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  • Honey Bee Village Archaeological Preserve opens in Oro Valley

    Mar 23, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima County, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Town of Oro Valley on Friday, March 23 cut the ribbon on a new outdoor and cultural attraction, Honey Bee Village Archaeological Preserve.

    The 13-acre site sits on the edge of Honeybee Wash, just east of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard at Moore Road. The preserve features an ADA-accessible trail loop, a new entrance and picnic area. It is open to the general public. 

    The area was acquired through a donation by Oro Valley Town Councilor and developer Steve Solomon and the application of Historic Preservation Bonds. 

    File: Honey Bee Village Archaeological PreserveLinda Mayro, who heads the Office of Sustainability and Conservation, credits the involvement of the Tohono O’odham Nation with ensuring the site’s future as open space.

    “The O’odham consider the location an important ancestral village,” Mayro said. “We wanted to build an amenity that respects that history but doesn’t hide it.”

    A Tohono O’ogham grant covered the cost for Oro Valley to build a wall around the acreage. Pima County crews spent the past year building a decomposed granite trail inside the preserve’s perimeter. Improvements to the preserve’s entry, including the ramada, parking, landscaping and interpretive signage came courtesy contractor Mattamy Homes.