CARLSBAD, CA — The Carlsbad City Council on Friday approved plans to open its beaches in coordination with State Parks. The beaches will open at the earliest at 9 a.m. on Monday.

The city controls about three-quarters of a mile of beach, north of Oak Avenue to the Oceanside border, while State Parks owns and manages the other six miles of Carlsbad’s coastline.

“City and State Parks staff have been working together to coordinate the opening at the same time, although the state has not formally announced its timing,” City Manager Scott Chadwick said in an email update. “The city of Carlsbad’s North Beach will only open in unison with the State Parks opening of its beaches within the city limits.”

Once the beaches are reopened, they will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

What will be allowed?

  • Walking, running, swimming, kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding, body surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving from the shore
  • Paddleboarding and kayaking at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon entrances
  • Fishing from a kayak or boat

What will not be allowed?

  • Stopping, sitting or lying down on the beach
  • Gatherings of any kind, games or sports
  • Volleyball, football, frisbee, soccer, yoga, calisthenics or similar activities where you stay in one place

Carlsbad parks will also reopen to limited use at 2 p.m. Monday. The modified operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What will be allowed?

  • “Passive use” only, such as walking, jogging, sitting on the grass.
  • No active use, such as sports games. This is stricter than the county health order, which allows sports activities among people who live together.
  • All community centers, aquatic centers, athletic fields, sports courts, playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks and similar areas will remain closed for now.
  • Number of parking lot spaces will be reduced by at least 50 percent, as required by the county health order.

What parks will reopen?

  • Alga Norte Community Park
  • Cadencia Park
  • Cannon Park
  • Hidden Canyon Community Park
  • Hosp Grove Park
  • Laguna Riviera Park
  • Maxton Brown Park
  • Pine Avenue Community Park
  • Stagecoach Community Park
  • Aviara Community Park
  • Calavera Hills Community Park
  • Frazee/Tamarack Upper Picnic Areas
  • Holiday Park
  • La Costa Canyon Park
  • Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park
  • Magee Park
  • Poinsettia Community Park

Chase Field, Zone 5 park (a sports field) and school sites managed by the city will remain closed.

What else is reopening?

City-owned trails will reopen at 2 p.m. Monday. The modified operating hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Batiquitos Lagoon Trail is not owned or managed by the city and is currently closed.

Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course, which is owned by the city, will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday. The golf course will open according to the limitations and requirements of the county public health order, including:

  • No golf carts (unless needed to meet ADA requirements)
  • No congregating
  • No sit-down food service
  • All employees and patrols to undergo temperature screening

All parks, trails, beaches and golf courses in Carlsbad must adhere to county and state public health orders, including new face covering rules.

Starting Friday, everyone must have a face covering when they leave their homes and put it on when they cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from people outside their household. Children under 2 and people with health conditions preventing the use of a face covering are exempt.


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Beaches in San Diego, Coronado, Encinitas, Imperial Beach and Oceanside reopened for recreational activities on Monday, but beaches in Del Mar, Carlsbad and Solana Beach remained closed.

The Carlsbad City Council voted last weekend to keep the beach, parks and trails closed.

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