Carlsbad Parks Department Ponders Zip Line


The City of Carlsbad, Calif. is reaching out to the community to discuss ideas for new recreation facilities.

Working in collaboration with Pro Consulting and Leisure Vision, the city developed two big ticket ideas: an outdoor adventure park, or a large-scale recreation center. The recreation center would host culinary arts classes, after-school programs, dance lessons, activities for seniors, and special events. The outdoor adventure park could include mountain biking, rock walls, a zip line canopy tour and ropes course, outdoor events space, and interpretive educational opportunities.

“Both concepts came from recent Carlsbad public planning sessions and are based on national trends,” said City Parks and Recreation Department special projects manager Mick Calarco. “There’s some really cool stuff out there that we will be exploring. Once it’s determined feasible, the next step would be to develop a business plan or an approach.”

In order to determine the feasibility of either project, there will be community meetings held on Dec. 10, during which residents will be encouraged to share their opinions on the proposals. Either project is likely to cost more than $1 million, which is the city’s threshold for capital projects that require voter approval. The meetings will be used to determine the level of community support for the ideas, if residents would pay fees for use of the facilities, and if there are organizations or businesses that might partner with the city in support of the facilities.

The City Parks and Recreation Department has a multi-year master plan in place. Any proposed projects are an enhancement to current plans


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Sarah Borodaeff is the former research editor for Adventure Park Insider magazine and current freelance contributor. A professional ski bum and former zip guide, Sarah enjoys any excuse to talk about outdoor adventures.

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