Vista, CA –The City of Vista City Council broke ground on Vista’s newest park on June 9, 2021. Located at 234 Pala Vista Drive (at Civic Center Drive, north of Highway 78), the new neighborhood park is set to open in summer, 2022, and is Vista’s first urban park. The “Pala Vista” neighborhood park construction contract was approved by the City Council at the March 23, 2021 council meeting with PAL General Engineering, Inc for $2.9 million. The parks construction funding includes a $2.3 million grant from the California State Parks program.
“I am personally excited to see this project get started,” said Vista Mayor Judy Ritter. “This new park will be a great addition for the neighborhood and will enhance one of our main entrance points into our city. It is unfortunate we cannot share this event with our residents present due to COVID; however, I look forward to next summer when we can enjoy the opening of the new park with our community present.”
In August of this year, the City Council will pursue an official permanent name for the park, which is being referred to as the “Pala Vista Neighborhood Park” as a working title.
PARK AMENITIES & CIVIC CENTER DRIVE IMPROVEMENTS
The new park will include two children’s playgrounds, a tree climbing structure, natural turf space, benches/seating areas, water fountains, decorative security fencing, and public art. The park will incorporate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access. The park project also includes the widening of northbound Civic Center Drive from Pala Vista Drive to Postal Way and the undergrounding of the utility lines along the park property.
This stretch of Civic Center Drive has seen other improvements, including improved landscaped medians, the addition of a third southbound traffic lane to move cars to the freeway faster, and a new northbound right turn lane at Postal Way. In 2016, a Starbucks opened at the corner of Civic Center and Phillips Street, a block from the future park site.
- Construction to begin May, 2021
- Completion is anticipated to finish in summer, 2022