29 Sep Play Your Park Out
Olympus Park ~ Encinitas
The new 3.1-acre neighborhood park on the southeast corner of Piraeus and Olympus was created and labeled as a passive-use park. Passive-use parks are self-managed, designed for a smaller population, and important to note with smaller kiddos, there are no designated parking or public restrooms. However, if you’re looking for a shady place to hang out, the construction included the planting of 76 new trees. The park offers a great place to run in the open grass and get the kiddos energy out, bring a frisbee or ball, plan a picnic or simply enjoy a shady walk.
“According to TPL.org, 67% of Encinitas residents live within a 10-minute walk to a green space or park, while the national average is 55%. (The Encinitas figure will go up once Olympus Park is factored.)”
The New Park Includes:
Playgrounds with Whimsical Play Structures
Sports Court for Basketball & Pickleball (My personal favorite feature!)
Small Skate Element
Pump Track for Bikes, Skateboards & Scooters
701 Olympus Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Buena Vista Reservoir Park ~ Carlsbad
If you’re not a Carlsbad local who’s familiar with the history, this reservoir was built in 1918 and first supplied water to all of the surrounding farms and fields for local avocado orchards. The city acquired the site in 1952, and shortly after stopped operating in 1960, when the Elm Reservoir was built and took over all of the needs.
In 2014, the city proposed selling the property to…you guessed it, a housing developer. Neighbors fought and fought to oppose the sale, asking them to consider a park instead.
Eventually, after three civic groups and more than 100 people sounded out, they ended the multi-year push to stop the parcel from being developed and Lennar Homes, a nationwide housing developer, built the park under specific agreements with the City Council. Park construction was a condition of its approval for a 123-home project near the intersection of Poinsettia Lane and El Camino Real.
The 3.1 Acre Park Includes:
Children’s Play Area
Loop Trail Around Park
Picnic Areas & Benches
Enhanced, Water-Wise Landscaping
11 New Parallel Parking Spots
Beautiful, Ocean Views
Historic Water Tank
1605 Buena Vista Way
Carlsbad, CA 92008
El Corazon Aquatics Center ~ Oceanside
A little different from your traditional neighborhood park, but no less entertaining…El Corazon Aquatics Center is the City of Oceanside’s first ever world-class aquatics center that will provide competition-level amenities.
Local swim clubs, water polo teams, and high school swim teams have been training at the center daily as part of a soft opening, which gave the city’s staff an opportunity to dial in all of the new systems before the crowds arrive.
Whether you’re swimming 50-meter laps to train for the Olympics, showing off your latest dance moves in water aerobics class, or taking the kids to the splash pad…there is truly an option for everyone.
The New Aquatics Center Includes:
56-Meter Competition Pool w/ Diving Boards
Locker Rooms & Family Changing Rooms
Warm-Water Therapy Pool
Splash Pad for Kids
Multi-Purpose Events Center
Drop-in fees are only $5 for adults, $3 for children and $2 for spectators. For locals, they are offering individual annual memberships. You can find more information on that at www.ci.oceanside.ca.us.
3306 Senior Center Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056