Following a more than two-year planning process involving hundreds of community members, the Carlsbad City Council unanimously approved the recommended Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan in concept on Feb. 23. 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.
Designed in collaboration with the community, Veterans Memorial Park will bring the first bike park to Carlsbad, where families can try their off roading skills. It will also feature trails, a nature inspired playground and several elements that honor those who have served our country. Other features will include:
Group exercise areas
Family picnic areas
Native and interpretive gardens
Plazas, look out points and gathering areas
Accessible winding pathway and rocky stair climb to upper plateau
Public art (incorporated into the memorial features)
The master plan report has the park layouts and renderings that give a feel for what to expect.
There is still a bit of process to get through before construction can start – the area is home to sensitive habitat, and the environmental review and permitting process will take some time. Construction will take about a year and a half. Based on the current schedule, it will be about five years total until the park will be open for use.
The city has set aside funding to pay for the park’s design, permitting and construction. The remaining budget for the park project is approximately $22 million.