KTUA prepared construction documents to complete development of the remaining 2.6 acres of the 5.8 acre Southcrest Trails Park. KTUA lead a team of engineers to develop the approved the General Development Permit (GDP), prepared by another firm, into construction documents.
The park site included a strong theme of the local flora and fauna that played off the adjacent Chollas Creek corridor. Children’s play equipment with climbing rocks, animals and sand play areas with fossils were incorporated, along with walls and monument signs mimicking snakes. The site also included group picnic areas with shade shelters and barbecue grills, game tables, a trail system with exercise equipment located along the trail, a basketball court, a large amphitheater, and a skate plaza. Being so close to the creek and given the newest stormwater regulations, special attention was given to the water quality and hydrology. Public art was designed by a local artist.
Community outreach and collaboration for the installation of a community-led, early construction phase element also played an important part of the project. KTUA was responsible for notifying the impassioned community of the construction of the upcoming park. Hosting the first meeting at the site early in the process, KTUA shared with the community what features they could expect to see in their park. KTUA presented the community with wildflower seed packets and asked them to return during the second meeting for the ground-breaking ceremony to plant their seeds.
Southcrest Trails Park is owned and operated by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department; accordingly final construction documents, park construction and maintenance needed to conform with all City standards and regulations to be accepted by the Park and Recreation Department. Another critical component of the project was that the construction of the park was partially funded by the Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program from the State of California Natural Resources Agency and the project needed to meet very specific guidelines related to the plantings. KTUA completed construction administration and closely monitored the construction of the site to ensure all requirements were met.