Committee formed to design Pacific Highlands Ranch park

A new citizens committee has formed to help guide the planning and design of a proposed community park in Pacific Highlands Ranch. The park site is across from the Village and adjacent to Pacific Trails Middle School and Canyon Crest Academy.

The committee hopes to provide final design recommendations to the Carmel Valley Recreation Council for approval by March 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for people to get involved in shaping the future of their community,” said Manjeet Ranu, committee chair. “Getting feedback from residents will help us create a park that meets the needs of the Pacific Highlands Ranch area to the greatest extent possible.”

The group is a subcommittee to the Carmel Valley Park and Recreation Council and is composed of four Pacific Highlands Ranch residents and one representative each from the recreation council, San Dieguito High School District and The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch.

Monthly meetings are expected to take place over the next several months to ensure that residents and stakeholders have ample opportunity to engage in the process and share their feedback.

The committee will make recommendations on various facets of the proposed park, including facilities, accessibility, design and usage. Members of the public are invited to comment on how the park can best serve the surrounding community. The committee will also conduct its own outreach to nearby residents to ensure those closest to the future park have an opportunity to provide input.

“Our job is to ensure the park is compatible with surrounding areas and includes amenities that residents want,” said Ken Farinsky, Carmel Valley Park and Recreation Council representative and the committee’s vice chair. “We are excited to begin this process and look forward to gathering the community’s input.”