Located within an existing 12-acre multi-use staging area, the new Field Station is accessible by horseback riders, hikers, and bicyclists. The facility houses the park’s maintenance facility, park rangers’ offices, conference room, display and information room, public restrooms, covered group picnic shelter, and screened storage yard. ADA site improvements include accessible parking stalls, footbridge, and ample seating areas. Landscape features include a native plant palette, bioswales, and hardscape materials that reflect the local environment. This important park investment gives rangers improved resources and a state-of-the-art facility to better protect the park and engage with park visitors.
As part of the project public artwork by acclaimed local artist Roman de Salvo was included. The artwork, “Fountain Mountain,” consists of a large boulder with trail-like channels carved into its surface. The artwork is inspired by the many trails at MTRP.
This project is a great example of how form and function overlap in the design process and together can result in a very enriching landscape and sense of place. With patience and restraint, good design will evolve and continually reveal its intent and beauty for years to come.
Mission Trails Regional Park, Equestrian Cir, Santee, CA 92071
City of San Diego
Jacob Randles, PMP, Associate Engineer-Civil/JRandles@sandiego.gov
Spurlock Landscape Architects