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Everybody Loves Parks.

Construction is officially underway on Civita’s multi-level park. Prepare to be entertained in the outdoor amphitheater, to frolic in the open sports field, to challenge your neighbors to a chess or ping-pong match in the game arena, to play a sunset pick-up game on the two basketball half-courts, to sit and breathe the So-Cal sunshine.

The first phase of the park is expected to be completed this summer. Just enough time to clear your calendar for some me-time. Read full article here.

If completed as planned, Civita will feature approximately 60 acres of open space, cultivated landscape and public parks. This was actually a continuation of public workshops, input and planning started more than a decade ago using the approved Specific Plan as a guideline. The Civita Park is planned to be one of the largest public parks in metropolitan San Diego to be built in decades. Here’s a quick overview of the plan:

Proposed Plan

Civita Park
Civita Park is a 14.3 acre park with over 165-feet of grade change that provides numerous amenities for the Mission Valley community.  The southern edge of the park is anchored by a large civic plaza which includes an interactive water feature, stage and turf amphitheatre, life-size chess, social gathering nodes and multiple seating opportunities.  A  formal promenade surrounded by urban gardens line the eastern edge of the park.  Civita Creek, providing water quality and aesthetic benefits, frames the western edge of the park.  Numerous opportunities for recreation include large passive turf areas, children’s play areas, half basketball courts, interpretive gardens and a community garden.  A plaza space with a comfort station, located in the center of the park, is filled with mining relics that reference the history of the site.  The park offers dramatic views of Mission Valley from the upper gardens and gathering spaces.  Security and accent lighting will be integrated throughout the park.  The proposed drough- tolerant plant palette responds to the surrounding community by providing a gardenesque blend of colors and textures.

Creekside Park
Creekside Park is 1.5 acres and anchored by a curvilinear elevated walkway that connects the various elements within the park. A cobble swale runs the length of the park and weaves under the elevated walkway. Numerous seating opportunities have been provided along the elevated walkway. A picnic area is connected to the children’s play area on the northern portion of the park. A dog run and small turf area have been provided just south of the utility easement and pedestrian  pathway that bisects the park site. The southern portion of the park is anchored by a bridge/dam structure which references the historic Mission Dam. The park’s plant palette consists of a combination of low water use and native vegetation and the park will be lit by a series of decorative light fixtures.

Franklin Ridge Park
Franklin Ridge Park is a .20 acre park site proposed along Franklin Road. The triangular park provides passive use activities and spectacular views of Mission Valley from its picnic and turf spaces. A large interpretive wall anchors the picnic area and tells the story of the site’s mining and geologic history. The plant palette includes both low water use and native plant species. Decorative security lighting will be provided in the park’s primary gathering space.

Things you might like to know:

Who is in charge of the park planning process?
The parks are being planned by Sudberry Properties, under its partnership as Quarry Falls LLC, under the jurisdiction of the City of San Diego Public Works Department, Engineering and Capital Projects, Architectural Engineering and Park Division, with input and approval from the Mission Valley Planning Group and the Serra Mesa Recreation Council. Schmidt Design Group Inc. of San Diego, a company that specializes in the sustainable design of public places and parks, has been retained to design the parks based on the shared vision of the city, the public and the community planning groups.
What facilities are planned for the central park?
Individual facilities are being considered during the park planning process. However, Civita’s Specific Plan, which was approved by the San Diego City Council on Oct. 21, 2008, calls for a variety of settings and amenities, both active and passive. Sports and recreation facilities mentioned in the Specific Plan include volleyball and basketball courts, a fitness course, trails, and playgrounds. Pastoral areas include picnic areas with tables and barbecues, and sitting areas located at viewpoints. The west side of the central park is planned to feature a creek bed designed to provide water quality benefits to all of Civita. The east edge of the park is designed with a formal, tree-lined promenade. The central park is planned to have a Civic Center component with a planned Heritage Museum, amphitheater, and event space.
Will there be a leash-free dog park?
Due to considerable public support for an enclosed area for dogs, a dog park is being studied for inclusion in the final plan.
Who is developing the parks?
Sudberry Properties under its partnership as Quarry Falls LLC will be responsible for the construction of the parks. The City of San Diego will oversee the construction process.
When will the parks be open?
While there are no guarantees, if the planning process proceeds on schedule, construction of the central park will begin in 2015. Construction is anticipated to take approximately one year.
What are the plans for parking and access?
Plans call for street parking surrounding the park and parking lots located adjacent to the civic center. A planned pedestrian bridge over Friars Road will provide easy access to the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line stop at Rio Vista.

Civita is being developed by Quarry Falls LLC, under the leadership of Sudberry Properties. All plans related to the parks and open space were approved as part the Civita’s Specific Plan, by the San Diego City Council on Oct. 21, 2008. There are no guarantees the parks will be built or completed or that the facilities and amenities described above will be included in the parks.