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FCPG hears update on Village View Park

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Fallbrook Community Planning Group meeting Monday, Oct. 17, included an update on Village View Park.

Stephanie Kopplin, who is the park project manager for the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, gave the presentation. The park was a non-voting item for the planning group.

“We are currently in our final stage of permitting review,” Kopplin said.

Kopplin expected the permitting process to be complete this fall. In October 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to take the necessary actions to advertise the project for bid and award a contract, and while the county board of supervisors action adopted the environmental mitigated negative declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the park other permits must be acquired.

“We’re getting all our bid documents together,” Kopplin said.

In March 2020, the county board of supervisors approved the purchase of 6.8 acres of land on the south side of Fallbrook Street between Morro Road and Golden Road for use as a local park. Three virtual public meetings were held that year with the input being used to develop a conceptual plan.

The planned amenities include play areas, a picnic area, a multi-purpose field, an open field, a skateboarding facility and a dog park. The restrooms will be shaded to reduce energy use and mitigate heat effects. The 68 planned parking spaces include three stalls meeting Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and parking for five bicycles is also planned. More than 100 new trees will be planted, and gardens with native plants will provide local habitat for wildlife. The park will also have multi-use trails.

Kopplin also noted that interpretive signage will be provided.

“We want to make sure that we’re telling all of the unique stories that are special to Fallbrook,” she said.

“Looking forward to this great park,” planning group chair Eileen Delaney said.

 

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