By Kirk Sanderson
The city of Carlsbad wants community input on the possible location of a dog park at Poinsettia Community Park, located at 6600 Hidden Valley Road. Park users and neighbors can provide input through an online survey or in person at pop-up information stations on Nov. 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. 11 a.m. at Poinsettia Community Park. The online survey will be open until Nov. 30.
An earlier proposal to build a new dog park in the central area of Poinsettia Community Park has been scrapped.
An alternate location has recently become available just to the south of the main entrance from Hidden Valley Road, where a community center was previously proposed.
City staff is seeking input on the possible location that will be used to make a recommendation to City Council as early as the end of 2017. Park users and neighbors are being asked if they support the possible location of a dog park, and why or why not.
In recent years, Carlsbad residents have requested more off-leash dog parks, and have even turned school fields into makeshift dog parks, such as the football field at Valley Middle School, which when school is not in session is almost always occupied by as many as a dozen dog owners and their pets.
As part of the Pointsettia Community Park Master Plan update, an off-leash dog park was planned in the central portion of this community park, informally known as ‘the grassy bowl.’ Due largely to concerns expressed regarding the potential loss of unstructured play area for children, the city has decided to remove the dog park from that previously master planned location. Instead, the city is looking at an alternative location for a dog park near the community park’s entrance, on the site previously planned for a large multi-generational community center. A feasibility study for the large multi-generational community center was recently completed, and ultimately the project was found not to be feasible, primarily due to parking constraints. As a result, that location is now available to be considered for a dog park.