A one acre city-owned property, located at 234 Pala Vista Drive along Civic Center Drive, just north of Highway 78 is being developed into a small community 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.
In late 2016, the City purchased the property for future redevelopment of a City park and to serve as a visual entrance into the city of Vista. The project 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 in July 2017. The City has partnered with ASR Landscape Architecture to design the new park site.
- March 2018 Workshops
The City conducted two workshops to gather feedback for the new park design. March 15 (Meeting Notes) and March 24, 2018 (Meeting Notes).
July 2018 – Conceptual Plans
The Design Team developed two conceptual plans based upon community/staff input:
- 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.)
Presentation to Parks & Recreation Commission, July 23, 2018
City staff presented the proposed conceptual park design to the Parks and Recreation Commission on July 23, 2018. The public was invited to participate and a copy of the Commission presentation is available here.
City staff will present the conceptual plan options to the City Council on August 28, 2018. Please check the City Council meeting agendas to find out more information on when the item will be heard. The public is invited to participate.
The City’s FY 2017/18 Capital Improvement budget included $750,000 for the design and development of Pala Vista Park.
City Manager’s Office
Tony Winney, Assistant to the City Manager