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. The City has contracted with T.B. Penick & Sons for design of the park.
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).
This project is currently in the design phase. Conceptual designs were presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission in April, August and September 2016. The City Council will consider the project design in the summer of 2017, if grant funding is awarded for the project. If grant funding becomes available and the design is approved, construction would begin in fall, 2017. City residents are encouraged to attend one of these meetings, or contact city staff directly to offer their feedback on the park design.
The City Council reviewed the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study report for the Bub Williamson Park Improvements project on February 14, 2017. The City Council da and supporting materials can be found online under City Council Meeting Agenda Minutes 2-14-17.
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.
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