The 40-Year History of The Town of Marana
Marana, Arizona is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and the town has a lot to be proud of! Seldom does a town have such a miraculous change in four small decades as those, which our beloved Marana has undergone. In honor of this momentous occasion, we wanted to share some of the town’s successes and most notable people with you, in no particular order.
The Post Family
Every great town is built on the backs of great people. In Marana, the Post family has had a profound influence on everything from education to irrigation to law making. Most of the Post crew has performed civil service to our town in one way or another, helping to bring this formerly farm-only area into a bustling place of commerce that still respects its land and natural resources.
Here’s a look at some of the ways the Post family has contributed to Marana’s current community narrative:
Dan Post currently serves as the Board President of the Marana Unified School District Governing Board, a board on which he’s held a position for nearly the entirety of Marana’s existence. He has also served as the following:
- Cortaro Water Users Association Board Chairman
- Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District Board Chairman
- Town of Marana Western Heritage Committee Member
Dedicated to this town, Dan ran for Mayor of Marana in 2016. Dan’s sons Jon and Del have also made their marks on city politics and law making, serving in various facets of civil work and management positions. The family has a history of being farmers, small business owners, and very involved citizens, and they’ve worked hard to make Marana great.
Marana Wastewater Treatment Plant
For a long time, there was an inefficient debate between the Town of Marana and Pima County regarding ownership of the wastewater treatment plant. Today’s growth in the town can easily be attributed to the war that was won over this facility back in 2012, when town officials and residents came together to endorse the state legislation that eventually granted Marana control of the plant. Fast forward five years later, and the Marana City Council has granted permission to expand the plant, as well as the neighboring water recharge facility.
Crossroads at Silverbell District Park
Not too long ago, Marana was an undeveloped farm town where nature was the primary form of recreation. Thankfully, it’s still as pristine as ever, but there are now plenty of things to do around town, and many of them happen at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park. Although the initial opening of this 48-acre park was initially delayed as a result of archaeological discoveries near the Santa Cruz River, the $4 million development has now become the spot for:
- The Star-Spangled Spectacular
- Little league and chamber events
- Leman Academy of Excellence
- Ball fields
- A basketball court
- The dog park
- A soon-to-be-constructed splash pad
Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain
In December 2009, the Ritz-Carlton brand catapulted Marana to a new level of luxury. Currently holding its third consecutive Forbes Five-Star Award, as well as repeat AAA Five Diamond Awards, the Ritz-Carlton boasts of upscale living. Homeowners of The Ritz-Carlton-Residences, Dove Mountain are afforded all the luxuries hotel guests enjoy, including:
- A 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Course
- Tennis and fitness facilities
- Concierge services
- The resort pool, which features cabanas, a 235-foot waterslide
- The Ritz Kids program
- And much, much more!
If you want to see what Marana is truly all about, your journey should begin with a tour upscale community. At The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Dove Mountain, we offer an incredible assortment of customizable, luxury, single-family homes, nestled amongst some of the most breathtaking views in the country.
Luxury custom homes in The Residences range from just under 1,700 to nearly 5,500 square-feet and are available in two neighborhoods.
Finding out whether it is just right for you begins with a call: 877-451-7205.