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Veterans Memorial Park

The City of Carlsbad is developing a master plan for its next community park. Veterans Memorial Park is located on 91.5 acres, near the intersection of Faraday Avenue and Cannon Road.

Draft Master Plan

Based on public input gathered throughout the planning process, the city has developed the Draft Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan shown below. Click on the image to view the plan more closely. A summary of the park features is outlined below:


The park will be physically separated into two distinct areas (north and south) which transition through passive uses and open space to a prominent memorial element at the high point of the site. The north side will be accessed via a primary park entrance on Faraday Avenue and via a neighborhood trail on Whitman Way. Access to the south side of the park will be located near the underpass at Faraday Avenue. The draft master plan includes the following features at the park:

North Side

  • Parking lot for 64 vehicles, EV charging stations and drop-off area
  • A memorial plaza with shaded pavilions and public art display
  • Building with a catering support room, storage and restrooms
  • Large community gathering area
  • Large inclusive playground, tucked away from the memorial plaza
  • Family and group picnic areas
  • Open lawn
  • Accessible pathway to prominent memorial art feature at the upper plateau

Vista Terraces/Upper Plateau

  • Accessible winding pathway
  • Rocky stair climb to upper plateau
  • Individual seating areas
  • Rustic, nature-inspired playground
  • Group exercise areas
  • Family picnic areas
  • Native and interpretive gardens
  • Prominent memorial art feature
  • Views of the lagoon, ocean and golf course

South Side

  • Parking lot for 39 vehicles and drop-off area
  • Playground for young children
  • Small building with restrooms and storage
  • Four-acre family-oriented bike park with spectator seating nearby and nature inspired features
  • Large shaded plaza near entrance to the bike park for group picnicking and recreation programs
  • Outdoor fitness areas for all ages with an obstacle course and exercise stations
  • Outdoor education area
  • Accessible pathway to prominent memorial art feature at the upper plateau

Visitors will have access to a perimeter trail outside the park to enjoy a hike. A multi-use trail, which will be part of the citywide trail network connecting to other city trails and to Twain Avenue, will be separated from park amenities, allowing for typical trails’ recreation including hiking, jogging, biking and dogs on leash.

Next Steps

Staff will address the remaining components of the master planning process and return to the City Council in early 2021 for consideration of adopting the completed Veterans Memorial Plan. The city’s Cultural Arts Department will conduct outreach for the public art and memorial components.

Public Input Process

The city has gathered public input at various points during the master planning process. This public involvement helps ensure Veterans Memorial Park reflects the community’s values, needs and priorities. The input gathered to date was used to develop the draft Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan and park buildings draft design concepts.

The city held the first community workshop and tour on March 9, 2019, followed by an online survey from March 9 - 23. Based on this input, the project team developed two concepts for the park's design. View the public input summary report report and appendices from the first workshop and online survey.

The city held a second public workshop on Sept. 21, 2019, followed by an online survey from Sept. 22 - Oct. 6 to gather input on two concepts for the park’s design. View the public input summary report and appendices.

On March 5, 2020, a focus group meeting was held to gather additional community input on the development of the family-oriented bike park area planned for Veterans Memorial Park. View the focus group summary report.

Quick Links

Draft Veterans Memorial Park Master Plan
Draft design concepts for park buildings
Draft design concepts for family-oriented bike park
Draft Circulation Plan
Project fact sheet
Self guided tour
"Virtual" video tour
Public workshop presentation (03-09-19)
Map showing site boundaries and habitat areas
Veterans Memorial Park Workshop and Survey #1 Public Input Report
Veterans Memorial Park Workshop and Survey #2 Public Input Report
Veterans Memorial Park Bike Park Focus Group Meeting Summary Report

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Text the keyword VeteransPark to 797979 to sign up for text updates. 

Contact project manager Barbara Kennedy at 760-434-2974 or barbara.kennedy@carlsbadca.gov