You may remember that in the October edition of the Scottsdale North News, we discussed the possibility of Scottsdale North’s first city park. In 2002, the City of Scottsdale purchased 15 acres of land and since that time, nothing has happened to the property beyond a couple of signs sitting at the site stating that a park is planned. In late October, the City of Scottsdale was finally prompted by public interest to hold its first open meeting to discuss the Sevano Village Park project.
The city reps said that they anticipated 20 or 30 people attending the meeting, but more than 250 interested citizens showed up. Hopefully, this gave the city a sense of the public demand for a park in the area. Reed Pryor, the Manager of Parks and Grounds for the City of Scottsdale, presented a preliminary concept drawing and overview of the project, but made it very clear that there is currently no funding for the development of the park. The current conceptual plans include a playground, basketball court, Pickleball courts, a grassy area, lighting, walkways, parking and restrooms.
Attendees of the meeting seemed to fall into three main groups – dog park supporters, pickleball supporters, and homeowners who are concerned about increased noise and traffic in the neighborhood. The citizens in attendance participated in the discussion and the city listened to comments and suggestions.
Mr. Pryor acknowledged the high demand for pickleball courts and said…