The City of Carlsbad just completed a series of improvements to enhance safety and beach access in the Ocean Street parking lot, adjacent to Frazee State Beach.
The improvements included installing a new walking path, enhancing access to the existing beach trail, widening the main entry to the lot, sealing and restriping the parking lot, and adding an additional disabled parking spot.
“This project helped the city advance its goal of enhancing access to our coastline. What we have now is a safer, more accessible parking lot. Traffic flow in and out of the lot is improved, and it is easier for people to get to and from the beach,” said Kyle Lancaster, City of Carlsbad parks superintendent.
The city waited for the busy visitor season to pass before starting the project to reduce inconveniences as much as possible.
This project is one of several city initiatives along the coastline designed to help achieve the Carlsbad Community Vision, a set of nine core values developed through a two year public outreach process. The vision emphasizes maintaining Carlsbad’s small-town beach community character, sustainability, walking, biking and public transportation, open space and the natural environment, and active, healthy lifestyles, among other values.
Later this fall, the city will seek input from the community on designs for improved beach access along Ocean Street.
Other recent improvements along the coast include a new roundabout, landscaping, public art, sidewalks and bike paths at Carlsbad Boulevard and State Street; new crosswalks between Oak and Hemlock avenues; and improved bike lanes along the entire length of Carlsbad Boulevard. Through a partnership with State of California Department of Parks & Recreation, which controls most of the beaches in Carlsbad, the city also renovated and took over maintenance of the Tamarack restrooms and refurbished and took over the maintenance of the landscaping along the upper sea wall and the bluff between Tamarack Avenue and the Ocean Street parking lot.