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Carlsbad’s Monroe Pool Updates Approved

by The Editors on December 13, 2022

While it shouldn’t be all that surprising (seeing as Carlsbad seems loaded with members of the “screw you, me-first” crowd) more than 25,000 people actually voted against updating the facilities at Carlsbad’s 40-year-old Monroe public pool. It’s sad that nearly half the voting community didn’t see the need for a good swimming pool facility that can be used by both the community and the students of Carlsbad High School. Thankfully, 26,576 people voted in favor of spending close to $24 million to update the entire pool facility. So it’s going to happen. And to those people we say thank you!

Here are a few of the things we can all look forward to:

• Expansion of pool for larger swimming (50% more lanes) and water polo competitions
• New 8-foot wall with gates along Monroe Street side to reduce sound from the pool
• Larger pool deck with lockers
• New exterior deck showers
• Renovated locker rooms
• More shade structures
• More bleachers
• Larger parking lot
• New entrances including an outdoor option that will no longer require passing through the locker rooms
• Reconfigured lobby, new first aid/administration offices and meeting/event room
• Replacement of pool tile, plaster, piping, pool deck, drainage, pumps and filters
• New building with mechanical room and family restrooms
• Separate mechanical room access for service vehicles to reduce parking lot impacts for users
• Replacement of existing solar water heating system and installation of rooftop solar panels to generate electricity
• Enhancement of equipment storage space

We’re seriously looking forward to the Village finally having a pool that’s as nice as the one at Alga Norte. A place where all of Carlsbad’s kids can learn to swim, cool off in the summer, and develop skills that may help them get a full ride college scholarship. And to those who voted NO, you’ll still be able to use the updated pool anyway. We are a community, after all. If you’d like to stay updated on any and all projects the City of Carlsbad has in the works, click here to sign up for the emails!

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Legoland Adds San Diego To Miniland

by The Editors on November 10, 2022

Visitors to Legoland California can see the sites of San Diego without leaving the Carlsbad, California resort thanks to the addition of America’s Finest City to the park’s world famous Miniland.

“San Diego is one of America’s most beautiful destinations filled with incredible architecture, landscapes and history – making it an obvious choice when selecting the next city to add to Miniland U.S.A,” said President of LEGOLAND California Resort Kurt Stocks. “Our in-park Master Model Builders are extremely passionate about this project, and they can’t wait to collaborate with LEGOLAND Parks fans near and far on the future of this very special addition to Miniland. Each build will provide guests with a deeper connection and understanding of our home city and will encourage our local and out of town visitors to embrace all that San Diego has to offer.”

The San Diego Miniland will be completed in the spring of 2023. So plan your vacation accordingly. For the official info from Legoland California, please follow the jump.
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Legoland Brick-or-Treat Starts Sept. 17

by The Editors on September 15, 2022

It’s that time of year again at Legoland. And the monsters have arrived for the annual Brick-or-Treat festivities.

Brick-or-Treat is included in a general admission ticket and select annual passes. The Halloween festivities begin Saturday, Sept. 17 and continue every Saturday through Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.legoland.com/california.

For the official word from Legoland, please follow the jump.
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Aloha Plunge At The Pool This Saturday

by The Editors on July 20, 2022

Don’t miss the City of Carlsbad, California’s Aloha Plunge on Saturday, July 23, at Alga Norte Aquatic Center! Hula on down and enjoy fun, island themed games and pool activities, floating obstacles, a tropical bounce house, limbo and more. End the night with a special Polynesian dance performance where the audience can learn to hula.

For all the details follow the jump.

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CEF Awards $50,000 In College Scholarships

by The Editors on June 3, 2022

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation awarded 11 scholarships totaling $50,000 to seniors from the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) who best demonstrated how an education in the public schools paved the way for them to further their education at a leading university or college. Carlsbad High School’s Josephine Dominguez (pictured above with Jeff Campbell and Laura Pitts) took top honors with the $15,000 Judith Campbell Educational & Community Foundation scholarship. 

“These outstanding students have not only found their passion but have also embraced the opportunities presented to them. We are thrilled to help them pursue the next steps in their education,” said Chief Executive Officer Laura Pitts. . . $50,000 is the highest amount ever awarded in senior scholarships from Carlsbad Educational Foundation in a single year since the awards were established in 2016. Half of the scholarship funding was provided in partnership with the Judith Campbell Educational & Community Foundation, a new nonprofit that helps high school students and grants to charitable organizations in San Diego County. Two scholarships were sponsored by Viasat and awarded to Science Olympiad participants.

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Carlsbad Lays Down The Law On E-Bikes

by The Editors on March 25, 2022

The City of Carlsbad is apparently cracking down on the roving gangs of e-bikers who continually swerve through our city streets by adding some new rules of the road for the underage electric motorcycle riders.

What are these new rules? Well, things like “always ride with care,” no passengers “on handlebars,” don’t ride “on sidewalks,” and rather than scaring the bejeezus out of dog-walking pedestrians by blasting past them on the city’s trail systems, e-bikers must now “get off their e-bike on trails less than 5 feet wide when they’re within 50 feet of a pedestrian.” Get out your tape measures.

It will be interesting to see how the Carlsbad Police department will enforce these new rules. For the official word from the City along with a list of e-bike info sources, please follow the jump.

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Love To Ride SD At The Island

by The Editors on February 24, 2022

The City of Carlsbad is the next host city for the Love to Ride SD expo hosted by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition this Saturday, Feb. 26 at The Island at Carlsbad at 5806 Van Allen Way in Carlsbad, California.

The community is invited to this free, family-friendly event that will have interactive activities for all ages including:
     A guided family bike ride at 11 a.m.
     Helmet fittings
     Bike and scooter rodeo
     Ebike test rides
     Scooter test rides
     Bike repair services
     Live entertainment, food and drinks

Be sure to stop by the city’s booth to learn about electric bike rules of the road and other transportation resources for safely getting around town.

Love to Ride SD Expo – Free attendance
Saturday, Feb. 26
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Island at Carlsbad
5806 Van Allen Way, Carlsbad

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Celebrate 10 Years of Lego Ninjago

by The Editors on August 9, 2021

Guaranteed someone in your family will think this new promotion at Legoland California in Carlsbad is amazing, so you might want to swing by the old amusement complex and check it out. Apparently, Ninjago is 10 years old. 

From August 13 to September 5, 2021 celebrate 10 years of LEGO® NINJAGO® with a limited time AR digital experience. Real and virtual worlds collide, as visitors have the chance to enter the world of NINJAGO and complete the challenges alongside their favorite characters.

Ok. Sounds fun. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Lego Movie World Opens May 27, 2021

by The Editors on April 27, 2021

Legoland California is happy to announce the opening of the park’s newest attractions, The Lego Movie World on May 27, 2021.

The new land fully immerses guests into THE LEGO MOVIE universe and features six interactive attractions for all to enjoy. The flagship ride, Emmet’s Flying Adventure, allows guests to hop aboard Emmet’s triple decker flying couch for a thrill-seeking race against his friends. In addition to Emmet’s Flying Adventure, children and their families will be able to enjoy the rush of falling from Unikitty’s Disco Drop and experiencing the many personalities of the fearless feline. The adventure doesn’t stop there as guests can explore Benny’s Play Ship, ride Queen Watevra’s Carousel, create at Build Watevra You Wa’Na Build zone, meet Emmet and all his friends in Emmet’s Super Suite and enjoy tasty themed treats such as Cloud Cuckoo Crepes throughout the land.

For the official word from Legoland, please follow the jump.
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Legoland To Officially Reopen April 15

by The Editors on March 19, 2021

The Technics Rollercoaster at Legoland was rolling the tracks today with no one on board as Legoland California workers begin putting things in order for an April 1, 2021 preview reopening.

Park Preview Days offers access to select rides including Driving School, LEGO® TECHNIC™ Coaster, Fairy Tale Brook and Coastersaurus. Kids and families can also enjoy socially distant character meet and greets, live entertainment, a wide variety of food options and Miniland U.S.A.

The Resort officially reopens April 15, offering access to SEA LIFE® aquarium and LEGO® CHIMA™ Water Park. Guests will once again be immersed into the creative world of LEGO® and some of the Park’s more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.

For the official word from Legoland, please follow the jump.

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