Bub Williamson Park Upgrades

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This project will design and construct improvements to Bub Williamson Park, located at 530 Grapevine Road. The intent is to repurpose the existing, underutilized site with new amenities. Proposed improvements include an arena soccer field, a new restroom building, dog park and children's play area. 

Dog Park

Public Outreach
The Parks & Recreation Commission received a presentation on proposed improvements at Bub Williamson Park on April 25, 2016. Members of the public were invited to attend and provide their input on the project. Regular updates are also being posted on social media and via the City's Vista Community Connections  e-newsletter (sign up to receive the e-newsletter).

Upcoming Discussion - September 26, 2017
On September 26, during the Vista City Council meeting at 5:30 pm, the City Council will discuss proposed improvements at Bub Williamson Park, and will discuss alternative locations that may accommodate a lighted arena soccer field. 
Meeting Date, Time and Location
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista, 92084

Conceptual designs were presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission in April, August and September 2016. The City Council reviewed and approved the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study report for the Bub Williamson Park Improvements project on February 14, 2017. The City Council agenda and supporting materials can be found online under City Council Meeting Agenda Minutes 2-14-17

Design for this project is now complete. Staff will be issuing a request for proposals for construction of the project in July 2017. The City Council will consider the construction contract in late 2017. If approved, construction would begin in early 2018. City residents are encouraged to contact city staff directly with any questions they may have on the project.

Overview of Plan Drawings for Improvements

Amenities & Programming Elements
The park will include a number of proposed new facilities. The existing softball fields and associated fencing will be replaced with a 200'x85' arena soccer field with a synthetic turf playing surface accommodating youth and adult leagues. The field will be lighted for evening use and will include bleacher seating. The existing restroom will be replaced with a new modular restroom to serve patrons. The other major program elements include an off-leash dog park with separate areas for large and small dogs, and a children’s playground area.

Additionally there will be new drought tolerant landscaping, irrigation, signage, fencing and rehabilitation of the existing parking lot. The park facilities will be upgraded to meet current Americans with Disability Act standards and new sidewalks. Site furnishings will be upgraded throughout the park including picnic tables, benches and trash/recycling receptacles, bicycle racks, and drinking fountains. The original project scope had proposed reopening of the access gate at Huff Street to vehicular traffic; however, the gate will now remain closed.

Presentation Pics


City Manager’s Office
P: 760.639-6131
E: twinney@cityofvista.com