Location: San Jacinto, California
DEA provided design services for this 246-acre master-planned community in the city of San Jacinto. Residents of The Cove will enjoy a wide range of amenities, including a public park, four pocket parks, a greenbelt/paseo, natural open space, vernal pools and wetlands, and a school site. As visitors arrive at The Cove, they will experience wide expanses of landscaping along Cottonwood Avenue, the greenery of the seven-acre public park, and the dramatic backdrop of the eastern face of the Lakeview Hills. The public park will offer both passive and active recreational opportunities to the residents of the project and surrounding communities. The proposed amenities consist of a parking lot, regulation-size little league baseball field, two full-size basketball courts, a playground and tot lot, open space, perimeter walks, picnic areas, a large gazebo, a restroom, and decorative landscaping accenting the entrance into the development. Six alkali vernal pools have been identified which will be preserved and restored and serve as an educational 2.5-acre vista enveloped by the public park. The lighted greenbelt/paseo will serve as a pedestrian and bicycle link between the individual planning areas, the pocket parks, the school, and Cottonwood Avenue, which is the main collector road throughout the project.