Now that most of the hardscape improvements have been completed, the contractor has been focusing on site amenities such as bike racks, benches, and picnic tables. The new restroom structure is almost complete with only interior finishing and fixtures still needing to be installed. Shade structures at the tot lot, picnic and ball field areas are all scheduled to be installed later this month. The contractor is starting the landscape improvements as many of the container plants have arrived on site. The sports field sod is scheduled to be installed in November.
A grand opening celebration for the new park has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday December 6, 2014. More detailed information will be available as the date nears.
On a related note, the smaller Sunset View Park across Superior Avenue is also progressing nicely. Rough grading has been completed. The contractor is currently working on drainage and irrigation improvements. This project is also scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of this year.
- October 14, 2014
Project Update presented to Council September 23, 2014
The proposed 13.67 acre Sunset Ridge Park is situated on the northwest corner of West Coast Highway and Superior Avenue in the West Newport community. The proposed park is to be an ‘active’ park per the city’s General Plan. Proposed park amenities include:
- Pony League Baseball Field
- Soccer Fields
- Children's Play Area
- Picnic Area
- Memorial Butterfly Garden
- Overlook Area with Shade Structure
- Meandering Concrete Walkways
- Meandering Retaining Walls
Public parking is available at the adjacent existing parking lot off Superior Avenue. Visitors can access the park from one of two proposed walkways or the stair case which is connected to the Superior Avenue and West Coast Highway sidewalk. A serene butterfly garden is located at the east end of the park. As you follow the meandering walkways to the west, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from a shaded overlook area. Moving further west, visitors will find two soccer fields and a Pony League baseball field. The far west side of the park features a picnic area and a children’s play area for family enjoyment. Restrooms are also located on the west side for convenience.
In addition to the program elements, the landscape design will compliment the overall character of West Newport while paying special attention to views of adjacent residents and the existing natural habitat. The passive area landscape on the perimeter of the site will be a more drought tolerant informal landscape, while the active play areas will be more manicured including turf grass. All landscape areas will be irrigated using an automatic underground system. The irrigation system will be divided into several systems based on the water requirements and sun orientation of landscape within each hyrodrozone. The irrigation system shall provide 100% head to head coverage and be designed to minimize overspray.
Printable Site Plan [PDF]
Two Week Look Ahead Schedule
Additional Project Information
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Sunset Ridge Park ground breaking ceremony - December 10, 2013
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For additional information, please contact Senior Civil Engineer Andy Tran at 949-644-3315 or Construction Supervisor Marcus Puglisi at 949-644-3331.