The 14.3-acre, multi-level Civita Park is the centerpiece of the neighborhood’s network of parks, open space and trails that encompass nearly one-third of the community.
Highlights of Civita Park include:
Interactive water feature with 48 jets
Picnic tables and “outdoor living rooms” shaded by wisteria-covered trellisses
Dog park with separate large/small dog enclosures
Two playgrounds with shade structures
Additional open fields
Mining Relic Terrace with historic mining equipment
Restrooms and parking
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. Civita Park is one of the largest public parks in metropolitan San Diego to be built in decades.
Currently under construction, 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.
Phyllis Place Park
Phyllis Place Park is a 1.33 acre park site proposed for an underdeveloped area of land that is aligned along Phyllis Place Road. The linear park is for passive use activities; including walking and enjoying spectacular views of Mission Valley along meandering walkways. A series of overlooks are provided with benches, tables and interpretive panels. Special features include a ‘Historical Overlook’ seating area, children’s play areas that will include natural play components, and islands of planters along the primarywalkway. The planting pallete will include low water use California natives.
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 considered during the park planning process called for a variety of settings and amenities, both active and passive. Sports and recreation facilities mentioned in the Specific Plan included basketball half-courts, a fitness course, trails, and playgrounds. Pastoral areas included picnic areas with tables and barbecues, and sitting areas located at viewpoints. The west side of the central park features 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 includes plans for a Civic Center component with a planned Heritage Museum, and event space.
Will there be a leash-free dog park?
Due to considerable public support for an enclosed area for dogs, the dog park is located at the top of Via Alta and has designated areas for large and small dogs.
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?
Phase 1 of Civita Park was completed in April, 2017. Construction of Phase 2 began in 2018 and was completed in July 2020.
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.
Civita Park is managed by the City of San Diego Park & Rec Dept. Permits are required for the following:
Events with more than 50 guests
Events with an inflatable jump
Events with any 3rd party vendor such as a caterer
For permits, please contact Matt Ryan with the San Diego Park and Rec Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
In your email, please include:
Exact date and time frame of event
Number of people attending
Type of organization (non-profit, commercial, private)
Area of the park you wish to reserve
Permit fees must be paid in person at the Park and Rec office at Robb Field in Ocean Beach.
Robb Athletic Field
2525 Bacon Street
San Diego, CA 92107
Phone (619) 531-1563