Millenia is a new multi-billion-dollar, mixed-use urban development in the Otay Ranch area of Chula Vista, California. Stylus Park is the first of six uniquely themed neighborhood parks planned for this highly urban, innovative, and sustainable development. “Interaction” is the theme of this park and the design takes inspiration from artist Henry Manning’s piece, “Social Interaction Explained,” which uses a series of intersecting forms and colors to express the variety of possibilities resulting from social interactions. The highly amenitized nature of this park was the result of an innovative, forward -thinking park funding team and the delivery concept completed between the developer and the City.
A hierarchy of interactions within the design is expressed by the intersection of walkways, gathering spaces, and program elements, which combine to create a series of unique spaces tailored to encourage socialization. The park’s central plaza is highlighted by an interactive water feature and is surrounded by a series of shade structures, informal gathering spaces, children’s play area, comfort station, and large turf space. The open turf is anchored to the east by a secondary plaza that could also serve as a small stage for events. An off-leash dog park and bocce ball courts with seating radiate from the secondary plaza and a small seating node has also been provided to further activate the interface between the park and Stylus Street.