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Give Input on “Big Ideas” for Parks in Carlsbad


Carlsbad CA— The City of Carlsbad will hold a public meeting, December 10, to get input on a proposed multi-generational community recreation center and an outdoor adventure park, two ideas that came out of a recent planning process identifying the community’s future parks and recreation needs.
The meeting will be at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Avenue.

  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.- Multi-generational Community Recreation Center
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.- Outdoor Adventure Park

“When we gathered up all the information on what people want, what we already have and trends in parks and recreation, these two ‘big ideas’ rose to the top,” said City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Director Chris Hazeltine. “Now it’s time to explore them further, both from the technical and cost standpoints and to get input from the public.”

Multi-generational Community Recreation Center

A large scale, two story, multi-generational recreation center is proposed for Poinsettia Park. The center would feature:

  • Programs and activities for people of all generations
  • Fitness and wellness
  • Culinary arts
  • Before and after school programs
  • Dance
  • Cultural arts
  • Special events and activities for active adults 50-plus

A center like this could include:

  • Gym space
  • Exercise rooms
  • Indoor walking and biking tracks
  • Cooking areas
  • A rooftop court
  • Areas people can rent for their own events

Outdoor Adventure Park

An outdoor adventure park would create a dynamic and exciting regional, or even national, attraction for:

  • Fitness programs
  • Corporate team-building
  • Adventure and environmental education programs
  • Youth summer camps
  • Special events.

The adventure park also could include:

  • A mountain biking and BMX track
  • Climbing wall
  • Zip lines
  • Rope courses
  • Canopy tours
  • Obstacle course
  • Outdoor events space

The city would either operate these venues directly or contract with another organization to handle operations. In both scenarios, prices would be set at a level to cover the operating costs.
The community center idea was included in a recent update to the Poinsettia Community Park master plan. A location has not been determined for the adventure park.
In addition to the public meeting, the city will gather input through surveys and focus groups with potential users. Once complete in 2016, the findings of the feasibility studies will be presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission and Senior Commission. Then, they will be presented to the City Council for consideration.
For more information
Call 760-434-2826 or visit

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Give Input on “Big Ideas” for Parks in Carlsbad