On July 1, 2014 City Council approved the transfer of 7.46 acres of City owned land located at 401 W. St. Johns Ave. from the Watershed Protection Department to the Parks and Recreation Department for the development of the park. Since 1970, the property has been utilized by the University Hills Optimist Club for youth sports activities. The site currently contains two youth ball fields, a multi-use field, parking area, a concession building, storage and maintenance buildings.
Council provided funding in the FY 2015 budget for master planning efforts for the property. The master plan through input from stakeholders will provide a vision and plan for the future development of the park. Norris Design, a local landscape architecture and planning firm, was selected through a Request for Proposal process to lead this planning effort.