Castle Park High School Stadium Modernization Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sweetwater Union High School District
Document Title
Castle Park High School Stadium Modernization Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The District proposes to remove the existing track and field, home and visitor bleachers, one home team concessions building, one visitor team concessions/restroom building, one storage building , press box, public address/sound system, the four stadium light posts, one home team restroom building, and one classroom building. The project would remove the two east-most basketball courts and the fenced storage area, just north of the stadium on CPHS campus. The proposed project would also remove five sets of existing stairs (two that connect the parking lot to the grass field, one that connects the field to the campus, and two that connect the stadium to Rienstra Street). Trees throughout the project site may be removed to accommodate the proposed project. Demolition would occur to modernize CPHS's stadium related scholastic athletic amenities. The proposed project would install a synthetic turf field , rubberized zone with high jump and pole vault, rubberized zone with long jump/triple jump and synthetic turf warm-up area, and 400-meter nine-lane rubberized track. New visitor and home bleachers would be installed with a combined seating capacity of 2,000 seats. The home team bleachers will also have a press box. Additionally, the District proposes to construct a shot put area, discus cage in a natural turf field; one concession/ticket/restroom building, one multi-purpose field storage building, and one new equipment storage building. Stadium improvements would include new stadium light fixtures (on four new light poles and two existing light poles), new public address/sound system, and new fencing and gates around the stadium. Two practice fields would be striped on the grass field west of the stadium, and four sand volleyball courts would constructed be north of the stadium. Cell equipment would remain and/or be relocated to another area of the campus. Electrical equipment would be removed and/or relocated as part of the proposed project. The proposed project would include the installation of a new underground water detention basin to the southwest of the track and field to manage stormwater onsite. The proposed project would restripe a portion of the parking lot and construct a new ramp from the parking lot and a sidewalk from Hilltop Drive to the stadium for ADA compliance. The proposed project would add new light poles with light fixtures to the southwestern parking lot, which serves the stadium, to increase safety and security. The light fixtures would be shielded, cast light downward, and would be interior to the parking lot. The proposed project would also include slope stabilization on the southwest corner of the campus along Hilltop Drive near Rienstra Street, north side of the campus where the campus meets Helix Street, and east side of the campus near the existing home grandstands. Slope stabilization would include a combination of storm drain improvements, irrigation improvements, new vegetative ground cover, and retaining walls. Attendance at sporting events has declined over the years, so the seating capacity of the new bleachers has been reduced to 2,000 spectators. The proposed project would not change the basic functions of the project site nor increase the number of events. The proposed project would not alter the existing vehicle access to the project site and would not lead to an increase in student enrollment at the CPHS campus. Overall, the proposed project would benefit the CPHS students, staff, and the general community by providing enhanced educational and athletic facilities.

Contact Information

Armando Murillo
Agency Name
Sweetwater Union High School District
Job Title
Planning Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Chula Vista
San Diego
Cross Streets
Hilltop Drive and E Rienstra Street
State Highways
MTS Trolley Line
Sweetwater School District, Chula Vista Elementary School Distri

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
§15301, §15302, §15303
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves the construction and modernization of the CPHS stadium and related facilities. The proposed project would not expand the use of these improved facilities nor increase student enrollment. The proposed project would decrease stadium capacity compared to existing conditions. The stadium improvements would serve the same purpose as the existing conditions and would continue to accommodate CPHS programs/events. Additionally, the addition of the sand volleyball courts would support student athletic curriculum and would not increase student enrollment. The new underground stormwater basin would manage stormwater from the campus, the parking lot lighting would increase safety and security, and slope stabilization improvements would support the campus; these improvements do not affect student enrollment. Therefore, the proposed project is exempt from CEQA under Sections 15301, 15302, and 15303. The proposed project was also reviewed for possible exceptions under Section 15300.2 and found that the exceptions do not apply. See the attachment for more details.
County Clerk
San Diego


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