Company:
City of Newport Beach
Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Urban Development Project of the Year
Additional Files
View of memorial butterfly garden and Pacific Ocean
Restroom architecture
Grand opening day
Overall layout of Sunset Ridge Park
Additional Information

Sunset Ridge Park

Project Location:

4850 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, Orange County - Northwest corner of West Coast Highway and Superior Avenue

Project Description:

This project involves constructing a new 13.7-acre park at the northwest corner of West Coast Highway and Superior Avenue in the City of Newport Beach.  Proposed active recreation amenities include one youth baseball field, two youth soccer fields, a children playground area, and a picnic area with restrooms.  Sunset Ridge Park also includes passive recreation amenities such as a memorial butterfly garden, a shaded overlook area with views of the Pacific Ocean, and meandering pedestrian walkways throughout the park.  With the exception of the turf playing fields and paved areas, the park is landscaped with primarily California native plants of the Coastal Sage Scrub vegetation community.

Project Justification:

The idea of developing this active park originated over 20 years ago.  Despite many obstacles as described below and the change in leadership throughout the years, the City remained focused on the development of Sunset Ridge Park.  In accordance with the Recreation Element of the City’s General Plan, the West Newport area is in need for additional parkland.  The City recognized this need and purchased the land from the California Department of Transportation in 2006 to develop an active park.  After eight years of environmental clearance, permitting, final design and construction, Sunset Ridge Park is now complete and regularly visited by the general public.  This new active park will provide a much needed place for families to enjoy youth baseball and soccer games.  In addition to the active elements of the park, the 5.15 acres of Coastal Sage Scrub vegetation also serves as a habitat of the federally endangered California gnatcatcher.

Special Circumstances:

The location of the project presented several unique obstacles.  Since the proposed park is immediately adjacent to existing condominiums to the north, many of the residents were concerned with potential noise increase, security and loss of privacy, and loss of scenic ocean views.  City staff worked very closely with the adjacent residents throughout the design and construction phases in order to minimize or avoid the residents’ concerns.

Another obstacle was the procurement of a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) from the California Coastal Commission (CCC).  Throughout the 3-year long permitting process, a local environmental group continuously voiced their concerns regarding the development of Sunset Ridge Park claiming that the existing land is a habitat for the federally endanger California gnatcatcher.  CCC staff subsequently recommended denial of the CDP.  City staff remained persistent and was able to convince CCC Commissioners to overturn their staff’s recommendation and ultimately received the CDP on November 8, 2013.

Project Attachments:

The total project cost including environmental clearance, permitting, final design and construction is approximate $8.5 million.  Construction was substantially completed in December 2014 on schedule and within budget.

Award Citation::

Sunset Ridge Park is a new 13.7-acre park with active and passive amenities including one youth baseball field, two youth soccer fields, a children playground area, picnic area, restrooms, a butterfly garden, a shaded overlook structure and meandering walkways throughout the park.  It also includes California native landscaping of the Coastal Sage Scrub vegetation community.

Suggested Award Summary:

This project involves constructing a new 13.7-acre park at the northwest corner of West Coast Highway and Superior Avenue in the City of Newport Beach.  Proposed active recreation amenities include one youth baseball field, two youth soccer fields, a children playground area, and a picnic area with restrooms.  Sunset Ridge Park also includes passive recreation amenities such as a memorial butterfly garden, a shaded overlook area with views of the Pacific Ocean, and meandering pedestrian walkways throughout the park.  With the exception of the turf playing fields and paved areas, the park is landscaped with primarily California native plants of the Coastal Sage Scrub vegetation community.

Project Awards

Burris Pump Station Project, Phase 1Skimming the Waters of Newport HaborSunset Ridge ParkLake Forest Sports ParkCoyote Creek Class I BikewayThe Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) Corona del Mar Water Transmission MainSanta Ana River Interceptor (SARI Line) Relocation ProjectState Route 57 Northbound Widening (Central Phase)20 Story Office Tower and 8 Story parking Structure @ 650/670 Newport Center DriveTustin Ranch Road ExtensionBalboa Boulevard BeautificationPark PlaceSR 57 Widening North SegmentAnaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC)Irvine Regional Park Maintenance Building Replacement ProjectSand Canyon Avenue Grade SeparationSR-57 ImprovementsNewport Forcemain ProjectEmergency Roof Stabilization, Tustin Hangar 1Lower Santa Ana River Reach 9 Phase 2B ProjectNewport Beach Civic Center & ParkCity of San Clemente Recycled Water Expansion ProjectGroundwater Replenishment System Initial ExpansionCerritos Avenue Reconstruction and Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project Bristol Street Improvements Phase IINew Ocelot Exhibit at the Santa Ana ZooNewport Beach's Harbor Litter Removal ProjectBrookhurst Street Widening ProjectI-5/SR-74 Interchange Improvement ProjectOso Creek Multi-Use TrailPCH/Del Prado Street ImprovementsMarina ParkNewland, Edinger, and East Garden Grove Wintersburg Storm Channel Confluence SystemGobernadora Multipurpose BasinLincoln Avenue Widening over the Santa Ana RiverGilbert Street ImprovementsLAGUNA BEACH FESTIVAL OF ARTS FAÇADE/ENTRANCE PROJECTALEGRE AFFORDABLE APARTMENTSCow Camp Road Design – Phases 1A & 1BWest County Connectors ProjectWaste to Energy - Bowerman Power ProjectGlassell Yard Campus Stormwater Low-Impact Development Retrofit ProjectEsencia, Rancho Mission ViejoIrvine Boulevard Pedestrian BridgeOrange County Water District La Palma Groundwater Recharge BasinStanton Central ParkJeffrey Open Space Trail Emerald Bay Entrance WideningPeters Canyon (Wash) Channel Water Capture and Reuse Pipeline Project 91 Express Lanes Pavement Rehabilitation and CMS ReplacementMemory Lane Park, Santa AnaLa Pata Extension Project SR-91 Westbound WideningNewport Beach Country Club Clubhouse400 Spectrum Center Drive Soil Nail WallMyra 3 Stormwater Pump StationSunset/Huntington harbour Dredging and Waterline ProjectHuntington Beach Senior Center In Central ParkNewport Boulevard WideningCrown Valley Park Channel Entry ImprovementsAnaheim Convention Center Betterment VIIMackay ParkTesoro Zone II and Zone B Water FacilitiesPark Avenue Bridge over Grand CanalI-5/La Novia RoundaboutDairy Fork Wetland and Habitat RestorationJeffrey Road Park n' Ride Lot Expansion ProjectTustin-Rose Grade Separation Project, Part of the OCTA OC Bridges Grade Separations ProgramArgyros Girl Scout Leadership CenterWagon Wheel Creek Restoration and Stormwater ManagementOCTA OC Bridges ProgramABC Green Home 3.0 ProjectLaguna Beach Festival of the Arts Grounds RenovationOrtega Highway Emergency Repair ProjectThe Tracks at BreaBaker RanchCity of Buena Park Fire Station No. 61Arlington Drive Bioswale & Dry Weather Diversion ProjectAltair IrvineVillage Pond Park/Veterans Park RenovationMid-Basin Injection: Centennial ParkAgua Chinon CorridorTarbut V’ Torah Phase III & Phase IVRancho Mission Viejo Joint-Use PavilionI-5 HOV Improvement Project between Avenida Pico and Avenida Vista HermosaOrange County Great Park Sports ComplexCrawford Canyon Road Drainage Improvements & ReconstructionSouth Cove DevelopmentGreat Park Ice & FivePoint ArenaLido House HotelBroadcom Corporate Campus (now FivePoint GatewayWest Orange County Water Board Feeder No. 2 RelocationNewhope-Placentia Trunk Sewer Replacement Project State College Boulevard Grade SeparationLos Patrones ParkwayRancho Mission Viejo Multipurpose Path Urth Caffe - OrangeSR91 Widening from SR-55/91 Separation to SR-241/91 SeparationEdwards Lifesciences Parking Structure

Candidate Awards

Natalie A. Meeks, P.E.Tasha M. Kamegai-KaradiYazdan (Yaz) T. Emrani, P.E., Byron Tobey, PE, QSD, LEEP APEric WalkerGidti Ludesirishoti Victoria PilkoPratanu GhoshSteven R MarvinPhil Jones, PE Joshua Nelson, PEVictor AguirreKenneth H. Rosenfield, PEGeorge A. Jurica, PETom BogardRavi Shah, PE, QSP/QSDAmy Choi, EITElizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SPMujahid ChandooRoxanne FollisAmir Aghakouchak, Ph.D., M-ASCE, P.E.Fred MinagarJeffrey Okamoto, PEHarvey GobasChloe GhariosKevin Onuma, P.E.Ryan ChamberlainDr. Adrian MooreMichael Pierce, A.M.ASCERemi Candaele, PE, MS, QSD/QSP, M.ASCEThomas A. Broz, P.E., S.E, F.ASCEKaren Cervantes, S.M.ASCEIsamar Escobar, A.M.ASCEKevin Kondru, P.E., M.ASCEDouglas J. Johnson, P.E., M.ASCEJeremy Redman, PhDChristopher HaireMojgan Hashemi, P.E., M.ASCEOC Report Card Executive CommitteeSteven J. Huff, P.E., M.ASCEWilliam Bennett, P.E., M.ASCEBruce Phillips, P.E.Brad Dybel, PEBryant WongGyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T.Nestor Godinez, PEProfessor Joel LanningElizabeth RuedasDave LoweWei KooBill LawsonAmber GanapathyBob KallenbaughState Senator Josh NewmanGary UrbanDr. Sudarshan KurwadkarClint Isa, PEJason Fix, PEChirath "Chuck" KarunathilakeAmber ShahAshlyn AlexanderJohn C HoganMarionne Philline LapitanDr. C.T. Bathala, PhD, P.E.Kevin Du Mont, P.E.Ziad Mazboudi, P.E., D.WRE, MBADavid Frattone, P.E.Lisa BartlettJennifer BohenGyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T.Andrew Pham, PE, City of IrvineMatthew Cugini, PE, CaltransFarzian Zareian, Ph.D.Thomas T. Kim, PEDon Hoppe, PEDoug Staley, PERavi Shah, PEMark Vukojevic, PEDavid Naish, PhDLacy KellyGary L. Miller, PEKenneth RosenfieldAndrew Easterling, EITSteven L. King, PESteven R. Marvin, PEJose G. Jimenez Jr.
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