between. There were plenty of other activities for both the runners and their well-wishers, including the ever-popular fun photo booth.

The race started at 9:18 a.m. with a burst of confetti to keep the festive atmosphere going.

El Tour de Tucson Marana 28-Mile Segment Photo Gallery

On Saturday, November 18 the Town of Marana hosted their second 28-Mile Segment of the El Tour de Tucson. The race drew well over 300 riders, who began their journey at the Marana Heritage River Park and winded their way through north Marana before heading south on I-10 and finishing the race in Downtown Tucson. 

Photos by J.D. Fitzgerald/

Deer Dedication: Photo Gallery

On Thursday, November 16 the Town of Marana held a dedication ceremony for their latest public art installation. "Deer at Tangerine Sky Park" was a made possible from a grant from the Pima Association of Governments and utilized the talents of artist Trevor O'Tool, as well as welding students from Marana High School.

The steel deer statues sit on the southside of Tangerine Road, just outside of what will become Tangerine Sky Park.