Carlsbad park planners have unveiled designs for major upgrades at three city parks, including a new dog park, community garden, a multisport arena and a new community center.
The new designs reflect updated master plansfor Aviara, Pine and Poinsettia community parks, which were completed in December 2014. The master plan updates were based on a two year planning process that generated ideas from community members on future parks and recreation needs.
Pine Avenue Community Park Improvements that would replace the parking lot at southwest corner of Harding Street and Pine Avenue include:
A multipurpose, multigenerational community center that will feature indoor recreational space, a reception area, a meeting room, and a teen center with an activity room, homework room, computer room, an outdoor deck, a staff office and storage space.
Improvements at the vacant lot at the northeast corner of Madison Street and Chestnut Avenue include:
An ornamental garden with walkways, benches and decorative elements.
Group picnic areas.
A community gathering plaza with a shade structure.
A community garden with raised planters.
Aviara Community Park Improvements would be located in the park’s undeveloped northwest corner, across the parking lot from the soccer field:
A community gathering area with a small stage.
A community building with a warming room for caterers, storage space and restrooms.
Group picnic areas.
A spacious turf area for passive recreational use.
Poinsettia Community Park Improvements would be located near the soccer field in the northwest area of the park:
A dog park with separate sections for large and small dogs.
A multisport arena with synthetic turf and bleachers.
Replacing and expanding the existing playground with separate sections for children ages 2-5 and children ages 5-12.
“We’re really excited about these projects because we have creative designers who are very good at working with the public to develop and expand recreational opportunities,” said City of Carlsbad Park Planning Manager Liz Ketabian.
Staff expect to have the plans for Aviara and Poinsettia parks ready for construction bids by the end of spring 2016, and plans for Pine Avenue will likely be ready for bid by the end of summer 2016. Construction on Aviara and Poinsettia parks may begin in autumn 2016, and on Pine Avenue in winter 2016, with completion a year later.
Besides these upgrades, the city is working on two “big ideas” for the parks, a large scale, two-story multi-purpose, multigenerational community center at Poinsettia Community Park, and an outdoor adventure park at a site to be determined.