Sudberry Properties Announces Groundbreaking of Civita Park

Civita ParkSudberry Properties, developer of the urban-style village of Civita in Mission Valley, announced that Hazard Construction Company commenced construction today on the first two phases of Civita Park, a public park designed to serve as the centerpiece of the community. The 14.3-acre park, which will be operated by the Civita Maintenance Assessment District, is located at the intersection of Civita Boulevard and Russell Parkway.

The City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department, as well as the Public Works Department, Engineering Section, worked closely with Sudberry Properties, their consultants and the community to design a park that will be a signature public open space in San Diego.

The multi-level park, which cascdes down the former quarry site, was designed by Schmidt Design Group, Inc., of San Diego, a firm noted for its sustainable design of public spaces and parks. Planned to cater to both active and passive uses, group activities and solo relaxation, the future park incorporates ideas from hundreds of local residents collected from a series of public meetings.

“Our design for Civita Park was inspired by the feedback we received from the community, the rich history of the site, the watershed, as well as the dramatic and unique attributes of the site,” said Glen Schmidt, FASLA, president, Schmidt Design Group.

“Civita Park is the unifying element of Civita,” said Mark K. Radelow, vice president/senior project manager at Sudberry Properties. “It will serve as the heart of the community and the main gathering spot. Trails will link the park to the surrounding neighborhoods, providing easy access to all residents,” he explained.

The park will be built in phases, with Phase I and IV, totaling about 10 acres, completed in about 16 months, explained Radelow. “Phase I is planned to include a large central plaza that accommodate a variety of active and passive activities. It is also designed with rose gardens, a military tribute with a 100-foot-tall flagpole, an outdoor grassy amphitheater with a dramatic stage design, a recirculating interactive water feature and a game area with chess, ping pong and other activities. The plaza is accented by a number of vine-covered shaded trellis areas,” Radelow said.

Other areas now under construction in Phase I will feature a large open field for casual sports play, two basketball half courts and a community garden. The southern and eastern border of the park will feature a formal tree-sheltered promenade.
A dry streambed and walking trail is designed to run the length of the park along the western edge of the site.
“The natural-looking streambed will function as a biofiltration system that will clean storm-water runoff from parts of Civita and Serra Mesa before it is fed into the San Diego River and out to sea,” said Radelow.

The park’s Phase IV, which is also under construction, is located at the top of the property near the summit of Via Alta. This phase, which will also be accessible to pedestrians from Serra Mesa, is planned to include passive parkland and a dog park for large and small dogs. This portion of the park will be connected to the southern portion by a pathway.
Future phases of Civita Park will include separate children’s play areas for toddlers and youngsters, a plaza that will showcase equipment from the site’s mining past, a tree-shaded picnic grove, interpretive gardens crisscrossed with trails, scenic lookouts and restrooms.

“We’re confident that this park will become the center of community life,” said Marco A. Sessa, senior vice president, Sudberry Properties. “It will have something for everyone, cool places to meditate, fly a kite, play basketball or bocce, or attend a community concert. The grand opening of Civita Park will be the culmination of a collaborative effort involving the City of San Diego’s Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Engineering, Sudberry Properties, Schmidt Design Group, and hundreds of civic leaders and citizens. Our hope is that it will truly become a place worthy of affection by Civita residents and the entire Mission Valley community.”

Updates on construction progress will be available at