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of the site should function as visual transitions to the open space and the creek and use of riparian plant materials is encouraged. Transition plantings along the creek should discourage encroachment into the stream and habitat areas. The detention basin which may be constructed in the park should be blended with other landscape elements.

If the southern elementary school site is not used the neighborhood park should be moved to the school site to provide ten usable acres for park uses. The remaining “old” park site should be developed as low-medium residential (R-3000 zoning) subject to City approval of a Planned Residential Development (PRD) for the site.

C. Community Recreational Facilities

The Sabre Springs portion of required community park acreage is provided in the northern expanded neighborhood park. This is discussed in Section 7.2B above.

Sabre Springs should also contribute to the construction of a community park building to be shared with Carmel Mountain Ranch. This building is expected to be cited in Carmel Mountain Ranch, in “Chicarita Park,” or some other location easily accessible to both communities.

In addition, a swimming pool serving a population of 50,000 residents or more should be provided in the Carmel Mountain Ranch-Sabre Springs-Rancho Peñasquitos area. Sabre Springs should contribute a proportionate share of funds to this facility.

D. Viewpoints and Passive Areas

Four viewpoints and passive areas are proposed along Chicarita Creek and Peñasquitos Creek as shown in Figure 11. These areas offer opportunities for resting and viewing without encroachment into creek habitat areas. They are located off of streets and pathways for adequate access. Turnouts or parking for cars and/or bicycles may be provided.

The sites may be selectively cleared. Any landscaping should enhance the existing vegetation and should utilize native or naturalized species.

As an option, the viewpoints may be developed as passive recreation areas. Benches, tables, pathways and paved areas may be installed to enhance the use of these areas. These amenities should complement the landscaping described above and an informal atmosphere should be created.

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