Pala Vista Park

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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. 

Public Outreach

  • 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 was important to improving the property and residents were encouraged to attend one of the workshops or contact city staff to offer feedback on the park design. 

July 2018 – Conceptual Plans

ASR Landscape Architecture has developed two conceptual plans based upon input received from the City and residents through the public outreach process. They incorporate many of the ideas shared by the public in the public design workshops held in March, 2018.

  • Conceptual Plan Option 1 (Includes perimeter fencing, a children’s playground/swings, passive green space, sidewalk improvements, shade trees, public art, drought tolerant landscaping, benches, water fountains and monument signage on the corner of Civic Center Drive.)
  • Conceptual Plan Option 2 (Includes all of the amenities listed in Conceptual Plan Option 1, laid out in a different orientation. More square footage is devoted to passive green space and the children’s playground in this plan. Both plans underground the existing open drainage ditch located on Pala Vista Drive.)

The public can e-mail the City Project Manager below to share their thoughts on the two conceptual plans and to offer any additional input they may have on the park project.

Presentation to Parks & Recreation Commission, July 23, 2018

City staff presented 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. The public was invited to participate. A copy of the Parks and Recreation Commission presentation is available here.   

Next Steps

City staff will present the conceptual plan options to the City Council in August, 2018. Please check the City Council meeting agendas to find out when the item will be heard. The public is invited to participate.


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City Manager’s Office
Tony Winney, Assistant to the City Manager
P: 760.643.5208