In late 2016, the City purchased three prominent parcels at the intersection of Civic Center Drive and Pala Vista Drive for future redevelopment of a City park. The one acre city-owned property is located along Civic Center Drive and Pala Vista drives, just north of the Sprinter station and Highway 78.
This project is a capital improvement project to design and construct improvements to Pala Vista Park, located at 234 Pala Vista Drive. Currently, there are no existing amenities at the park. The goal is to design a park to help meet the community’s recreational needs and also provide a welcoming entry way into the city along one of its major travel corridors. The City’s FY 2017/18 Capital Improvement budget included $750,000 for the design and development of Pala Vista Park.
The property was purchased in November, 2016 with the intention of developing a local pocket park and to serve as a visual entrance into the city of Vista. The existing, old, deteriorated buildings on the property were demolished with the intent to develop the property into a park. This undertaking meets two of the City Council’s top priority goals, (1) continue to decrease blight and improve the image of the city and (2) add additional park space.
The project is currently in the design phase. A Request for Proposals was issued in June, 2017 and design bids were submitted July 12, 2017. The City has partnered with ASR Landscape Architecture to design a new park for the site.
- March 2018 Workshops
The City conducted two workshops with area residents and other interested persons to solicit feedback and ideas for the design of the park. Public workshops were scheduled for March 15 (Meeting Notes) and March 24 (Meeting Notes). Public participation is important to improving the property and residents are encouraged to attend one of the workshops or contact city staff to offer feedback on the park design.
Presentation to Parks & Recreation Commission, July 23, 2018
City staff will present the proposed conceptual design for the new Pala Vista park to the Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 6 pm in the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive in the Vista Room.
City Manager’s Office
Tony Winney, Assistant to the City Manager