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Ocean Street Beach Access Project

Ocean Street Beach Access MapThe City of Carlsbad is working on a number of projects to make it easier to get to the beach and have a better experience when you get there. One way we’re doing this is to improve the seven public beach entrances and stairs along Ocean Street from Oak Avenue north.

What's the Latest? 

Improving these beach entrances to make them more attractive and inviting has taken longer than anticipated and the construction schedule has been updated. The Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Avenue entrances were substantially completed and reopened in time for the Memorial Day holiday. The Carlsbad Village Drive entrance was substantially completed in time for the Independence Day holiday.

Rather than start construction on multiple remaining beach entrances during the busiest portion of the summer season, the city will put on hold the improvements at the Grand Avenue, Oak Avenue and Christiansen Way entrances during the summer months, and resume after Labor Day weekend. Construction on the Cypress Avenue entrance will start in early August. 

Construction Details

  • Improvements were substantially completed at the Rue Des Chateaux entrance in mid-May.
  • Improvements were substantially completed at the Beech Ave. entrance in late-May.
  • Improvements were substantially completed at the Carlsbad Village Dr. entrance in early July.
  • Construction begins at the Cypress Avenue entrance in early August and improvements will be completed in mid-September.
  • Construction begins at the Grand Avenue and Oak Avenue entrances in mid-September and improvements will be completed in mid-November.
  • Construction begins at the Christiansen Way entrances in mid-November and improvements will be completed in late December.
  • Only the entrances under construction will be closed to the public during the project. 
  • The work is phased so that all other entrances will remain open during the project, to maintain public access to the beach.
  • Regular construction hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhood regularly may notice construction-related noise and increased construction vehicle traffic.
  • Upon completion, the new features will make the entrances more inviting, safer and easier to find.


  • August 2017: The Carlsbad City Council approved detailed site plans, landscaping plans and construction documents for the project, and authorized going out to a public bid for the construction of the project. The complete staff report and visual simulations can be found here.
  • December 2015/April 2016: The city gathered community input on draft conceptual designs through public workshops and an online survey. Reports on the input received and workshop presentations are posted on the city's website.
  • August 2016: The conceptual plans for the project were approved and the Planning Commission issued a Coastal Development Permit for the project.
  • November 2016: The City Council approved a contract with a local landscape architectural firm to develop the site/landscape plans and construction documents needed to build the improvements.
  • October 2017: The City Council awarded a contract with a local engineering and construction firm to build the improvements. 
  • January 2018: Construction began at the Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Avenue entrances.
  • March 2018: Construction began at Carlsbad Village Drive entrance.
  • May 2018: Improvements were substantially completed at the Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Avenue entrances.
  • July 2018: Improvements were substantially completed at the Carlsbad Village Drive entrance.

Project Goals

  • Make the stairs, railings and landings more attractive and inviting
  • Provide amenities like bike racks, benches and trash/recycling receptacles
  • Add lighting, crosswalks and other safety features
  • Create places to stop and enjoy the view
  • Make entrances easier to find
  • Beautify the entrances with drought tolerant landscaping and design features
  • Improve privacy, security and aesthetics for neighboring properties

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For More Information 

For more information, contact Park Services Manager Kyle Lancaster at 760-434-2941 or kyle.lancaster@carlsbadca.gov.