Residents all over Encinitas are getting excited for Saturday, January 10th, and for good reason – it's a celebration that's been more than a year in the making. That's the date when, starting at 10 a.m. and running until 2 p.m., the mayor and city council will be on hand for the grand opening of the much anticipated Encinitas Community Park on Santa Fe Drive.
On top of the ribbon cuttings of the skatepark, athletic fields, and Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park, there will also be plenty of children's games, a picnic-style hot dog cookout, and meet and greets with professional skaters. Other activities going on during the park's grand opening include youth sports demos and a community pet health expo.
A few of the main features of Encinitas Community Park are:Sprawling across forty-four acres in the heart of the city, just minutes from the coast, the Encinitas Community Park was designed with the needs and wants of local residents in mind. There will be a wide variety of features available for public use, and the entire project is surrounded by a serene landscape buffer.
- a two-acre dog park
- two-section skatepark with 13,000 square feet of space
- a soccer field
- three multi-use baseball and softball fields
- open turf areas for free play
- a children's playground
- paved walking paths and trails
Parking shouldn't be a problem at Encinitas Community Park – there are five separate paved lots with total parking available for up to 418 vehicles. There are also two freestanding restroom buildings on site.
Beginning on January 10th, most areas of the Encinitas Community Park will be open seven days a week, from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. The athletic fields, skatepark, and Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park will all be open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk.
Construction on the park began in September 2012. The project was budgeted for a total cost of $42.75 million, with $18.2 million spent on the acquisition of the land, $5.25 million on research, design, and development, and the final $19.3 million being spent on the construction process. Of the $19.3 million in construction costs, $14.8 million came from existing and reallocated funds, while the other $4.5 million was obtained through gap financing.
For more information about Encinitas Community Park or the grand opening celebration on January 10th, contact the City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department via phone at 760-633-2740. You can also visit the city's website at www.ci.encinitas.ca.us.