Ramón Valadez throughout his tenure as a County Supervisor, has consistently pledged to continue identifying opportunities which will leverage funding from any available source in order to provide additional neighborhood parks and recreation facilities. He has been the principal supporter of the Kino Sports Complex, located in District 2, which is now a 300-acre facility that serves hundreds of youth, amateur and professional sports, concerts and entertainment venues throughout the year. It includes a major league style baseball stadium, a professional level soccer stadium, an indoor event center and five full-service clubhouses. Recently, Pima County inaugurated the newly constructed Kino South Complex. This 167-acre expansion which is directly south of the main complex and just past Interstate 10 was opened for use, as envisioned in the Pima County Economic Development Plan. With a construction cost of $ 31.2 million the initial amenities at this expanded complex features: 12 lighted natural grass, sand based long fields suitable for rugby, soccer, football, lacrosse and field hockey. It also includes a 20-court pickleball facility, locker rooms, concessions and parking for more than 700 vehicles. Pima County is currently seeking a master developer partner to develop an expansion of approximately 80 plus acres for additional sports, events, hotel, retail, restaurant and other related development opportunities.
He has worked diligently to identifying opportunities which leverage funding from other available sources as a means to provide additional neighborhood parks and recreation facilities. An excellent example is the Urban Open Space Park currently being built at South Kino Parkway and East 36th Street, in District 2. Tucson Electric Power (TEP) Company is building this facility at their own costs in an agreement with Pima County. When completed this great neighborhood amenity will benefit the surrounding residential areas by featuring: paved corridors, handicap accessible walking paths and covered ramadas for community outings and use by adjacent neighborhoods. As an added bonus, the new power substation being constructed will resolve the frequent rolling black-out problems that have negatively impacted the nearby neighborhoods.
Throughout Pima County many infrastructure improvements expanding both pedestrian and non-motorized modes of individual movement have been completed. Within District 2, his office has supported many neighborhood improvements that improve and enhance personal mobility with the addition of street lights, sidewalks, pedestrian bridges, hawk lights, new bike lanes and pave pathways. He enthusiastically supported the creation of “The Loop,” which has established more than 120 miles of paved pathways and bike lanes. More importantly, these much-needed improvements now connect unincorporated Pima County, with the City of Tucson, the Town of Marana, the Town of Oro Valley and the City of South Tucson.
He has been a staunch advocate for higher quality healthcare, which is why he fully supported the more than $78 million in bond funds which were used to build on what is now the Banner University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, a first of its kind behavioral health crisis recovery center, and the construction and expansion of enhanced hospital facilities which now feature improved behavioral health care.
He is very passionate about serving the many needs of children, youth and families, and is especially committed to providing comprehensive library services which promote enhanced reading and literacy programs. He has championed the greater availability and use of family-friendly computers and internet access in libraries throughout the county, especially in area where home computers are not generally available to families. Currently, within District 2, the new Sahuarita Library will be constructed at an estimated overall project cost of $ 9 million. These improvements will feature the new construction of 17,700 square feet of energy-conscious library improvements which will enhance the services of the current facility. It will include: student studying space, community meeting rooms, gaming rooms and a new business and entrepreneurship space for use by local businesses.