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Oro Valley to begin improvements at James D. Kriegh Park late August

Posted: 4:15 AM, Aug 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-22 10:15:10Z

The ballfields at James D. Kriegh Park will be closing August 27th to undergo major improvements over the next few months. The park is expected to re-open Spring 2019.

The Town of Oro Valley says it plans to add new irrigation, new grass, laser-leveled fields, new fencing and dugouts, and upgraded restrooms. 

Town officials say the improvements only apply to the ballfields and other park amenities such as the playground, picnic tables, volleyball court, restrooms and dog park will remain open.

“The worn down grass and filled-in gopher holes on our ballfields make playability very difficult. Kids take a hard grounder to the nose because of less than ideal playing surfaces,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan. 

According to a news release, JDK Park is the oldest and most heavily-used park in Oro Valley. It is said to have an aging infrastructure that dates back to 1974. The improvements are set to not only improve playing surfaces for visitors, but the new irrigation system will improve water usage and align with the Town's focus on conservation.