OK, City Fathers/Mothers, here's the plan

Just what Carlsbad needs - more grass.

Being more-or-less a newbie resident of Carlsbad (9 months), I am
still in the discovery phase which eventually becomes the “why not” phase. So,
City Fathers/Mothers here goes.

Almost daily I hike the path from Carlsbad Village Drive to Cannon
Road. A couple of miles one-way and about as enjoyable and peaceful journey as
one could ask for. On that trip I always pass a triangular plot of grass just
south of the Off-Shore Surf Shop. It might be, foot-for-foot, the most heavily
used plot of ground in the city. Kids tumble there, drummers drum there, yoga
excisers contort there, hacky-sack players jump around there, folks sit and
read there and all of them enjoy the view.

So, the thought struck me – why not expand it. There is a parking
lot (the city has provided plenty of free, nearby parking anyway) adjacent to
the grass right behind the Surf Shop and the Beachwalk Rental Villas next door.
There are 52 parking spaces in all. Parking for the Villas is around on the
east side of the building and access is through the parking lot.

Impossible to make that parking lot a grassy area? I don’t think
so. Do it one of two ways – 1) Make a two lane – entrance/exit – entry to get
around to the Villa parking and rip out the rest of the concrete; or 2) just
take out the 18 parking slots on the south end and extend the grass down to
where the entry point is located to go around the Villas.

Either way, make it grass with concrete benches like are already
in place, maybe even put in a play structure for kids. It would enhance the
scenery and many, many more folks would get a chance to enjoy the view than
those who park in those 30 spots facing the Pacific do now. It wouldn’t be
nearly as expansive, but it would be on the order of what it looks like off the
main drag in Laguna Beach.

After nine months one thing I’ll say for Carlsbad – it certainly
seems like a progressive city, I hope I’m not wrong. And can this plan or
something similar work? Why not?




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Christine Bevilacqua February 26, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Welcome to Carlsbad Bill! Your idea to expand the "triangle" at Pine and CB Blvd. is a great one! While there are some wonderful improvements happening in Carlsbad, there are still many challenges to "progressive" ideas in our town. I encourage you to get involved with the residents' working group with Urban Place, a planning company that has been contracted by the city for some Village revitalization. We are also in need of more community gardens here- there is currently a 5 year wait for a plot at our ONE garden. The Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative is working hard to bring more community garden space to CB, but has hit many roadblocks and red tape with City Hall. If more residents of Carlsbad get involved and speak up about what they want to see in their city, we can hopefully become a progressive and sustainable place to live much like some of the other communities in San Diego that have multiple community gardens and less restrictive policies for businesses.


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