Makeover of Pine Avenue Community Park in Carlsbad gets underway

The city of Carlsbad is starting construction of a new community center and gardens at Pine Avenue Community Park, the city announced March 16.

The park is located just south of the Village, in Carlsbad’s historic Barrio. The new multi-use community center, an ornamental garden and a community garden are slated to open in the spring of 2018, the city says. The playground, fields, picnic areas, basketball courts and senior center will remain open during construction.

The makeover comes after the city of Carlsbad updated plans for four city parks – Pine, Aviara, Poinsettia and Leo Carrillo – based on input from the community gathered during a “needs assessment” that was completed in 2013.

The new community center, which will be located at the corner of Pine Avenue and Harding Street, will feature a gym with a multi-sport court, a general multi-purpose activity room, a teen center, a state-of-the-art computer room, a homework room, and a large second-floor balcony , courtyard and administrative office. The main entrance to the 18,000-square-foot building will face a new drop-off area for the community center and adjacent Senior Center. “The other entrance aligns with the east entrance to the Senior Center, with the goal of creating a seamless, integrated, multigenerational campus,” the city says.

The gardens will be located on a vacant 1.5-acre parcel at the corner of Madison Street and Chestnut Avenue. The site will include an “ornamental” garden with a community plaza, shade structure, drought tolerant plants, picnic areas, artwork and seating.

A new community garden will feature over 30 raised planters for lease, and an area to be used for education and gardening demonstrations. The plots at the community garden are administered through a partnership with the Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative. Carlsbad has two other community gardens: the Harold E. Smerdu Community Garden on Laguna Drive, behind City Hall, and the Calavera Schoolhouse Community Garden at Calavera Hills Community Park.

The park improvements incorporate sustainable energy and water savings features, including LEED silver equivalent building design standards, energy generating solar photovoltaic panels, a dual-port electric vehicle charging station, surfaces that help prevent storm water runoff and a water conserving landscape palette.

Regular construction hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Neighbors have been advised that construction vehicles will come and go from the site; that some parts of construction will be noisy; and that part of the park’s parking lot will be used for construction equipment and materials. Patrons with questions about the construction project should call Parks & Recreation Administration at 760-434-2826 or email parksandrec@carlsbadca.gov.

The construction contract for this project is nearly $8.5 million. The project is funded with fees from developers. The city contracted with Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects Inc. for the project design and with Barnhart-Reese Construction Inc. for the project construction.

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