Carlsbad welcomes new park

You never know what lies just around the corner. New opportunities? New chances? A new park? Waiting for you at the corner of Poinsettia Lane and Alicante Road is Carlsbad’s latest recreational addition, Alga Norte Community Park.

“The citizens of Carlsbad championed this project,” Park Planning Manager Liz Ketabian said. “There was no single leader for the project, but rather a team of parks and recreation staff, a landscape architectural firm, Wimmer Yamada and Caughey, as well as representatives from our own community who provided input to the design for the park.  It takes a team to build a park with such diversity.”

And it is the park’s diversity that has the community excited. The neighborhood welcomed the highly-anticipated park on Dec. 31, 2013.

“Planning began in 2001 for the park with community outreach and continued until 2010,” Ketabian said. “The project was then put out for bid and a design build contractor was hired to construct the park beginning in early 2012.”

The facility was no small feat. Equipped with several sports fields, basketball courts and playgrounds, Alga Norte offers something for everyone. A picnic area provides barbeques for visitors as well as a few unique features.

“[Attraction popularity] may be a tie between the skate park, the dog park and the aquatics center,” Ketabian said.

From highly experienced to beginners, skaters of all kind are encouraged to come shred on the street course and take advantage of extended late hours (lighting proved by Alga Norte). Also man’s best friend has a play area for themselves.  Now Clifford has the chance to let his fur fly. He can chase balls and squirrels with fellow canines.

Plus the park also houses a 56-meter competition pool and a 25-yard instruction pool. A spa for adults and splashing fun features for children provide the ultimate experience for the entire family.

Bringing families together in a safe and clean manner, Alga Norte is here to stay. Gather your hamburger buns, towels and basketballs. Lancers embrace your surroundings and head out to this unique corner of town.

“There is something for everyone at this park, from skateboarding to picnicking to paddleboard yoga. People can get outside and enjoy and engage in healthy activities,” Ketabian said. “We will be a healthier community for having such a facility to facilitate healthy active lifestyles right here in Carlsbad.”