The City of Tustin has announced that work has begun on the initial 26-acre segment of Tustin Legacy Park. This first segment of the park runs from the corner of Red Hill Avenue and Barranca Parkway to Armstrong Avenue. Phase one of this segment calls for grading of the entire site and planting of the detention basin area. This phase is estimated to be complete by late spring 2017 at an estimated cost of $5.1 million.
Located at the southwest corner of Tustin Legacy, this phase will be a passive park with trails and open space areas. The park will feature native and naturalized plants and a botanic walk which emphasizes water wise planting. The feature will be designed as somewhat wild encouraging exploration of the outdoor environment and appreciation of California’s native plants. A small wetlands will be incorporated with bulrush and cattail. Grasses and wildflowers will be planted in the detention basin.
“Tustin Legacy Park is one of the prominent features of the Tustin Legacy community. When completed, this amenity will connect all of Tustin Legacy from the Metrolink Station at the northeast corner to its southwest corner, further adding to the importance of connecting our businesses and residents to the outdoor environment and providing options for getting around that include biking, walking and jogging,” said Tustin Mayor John Nielsen.
Tustin Legacy Park is will also be an important and valued amenity for Flight at Tustin Legacy, a collection of collaborative, non-traditional workplaces being developed by Lincoln Property Company Commercial that is planned for approximately 870,000 square feet of office space, support uses and a food hall. By locating the work environment near Tustin Legacy Park, it will allow the natural beauty of Southern California to come right up to the work space. The amenities and architecture of Flight will be designed to allow people seamless access to this natural asset. All told, Tustin Legacy Park will be a competitive and attractive amenity for future businesses and employees.
In addition to its native plantings, trails and walkways, Tustin Legacy Park will also feature a trailhead for visitors, an amphitheater and a monument sign at the corner of Red Hill Avenue and Barranca Parkway.
KASA Construction has been selected to complete the first phase of grading and planting.
Tustin Legacy, formerly known as Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin, encompasses a total of 1,600 acres in the heart of Orange County. Since the marine base was officially conveyed in 2002, the City of Tustin has overseen planning, development and significant infrastructure investment for a new master-planned community that connects residents and businesses with a collection of retail and restaurant amenities, open space, quality neighborhoods, schools and services.
Underscoring the importance of infrastructure investment to its master plan, more than $200 million has been invested to provide infrastructure to Tustin Legacy. As the master planner partnering with public and private entities, the City of Tustin has taken the lead in providing roads, utilities, and drainage facilities to ensure support of new development and circulation for residents and businesses. The infrastructure investment helps to facilitate the ongoing development of homes, parks, and business centers and encourages innovation in new built environments.