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Park Planning

Park Improvements

The Parks & Recreation Department recently completed two important parks planning initiatives. First, the department worked with the community in November 2014 to identify current needs and future priorities for parks and recreation programs. This input is summarized in the Parks & Recreation Department Master Plan. Based on this plan and additional public input, city staff updated individual master plans for Poinsettia Community Park, Aviara Community Park, Pine Avenue Community Park and Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. The city is now in the process of designing and building projects identified in each master plan.  

More Info and Status

Feasibility Studies for Future Projects

The city recently completed feasibility studies for two ideas developed through the needs assessment process, an outdoor adventure park and a multi use, multi generational community center. The studies are in the process of being presented to city decision makers for input. Both ideas were found to not to be feasible at the locations identified. The Parks & Recreation Department will seek other ways to meet these needs, which were identified in the Parks & Recreation Master Plan.  

Buena Vista Reservoir Park

In March 2017, the Carlsbad City Council approved a series of agreements that included the creation of a neighborhood park on the site of the long-abandoned Buena Vista Reservoir.  In 2018, the city worked with the community to develop a plan for the park, which is scheduled to be completed by January 2020. For more information on the project and how to get involved visit the project webpage.

Long Range Plans

  • Robertson Ranch: This 13-acre future community park is located roughly on the northeast corner of El Camino Real and Cannon Road. There is no approved plan for the site but it is anticipated that the park will be designed with multipurpose athletic fields included.
  • Veterans Park: This future regional park is located north of Faraday Avenue just east of Cannon Road across the street from portions of The Crossings at Carlsbad golf course. The site is approximately 92 acres, of which only about 30 is developable (however trails may be located throughout most of the 92 acres). There is currently no master plan for the park, so the uses are unknown at this time.