On Thursday, October 10th, the Parks & Recreation Department held a Grand Opening Celebration at Poinsettia Community Park for three new park components: pickleball courts, playground, and multi-sport arena. The six lighted pickleball courts are a much-welcomed addition to the park by the many avid pickleball players in the community. The new playground - at more than twice the size of the old playground – features unique play equipment in separate areas for kids aged 2-5 and 5-12. The playground is designed to encourage ‘inclusive play’ and create an environment that welcomes kids and families of all abilities to learn, play and grow together. The synthetic turf multi-sport arena field with warm-up areas, bleachers and picnic tables is sure to be a popular destination for all ages to engage in a variety of sport activities.
Multi-Sport Arena Field
What's the Latest News on the Dog Park?
On Aug. 21, 2019, the Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit Amendment and Coastal Development Permit for the proposed Dog Park at Poinsettia Community Park. On Nov. 18, 2019, the Parks & Recreation Commission voted to recommend approval of a Master Plan Amendment relocating the proposed off-leash dog park to the east end of the park and adding a parking lot and restroom just south of the new pickleball courts.
The Master Plan Amendment will be presented to the City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers located at 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. Provided that the City Council approves the Poinsettia Park Master Plan Amendment, preparation of the construction documents for the dog park, parking lot and restroom will commence. Plans are expected to be complete by the end of Spring 2020 for the City Council’s approval and authorization to bid.
Poinsettia Community Park - Dog Park
The city is pursuing approvals necessary to construct a dog park on the east side of Poinsettia Community Park on a vacant split-level pad of approximately 1.07 ac. Most of the site will be re-graded into a large, gently sloped pad for the off-leash dog park. The existing grove of trees at the south end of the site will be preserved to the greatest extent possible.
The project design includes an entry plaza with shade structure and separate enclosures for large and small dogs. An area of approx. 7,700 sf is provided for small dogs, while the area for large dogs encompasses about 20,000 sf. Both areas will be enclosed and separated by a 6 ft. high vinyl-coated chainlink fence with dual gate access to each side of the dog park. Each side of the dog park will contain similar features such as dog agility equipment, drinking fountains, site furniture (benches, picnic tables, trash, etc.) and perimeter lighting.
The Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit Amendment and Coastal Development Permit on August 21, 2019. City Council approval of an amendment to the Poinsettia Community Park Master Plan will be required for the new location of the dog park. The future public hearing before the City Council will be announced on this webpage. To receive email updates, click here.
Landscape Concept Plan - Poinsettia Community Park - Dog Park
Bird's Eye View - Looking Southwest
Proposed Poinsettia Park Master Plan Amendment
The city is currently making improvements identified in the master plan update for this park, based on community input and a comprehensive needs assessment. The City Council awarded the construction contract for Poinsettia Community Park in June 2018.
Due to resident requests over recent years, a dog park was included in the Poinsettia Community Park Master Plan. Staff originally planned the dog park in the southwest portion of the park. When the community expressed concern with the proposed location, city staff requested input on another possible location for a dog park at Poinsettia Community Park. The community overwhelmingly supported a dog park just south of the main entrance from Hidden Valley Road, where a multigenerational community center was previously proposed. In February 2018 the City Council approved staff's recommendation to pursue plans to place the dog park at the alternate location.