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Alga Norte Park Grand Opening Tomorrow

by The Editors on January 10, 2014

The City of Carlsbad’s amazing new Alga Norte Community Park is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The celebration kicks off at 10 AM in the aquatic center. The park will then be open to the public with open play in the swimming pools, a dive show, Skateboarding demonstrations, park turns, and a youth basketball scrimmage with guest announcer and NBA legend Bill Walton.

The Alga Norte Community Park is located at 6565 Alicante Road in Carlsbad, California. For more information please click the link.

[Link: Alga Norte]


Alga Norte Park To Go Non-Union Wages?

by The Editors on July 21, 2008

110P-1The saga of Carlsbad’s Alga Norte Park continues to drag out. In November 2007 Consolidated Contracting Services of San Clemente bid $29.3 million on the project, but the City Council said that bid was too low.

Then in December 2007 the City denied all six park construction bids because there were “multiple problems with the bids the city received.”

Now, thanks to being a “charter city,” the City Council is considering putting the bids out to builders who pay “non-union wages” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Councilman Mark Packard was the leading advocate for adopting a city charter, largely on the savings that the city could gain on public projects. “Unless staff can show me some overriding reason why we would do it as a prevailing-wage project, . . . I’m going to be supportive of allowing nonprevailing-wage bids,” Packard said. . . .Packard said he believes the city can get a high-quality project and save 15 percent to 20 percent, or about $5 million, by putting it out as a nonprevailing-wage job.

This obviously gets right to the heart of American labor issues. Hopefully, the City Council will do the right thing.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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All Alga Norte Park Bids Denied

by The Editors on December 19, 2007

First, the Carlsbad City Council was worried that many of the bids they got for the Alga Norte Park project were too low, now they’ve voted (4-1 according to the North County Times) to reject all six park construction bids and start the entire process over again.

City staff members had recommended the council’s move, arguing that there were multiple problems with the bids the city received. “We felt it was in the public’s best interest to reject all bids and start over,” said Skip Hammann, the city’s municipal projects director, after the council’s vote. . . . Key among the problems was that the lowest bidder — Consolidated Contracting Services of San Clemente, which bid $29.3 million — didn’t submit all the required information about the subcontractors it would be using, he said.

We’re guessing it’s better to weed out the problems now, than wait until the contractors decide to cut corners on the skateboard park.

[Link: North County Times]


Alga Norte Park Construction Bid Comes In Low

by The Editors on November 17, 2007

110PCarlsbad city officials were surprised when they saw the Alga Norte Park project bid from Consolidated Contracting Services of San Clemente because at $29.3 million it was $10 million lower than the next closest bid, according to a story in the North County Times.

The park, which will include a “multi-pool swim complex,” ballfields, playgrounds for kids, and most importantly a skatepark, sits on 33 acres at the corner of Poinsettia and El Camino Real. But why was Consolidated’s bid so low?

. . . an official with the architectural firm that drew up the park plans attributed the low construction bids to a variety of factors. Everything from having good plans to work with to a slumping construction industry helped, said Joniene Swick of Wimmer Yamada & Caughey. . . . The economy could be playing a part, others said. Bids for several recent government projects in San Diego County, including a Highway 52 proposal, have come in lower than expected, said a representative for Associated General Contractors —- a national organization that represents some 1,400 contractors who bid on government projects in the San Diego region.

Hey, as long as the cost savings doesn’t come at the skatepark’s expense (as usually is the case) then we’re all good. We’ll be watching you Consolidated.

[Link: North County Times]


The Alga Norte Skatepark In Good Hands

by The Editors on May 6, 2013

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Carlsbad’s last public skateboard park had some issues from the very beginning. While fun to roll, it never has had much flow and some of the sections were just plain wrong. Thankfully, that won’t be the case with the new Alga Norte Skatepark thanks to the involvement of former pro skateboarder Kanten Russell, according to a story in the U-T San Deigo.

Earlier this week, Russell walked the construction site at one of his projects, a 25,000 square-foot facility being built as part of Alga Norte Community Park in Carlsbad. It’s scheduled to open in September, he said. . . Carlsbad is where the first modern skatepark went up in 1976 — it no longer exists — and Russell sees the new one as paying homage to that history while making its own mark as a “crown jewel.” . . “I’ve done public meetings all across the country to talk about various projects, and every time I show anybody a picture of this park they say, ‘Where is this again and when will it open?’ They will definitely be flying in for this.”

We can’t wait. . .

[Link: U-T San Diego]


Alga Norte Skatepark Taking Shape

by The Editors on April 25, 2013

We haven’t been out to check it out in a while, but once they start pouring the walls things go pretty fast. Meaning, it could be a great skate summer at Alga Norte, finally. Seems like it’s taken forever, doesn’t it?

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The New Alga Norte Skate Park

by The Editors on February 20, 2012

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According to Carlsbadistan based Action Sport Design, Carlsbad’s upcoming Alga Norte Skatepark will look a lot like this.

The new City of Carlsbad, CA Skate Park is ready for 2012 ! ASD was selected to completely re-design the park before construction. Thanks for all the input from Pro Skater Andy Mac on the bowls and the entire ASD team for their hard work.

This skateboard park has been in the planning stages so long that it’s good that it gets a little update. And it looks good. The bowls look fun and the street section looks like the latest in skate plaza goodness. This should be good.

The City of Carlsbad is currently seeking bids from pre-qualified construction companies and construction of the park project could start “before summer.” The sooner the better.

[Link: City of Carlsbad]


Say Goodbye To The Alga Norte Skatepark

by The Editors on November 20, 2008

110P-TmThanks to some proposed budget cutting by the City of Carlsbad the Alga Norte Skateboard Park and Swim complex may be put off until 2014 in a plan that includes trimming as much as $4.5 million, according to Barbara Henry story in the North County Times.

The proposed spending reductions will be submitted to the City Council in January as the city begins its process of putting together next year’s budget, Elliott said. . . . Among other things, the city may stop filling vacant positions and hold off on new equipment purchases. It also might delay the long-sought Alga Norte swim complex. Instead of opening in 2012, that complex might not open until 2014, Elliott said. A new city public works center and renovations at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park also may be postponed.

Equipment purchase and hiring freezes are fine, but let’s not stall out on Alga Norte. This city needs a respectable skateboard park and it would be nice if today’s kids could get in there before they’re not kids anymore.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune and North County Times]


Carlsbad’s Parks & Trails To Open With Rules

by The Editors on May 1, 2020

You know all that yellow tape that’s been reminding us that the trails, beaches and parks are all closed? Well, thanks to a unanimous vote by the Carlsbad City Council it’s all coming down on Monday, May 4, 2020. At a special City Council meeting on Friday, May 1, 2020 the City of Carlsbad voted to open our parks, trails, and (with some help from the State of California) maybe even our beaches (with some serious limitations).

For all the details, including all the dos and don’ts, please follow the jump.

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Race Like A Super Hero At Alga Norte

by The Editors on September 21, 2016

Dress up like a super hero and come out to the park for the third annual Super Hero Obstacle Race, on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road. Parents and children will run together through a super hero themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in super hero costumes.

Defeat villains while leaping over tall buildings, crawl through toxic tunnels and navigate through 20 obstacles throughout the park. Conquer inflatable mazes and slides, wrecking balls, tight ropes, web crawlers and other obstacles along the way. The race will take approximately one hour to complete.

Cost is $25 per participant. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.For more information, visit the city website at or visit the race website at and search “super hero.”