• New City Park: Robert “Bobby” Acquistapace Park

    April 6, 2021
    New City Park: Robert “Bobby” Acquistapace Park

    The City of Santa Maria is pleased to announce its 28th City Park is now open for the community’s enjoyment. Robert “Bobby” Acquistapace Park - located on the corner of Sonya Lane and Western Avenue - opened to the public on Saturday, April 3rd. 

    The new park has two basketball courts, three barbeque and picnic areas, and a one-of-a-kind playground structure with musical instruments, generous greenspace, restrooms, and necessary infrastructure for special events.

    The new park is named after Robert “Bobby” Acquistapace for his commitment and contribution to community youth recreation. Bobby participated in the Elks Rodeo & Parade for more than a half-century. During his tenure as chair of the parade, from 1977 to 2009, Bobby re-established the Elks/Minetti Mino Rodeo that provided thousands of elementary school-aged children with an experience at the rodeo. Bobby also served the community through his membership in the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Association, the Santa Maria Riding and Roping Club, and the Vaqueros de Los Ranchos. 

    Construction commenced in March 2020 and cost under $700,000. The project was completed with the City acting as an owner/builder, as well as performing much of the landscaping, irrigation and finish grading. This approach saved the City about 30 percent on overall build costs and delivered tremendous value to residents. Specialty work was subcontracted to Pleinaire Design Group, J.F. Will Company, Rusty Cameron Landscape Construction, Central Coast Playgrounds, Snow Construction, Bethel Engineering, and JD Humann Landscaping.

    For more information contact the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260 or visit www.cityofsantamaria.org/recreation.