Rita Ranch A Southeast Tucson Subdivision
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This community offers residents several smaller neighborhood parks. The largest community park called Purple Heart Park which is 36 acres. Purple Heart Park provides playing fields, a one-mile walking path, a skate park, picnic tables, barbeque grills and ramadas. It also has a swimming pool.
This community is close to Davis Monthan Air Force Base and Tucson employers including – Intuit, Raytheon, AOL and the University of Arizona Science Technology Park. Rita Ranch is close to Vail Arizona and is part of the Vail School District.
Rita Ranch homes are mostly contemporary styles. However, some southwestern styles are available. Rita Ranch homes are newer and attractive for young families. Rita Ranch is served by the Vail School District. students will attent Mesquite Elementary, Desert Sky Middle School and Cienega High School.
Rita Ranch is part of Esmond Station Area Development Plan created in 1986 by the City of Tucson. It was named in reference to the historical Esmond Train Station located near Rita Ranch.
Between 1890 and 1910, the nation’s growing railway system had finally reached the city of Tucson. The Southern Pacific Railroad was the first route. In the early 1900s, a rail line was established to connect Tucson to El Paso, Texas.
This set of lines ran through present day Rita Ranch. Many of the undeveloped areas still have deteriorating railroad tracks that can be found today. East of the intersection of Houghton Road and Old Vail Road, lie the remains of Esmond (once called Papago) and its dilapidated train depot, Esmond Station
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