Rancho Mirage Community Park

Rancho Mirage, CA

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Project Description

The Altum Group provided entitlement and preliminary design, final design and construction services (field engineering and survey support) for the redesign and construction of the City of Rancho Mirage’s premier park, The Rancho Mirage Community Park. Formerly named Whitewater Park, this facility is located on the south side of the Whitewater Channel, the project expanded the park with the addition of 3 acres and included a complete remodel of the existing 7-acres. The project included a new 25,000-foot amphitheater for special events (including terrace seating for up to 1,000 guests), a new playground area, pickleball courts, and exercise stations with remodeled hardscaping and landscaping. The project also required protecting the historical Casa Chiquita structure (the oldest home in Rancho Mirage) throughout construction.

Project Challenge

The Rancho Mirage Community Park is the City of Rancho Mirage’s premier park. The existing 7-acre park is located along the Whitewater Channel. Site constraints included ensuring continuous access to the adjacent Whitewater Channel by Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and unknown locations of on-site utilities. Additional challenges included specific parking requirements for proposed park events, noise and lighting concerns related to the proposed amphitheater, and protection and incorporation of the historical Casa Chiquita structure (oldest home in Rancho Mirage) into the revised park.

Project Solution

The Rancho Mirage Community Park was carefully designed to address the unique constraints, including large vehicle access by the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) to the adjacent Whitewater Channel; temporary parking areas for park events, preparation of an event parking plan, and noise and lighting studies to carefully locate the proposed amphitheater. The design also included careful consideration and incorporation of the Casa Chiquita home into the new park. Prior to construction, the City and design team worked closely together to determine preliminary costs and recommend site plan modifications to stay within the City’s budget. During construction, the City, contractor, and design team worked tirelessly to address unknown utilities which could potentially impact the schedule and budget. This multi-year project was completed in 2015 and the annual Music in the Park Series and Art Affaire are now held in the redesigned park.