In May 2003, a Conceptual Park Plan based on community input workshops in 2002 was approved by the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Commission (PROS). It was submitted to the CCSD Board of Directors at its November 20, 2003 Board meeting. The proposed plan indicated the development of 17.5 acres of The Fiscalini Ranch Preserve/East.
In 2001, the County of San Luis Obispo contributed $500,000 towards the purchase of the East Ranch for development as an active recreation community park. The project is included in the San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Element. It was also adopted by the CCSD Board in 1994 as part of the PROS Master Plan.
Cambria has a major deficit in parkland and recreational opportunities, particularly for its growing youth population. Local school facilities are maximized for athletic activities and there has been a sharp increase in soccer, baseball and other sports requiring additional playing fields. The County-owned Shamel Park is far too small to support a population of more than 6,000.