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Update 12-31-23

We hope that these updates have been helpful to you over the years. While we began putting them out during the start of my term, we significantly increased the number of them each week during COVID, because we knew there were a lot of people out there wanting more information.  Thank you all for keeping up with us as we’ve talked about the many developments in our community.

Over the past week, we’ve enjoyed celebrations at the new splash pad, at the Halagueno Arts Park, and on top of C-Hill. As this year comes to a close, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on many of the other projects that have been completed over the past 13 years.

The Halagueno Arts Park has come a long way, thanks to the hard work of all its committee members. The Hall of Fame, inside the Carlsbad Museum, is another important cultural development that celebrates Carlsbad. The Cavern Theatre will also be an incredible addition to our community.

The Carlsbad Veterans Park is another outstanding accomplishment that was developed through a community-wide effort, as was the Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex, which includes a splash pad. The sports complex is widely considered to be one of the best in the state. The Ray Anaya San Jose Plaza and Nick Salcido Park have seen major developments. Carlsbad has also successfully completed massive renovations to its cemetery, including the recently opened Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Of course, one of the areas in Carlsbad where we’ve seen the most development is the beach area. The Carlsbad Water Park, upper beach area and gazebo, Friendship Park, two splash pads, Carlsbad Miniature Golf, Beach Pavilion, volleyball courts, basketball courts, pickleball courts have all come in place over the past few years. Everything is now joined together by a pedestrian bridge at the island.

Another major capital project includes the purchase of the federal building, which is now the Janell Whitlock Municipal Building that houses the City’s planning department, municipal court and council chambers. A police substation and two fire stations have been added as well. Carlsbad also successfully completed the relocation and renovation of the San Jose Senior Center to the Alejandro Ruiz Senior Center on Kircher St.

One of the most significant accomplishments for Carlsbad’s future is the completion of the Double Eagle Water System. This, along with the development of the Tatum Water Wells, will ensure Carlsbad’s future for years to come. As Carlsbad has experienced a historical growth period, there have been numerous improvements to sewer and water lines, wastewater treatment plant, and, of course, the streets. The development of the “South Loop,” is a relief route that has served as a safety measure for our ever-growing community. A number of beautification and entryway signs have been added. In particular, the recent completion of the newly lighted “C” up on C-Hill.

The City of Carlsbad was also proud of its role in the continuation of the Avalon Program at the Jeff and Evy Diamond Building. We played an important role in college independence, in restoring WIPP operations, and in the successful closure of the brine well. These are just a few of the highlights.

We are also proud of the many of the programs added to the community, including the prayer breakfast, the energy summit, and the 4th of July celebration. We hope that programs such as the student advisory program will also continue to be successful.

Thank you to all of the Carlsbad residents for their hard work and dedication on these and many other projects. It has been an honor to serve, and we’re excited about what will come next for this outstanding community.

Sincerely, Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway

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