Kitiyepumú Park April 3rd, 2018

Designed for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, “Kitiyepumú” Park translates to “Our Playing Place.” The park includes a wide array of amenities for users, addressing a strong desire from the tribe to provide a place for children to play, stay active, develop a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the environment. Families now enjoy  a large grass sports field, a basketball court with regulation and junior baskets, a tennis court, a sand volleyball court, a play structure, five fitness stations, and picnic tables with barbecues. Under the shade of native oaks and sycamores, along paths dotted with locally sourced boulders, and outfitted with “nature” themed and colored amenities, families will find this play space to be a reflection of the Chumash tribe’s historic and continued connection to the California landscape. To put this philosophic legacy into action, the park utilizes recycled water generated from the Tribe’s water reclamation facility for all Park irrigation, and has incorporated native, drought tolerant plantings, and stormwater quality treatment areas. Combined, these features all work together to not only reduce overall water use, but also ensure the protection of nearby Zanja de Cota Creek from stormwater pollution and degradation. A collaborative effort between our Landscape and Civil Departments, the Tribe, and Summit Project Management, Wallace Group is honored to be a part of the Chumash tribe’s legacy in protecting our state’s natural resources and fostering safe and healthy places for community members.