Civita Park is designed to be the unifying principle and social/recreational hub of Civita, the 230-acre urban village in Mission Valley that was previously a 70-year-old sand and gravel quarry. The 14.3-acre City of San Diego neighborhood park is the centerpiece of Civita’s 60 acres of parks, open space and trails. The design of the park was inspired by the topography, history and culture of Mission Valley.
Civita Park incorporates ideas from hundreds of local residents collected during a series of public meetings and workshops. Civita Park is being developed and maintained under an innovative public/private partnership between the City of San Diego and Sudberry Properties, master developer of Civita. It is being developed at a much higher standard than typical neighborhood parks.
Civita Park is designed to create a central green spine through the center of the community, linking Serra Mesa to the San Diego River Valley. Trails connect the park to all neighborhoods in Civita, encouraging residents to increase their activity levels and social interaction.
With a grade change of 165 feet, Civita Park is situated on a challenging site. To maximize accessibility, the park was designed on a series of level terraces that start at Civita Boulevard (the main street in the community), with the most intensive uses and continue up the hill with more quiet/reflective uses. The various levels of the park are connected by the naturalistic Civita Creek and trail on the west side of the park and a formal promenade on the east side.
The topography affords the park stunning view corridors and the ability to separate uses within one facility, offering a variety of individual and group activity areas and quiet places for reflection and relaxation.