In 1978 the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee was formed by a small group of local residents to influence Village direction, and to preserve its beauty, charm and rustic lifestyle.
Over the past 38 years CVVIC has created the Welcome Garden at the Village entrance, built a network of pedestrian pathways, provided rustic outdoor lighting fixtures, and fought for utilities to be placed underground throughout the Village. Trash pickup, and maintenance of the gardens and pathways is all provided by the efforts of CVVIC.
In 1995, CVVIC purchased a 1.44-acre parcel of land east of the Carmel Valley Community Park that was deeded to the Carmel Valley Park District for public use. This open space also houses the Carmel Valley History Center.
We represent the Village at the Carmel Valley Blue Ribbon Road Committee addressing Village safety, and we provide rent and upkeep for the Sheriff’s Community Field Office located at the Park Activity House.
CVVIC depends on assistance from our community to help us provide safety improvements, and to maintain the beautiful gardens and pathways that take you through our Village.
Click through for details on a few of the many improvements CVVIC has accomplished over the past 38 years:
2016: Pathway Safety Project
By 2016, the wall was in a state of disrepair. It was difficult to see how to get from the pathway from Pilot, past the Inn’s driveway and then onto the designated pathway in front of the Inn. Once again the pathway was cut back to the County line and a retaining wall built to keep the pathway clear and allow drivers to see pedestrians.
2016: Welcome Garden Redo
2015: New Sheriff’s CFO
2015: New Pathway, New Barrels, Refreshed Sign
2014: Sheriff’s CFO Moves to New Location
2012: Party in the Village!
2002: Sump Pump Relocation
2000-2013: Monterey County Sheriff’s Community Field Office
1995: Community Park Addition
1989-Today: Benches and Trash Barrels
1989: Ford Road/Carmel Valley Road Intersection
1989-Today: Welcome Garden
1988-Today: Pedestrian Pathways
CVVIC is currently raising funds to extend the pathways from Tularcitos School along Via Contenta, thereby encircling the Village with pathways and giving children a safer way to walk to and from school. Future projects may include pathways to Rosie’s Bridge, to reach the Little League Field off Paso Hondo, and possibly reach all the way to Garland Park.
1982-1989: Swartz Park and the Gaslight
The plaque at the base of the gaslight reads: “This lamp was lighted on February 7, 1968 to commemorate the bringing of natural gas to the Carmel Valley Village area by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.”
1980’s-Today: Utility Undergrounding
CVVIC’s first project was an 8-year-long collaboration with Monterey County and PG&E to underground utility wires in the Village. Compare these two photos, taken from the same spot, looking west toward the wire-filled view, and east toward the area with undergrounded utilities.
In 2013, CVVIC worked with Public Works to secure public funding that will continue the undergrounding from the western edge of the village to Garland Park, creating a more scenic approach to the Village. As of summer 2013, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project. Work won’t begin for some time and is slated to be completed by 2020.
1980’s: Rustic Lampposts
Please send us a note introducing yourself and letting us know how you would like to help – either by contributing labor or materials for a specific project, or volunteering your time on a regular basis. We’d love to have you join us!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Katherine Klawans Smith
Marj Ingram Viales
Director in Memoriam