El Corazon Planning Effort

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El Corazon (the Heart, in Spanish) is a City-owned parcel of 465 contiguous acres located in the center of Oceanside, bounded by Rancho Del Oro Drive on the east, Oceanside Boulevard on the south, El Camino Real on the west, and Mesa Drive on the north. An ongoing planning process begun in 2003 will eventually develop the site to contain the following mixture of land uses: parks and recreation (212 acres), habitat (164 acres), civic services (34 acres), Oceanside Boulevard commercial (25 acres), village commercial (19 acres), and hotel (11 acres).

On August 31, 2011, the City Council approved the selection of Sudberry Properties/Soccer Field of Dreams as the developer for El Corazon, following unanimous support from the Economic Development Commission (EDC) and staff. Please see the EDC staff report and analysis on this topic, as well as a copy of the developer’s proposal. El Corazon Specific Plan Amended December 2019 (96 MB - large document).

On January 2, 2013, Council approved a El Corazon Recreational DDA Amendment 1 , including an athletic fields lease agreement for the development of multi-use fields.  Council also approved a DDA for commercial development and the balance of the recreational area development at El Corazon.  Council approved plans for grading a portion of El Corazon pursuant to the Reclamation Plan and authorized City Engineer to call for bids.

On November 4, 2015, Council approved a Professional Services Agreement with RNT Architects for the design, entitlement and environmental approvals for the an aquatics center at El Corazon.  

On May 5, 2016, conceptual design and environmental studies were submitted to the Planning Department to begin the approval process.   The approval process is anticipated to be completed in Fall of 2016.  Renderings.  The Aquatics Center will provide competition-level amenities to serve Oceanside residents, school districts, and host regional meets.  Main components will include a 56-meter competition pool, diving boards, instructional pool, splash pad, administrative offices, meeting rooms, large multi-purpose hall, locker rooms and outdoor recreational and viewing areas.

In November 2018, the City Council approved the plans for the El Corazon Aquatics Center project.  During the first quarter of 2019, the City Council agreed to fund the project through the sale of bonds. A construction contract was awarded in the fall of 2019.  A groundbreaking was held for the El Corazon Aquatics Center on October 30, 2019.  Work is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2021 with a grand opening slated shortly afterward.

The Story of El Corazon