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Buena Vista Park Plan

Post Date:05/11/2016 11:10 AM

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May 11, 2016


Buena Vista Park Plan Finalized By Parks Commission


Using some of the many design suggestions gathered since 2014 from park advocates and City staff, on Tuesday, May 10th the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission took final comments on the project.


BuenaVistaParkIllustrationCity staff presented the previously approved plan, and how some recent suggestions could be incorporated now or in the future. The approved re-construction project will remove most of the existing park features, modify others and add new ones bringing some depth to the park’s design. Work is projected to begin in about one year.


The four-acre park at the corner of Morrison and Thornburg Streets is the City’s first public park, and last underwent renovation in 1994.


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“Since 2014, City staff has been participating in meetings and focus groups with the Buena Vista Beautifiers group and neighboring residents to come up with a design within a budget,” said Alex Posada, Director of the Recreation and Parks Department. “We work collaboratively year-round with the community to address numerous recreational needs and also identify funding sources and partnerships, and we have many examples of successful, inclusive projects such as Rotary Centennial Park, Los Flores Ranch Park, Oakley Park, and others.”


Additions will include an expanded and multi-age playground, three basketball courts, three tetherball areas, new restrooms, and rolling landscape will surround a small playfield area and three areas will remain as open areas for large gathering or community events.


Landscaping will consist of more drought-tolerant plants and trees, and the use of turf will be mainly in the playfield area.  Focal points to the project will be a raised entertainment area for concerts at the center of the park and a new historic gateway entry feature to welcome and educate visitors of the park’s historic significance.


Artistic tiles will be placed featuring life around the City and history of the park. Additional lighting and a security camera system will also be included in the project.


The project is estimated to cost $1.4 million and is funded using Federal Community Development Block Grant funds; City Park development funds and a pending Federal Land and Water Conservation Grant.


The project will require that the park be closed for about eight months, with a projected starting date of June 2017.  Residents are encouraged to use Adam Park, Russell Park or Simas Park for their recreational needs.


The City apologizes in advance for the inconvenience to the community that this re-construction project will cause.




Department:                           Recreation and Parks

Contact Person:                      Alex Posada, Director

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260

E-mail Address:             

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