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Veterans Memorial Park Update

Following a more than two-year planning process involving hundreds of community members, city staff and consultants have completed the recommended Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan. The 91.5 acre park will be located near the corner of Faraday Avenue and Cannon Road, providing spaces for active recreation, hiking and quiet contemplation with sweeping views of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Carlsbad’s coastline. 

The city Parks & Recreation Commission reviewed the park’s master plan on Jan. 25 and voted to recommend the City Council approve the plan. The recommended master plan is tentatively scheduled for City Council approval Feb. 23, 2021. If approved, the next step will be environmental analysis and permitting, before preparing the park’s plans and specifications. Based on the current schedule, staff anticipates submitting entitlement applications to the Planning Division in Spring 2021, and returning to the City Council in Fall 2021 for adoption of the final master plan and approval of the entitlements and environmental document. 

The recommended master plan went through several rounds of public and technical review to help it achieve the right balance of community needs and priorities. Some of the specific park features called for in the master plan include:

  • Rustic, nature-inspired playground
  • Group exercise areas
  • Family picnic areas
  • Native and interpretive gardens
  • Family-oriented bike park with interwoven loop paths and jumps
  • Trails around the perimeter and through the park, with connection to the citywide trails system
  • Plazas, look out points and gathering areas
  • Public art (incorporated into the memorial features) 

See renderings and read more about what’s planned on the project webpage. The city has set aside funding from a special tax on vacant properties (Community Facilities District No. 1) to pay for the park’s design, permitting and construction. The current budget for the park project is approximately $23 million. 

Next Steps

  • Feb. 23, 2021, 3 p.m. - City Council considers approval of the recommended master plan 

More information


January 25, 2021