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Parks & Recreation


Due to the number of people continuing to gather at city parks, trails and beaches, the City of Carlsbad announced it will temporarily close these public areas starting March 23 to help slow the spread of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Please know that deciding to close parks, trails and other public gathering spaces was not made lightly. We know these public spaces contribute greatly to your quality of life in Carlsbad. We have an obligation to follow the guidance of public health officials with the goal of maintaining our community’s safety. Please understand that this is an area where we continue to need your support. We appreciate everyone’s vigilance, and we need you to help our first responders stay focused on the highest priority calls.  Read more.

The weekday senior meal service will continue outside of the Senior Center on a pick up basis and by delivery. Read more

Welcome to the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department. We operate 40 parks/special use areas and offer over 65 miles of trails throughout the city to provide accessible outdoor recreational opportunities and conserve open space for residents and visitors. In addition, the department offers a variety of programs and services to promote health and wellness.

The department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies for excellence in operation and service.


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General Information

Parks & Recreation Administration
799 Pine Ave. 
Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Upcoming Events

5:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
10:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
11:00 AM  -  2:00 PM
5:00 PM  -  9:00 PM