Pala Vista Park

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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. 

Public Outreach - Updated April 18, 2019

  • Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting, April 22, 2019
    On April 22, 2019 City staff will provide an update on the Pala Vista Park capital improvement project to the Parks & Recreation Commission. Staff will review the revised design of the park which incorporates input received during prior public workshops, and will solicit additional public input on advancing the design. The public is encouraged to attend. Feel free to share with others who may be interested in participating.
    • Meeting Date: Monday, April 22, 2019
    • Time: 6 pm
    • Location: Vista Civic Center Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center Drive

Review and Comment on the Park Designs

The Pala Vista Park project designs are available for public review. The park design and graphics of on-site amenities are listed below. The designs are reflective of the work residents and other members of the public have provided to staff to date.

We want your feedback! Please email with comments and/or questions on the park project designs by May 6, 2019.

Can’t attend a workshop? Have questions about the Pala Vista Park project?
If you can’t attend the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting in person, email your thoughts or questions to the Park Project Manager, Tony Winney at The public is invited to participate!

Additional 2019 Informational “Pop-Ups” Announced

Four new informational “pop-ups” have been scheduled to share the 60% designs with the public and solicit additional feedback. The information “pop-ups” will be held at the following locations:

  • April 23, 7:30 am to 8:30 am: NCTD Civic Center Station, 810 Phillips Street, 92803
  • April 25, 3 pm to 4 pm: NCTD Civic Center Station, 810 Phillips Street, 92803
  • April 30, 4 pm to 5 pm: Von’s Grocery Store, 940 S. Santa Fe Avenue, 92084
  • May 6, 4 pm to 5 pm: U.S. Post Office, 960 Postal Way, Vista, 92083
  • 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.)

Please e-mail the City Project Manager: or call 760.643.5208 to share thoughts on the conceptual plans and to offer additional input on the park project.

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 

Next Steps 

City staff will present the 60% park plans to the City Council in June 2019. 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. 


Pala Vista Park - map


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