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Board hears presentation for proposed 40-acre Vesper Park

Rendering of the map proposed for "Vesper Park" and prepared by local architect Will Rogers (see story).
June 26, 2013
A grand park with a little something for everyone might become a reality in Valley Center if those who dream ever get linked up with those who write the checks.

At the June 13 meeting of the VC Parks & Rec District board, directors heard a presentation about a possible 43-acre park, currently known as the Berkel property that could be purchased with money that the district will realize when the seven acres it is selling to developer Jerry Gaughan closes escrow later this month.

The park is the vision of "green" architect Will Rogers, who has an office in Valley Center.

It is fairly common knowledge that the parks district is in the process of selling seven acres on the corner of VC Road & Lilac Road, but not so well known is that the board will be able to take some of the money it realizes from the sale and buy an even larger parcel on Vesper Road.

Rogers's grand vision includes a two-story Community Center/Senior Center, amphitheatre, fitness center, boys and girls club or YMCA, equestrian staging area, picnic area, ball fields, sports fields, dog park, rodeo grounds carriage road/multipurpose trail, all centered around an irrigation pond fed by a seasonal stream that already exists.

The parks board will be further studying this proposal at future meetings.

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    proposed park
    June 27, 2013 | 08:04 PM

    where exactly is this "Berkel" property?

    sue richmond
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    Vesper Park, Valley Center
    June 28, 2013 | 07:09 AM

    We live just off Vesper Rd in Valley Center and are interested in the proposed park... Unfortunately, the map on the front page of the RR is illegible, the one above on your website is worse and your article doesn't mention the address of the property... Can you please cite the location of the "Berkel property"? Thank you...

    Larry E. Nielsen
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    Proposed Vesper Park
    July 01, 2013 | 08:33 AM

    The proposed Vesper Park would be a tremendous asset for Valley Center with equestrian facilities and many soccer, lacrosse, baseball fields that VC badly needs. It is a great design and located centrally to all the schools.

    Jon Vick
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    New Park
    September 24, 2013 | 01:50 PM

    To all that can read this blog...The proposed park is outstanding...Thank you Mr. Rodgers and Mr.Gaughan and to the Brekel Family...I live on Vesper Rd
    and am in full favor of the park. It is sorely needed here in Valley Center.

    William Gay
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