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NORTHEAST CARLSBAD: WHERE WILL YOU GO WHEN THIS IS LOST? 

The City of Carlsbad’s current plan is to remove & replace our existing, unrestricted, elliptical trail through Village H South (at the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Victoria Avenue).  The majority of the current, spacious trail (diagrammed in white below) will be allowed return to weeds and scrub.

The City’s new 6-8 foot wide trail, with a barrier fence on the downhill side, will restrict all human and canine activity to that confined, narrow trail only!  Dogs would be required to be on a leash at all times.  Violators will be subject to a citation and fines of hundreds of dollars.  The open trail and meadow we have now (photo below) will be off limits.  In practical terms, our trail would be reduced to a simple, boring “out and back” affair.  Our open, meandering, interesting trail would disappear forever.

Those highly limiting conditions would effectively confine all human and canine activity to an imaginary 8×7 foot “box” traveling along a linear trail shown figuratively in red below.  The new trail would be folded into the existing 58 miles of restricted trail already available in the City.  That would leave zero miles of open, unrestricted trail anywhere in the City for those of us loving what we enjoy now.  Is that fair to us?  Of course, the answer is NO!  You’ll be forced to travel to Vista or Encinitas instead.

 

What do you want: the trail on the left, or the trail on the right?

Our recreation area is much, much more than an off-leash trail.  It is a community gathering place for multiple generations.  We have older people, with and without, dogs for whom its gently sloping and shaded grades provides their only daily exercise.  We have young moms with babies in strollers out there many times a week.  We have entire families (moms, dads, kids, bikes & dogs) too because it is the only unrestricted place in Northeast Carlsbad they can recreate together in a natural setting.  We have young residents and middle aged residents, and older residents there together developing friendships with neighbors they otherwise might not meet.  For many of us, it is our “neighborhood glue” joining us together in fellowship.  It can also be an inspiring escape to a place of tranquility.

It has been in continuous use by the Northeast neighborhoods for over 30 years.  We have a unique asset in the City of Carlsbad that exists no where else within it.  It is an important factor in the daily lives, and in the quality of life here in the Northeast neighborhoods. You can learn more about the full history here.

Help us preserve it!   Click here to learn what you can do. 

News

UPDATE January 15, 2019:

City Acquires Village H South

At the January 8, 2019 City Council Meeting, the City of Carlsbad accepted a grant deed from Presidio Cornerstone QC, LLC for the southern portion of Village H, the portion that contains our trail.  Sadly, the Parks and Recreation Department submitted an accompanying proposal for improvements that completely ignores the 10 years of community input to them with respect to traditional uses of the trail.

However, the Parks and Recreation staff was given specific direction by the City Council to conduct a community outreach effort on uses of the Village H South area before a permanent plan is developed.  We owe a special thanks to Councilwoman Cori Schumacher for making that motion, and for the intelligent and supportive questions from Mayor Matt Hall and Councilman Blackburn.  Village H is a new issue for Council members Bhat-Patel and Hamilton.  Never the less, the motion passed unanimously, 5/0.

We need to prepare ourselves for yet another effort to persuade Parks and Recreation to support and accommodate our 30-year uses of this wonderful neighborhood asset.   Mount up troops!  It’s time to ride again.  Please check back here for updates and specific actions we will take.

UPDATE February 7, 2018:

We’ve been busy – very, very busy.

Check back here soon.  We’ll be posting new information on who we’ve met with, and what that has accomplished shortly.  Suffice it to say that we’ve met with City Council members, Department Heads and their staff, planners and environmental folks from the City.  It has been encouraging and we have also learned a lot too.  We continue to refine our alternate proposal for Village H South.  We’re looking for win-win-win solutions where our neighborhoods, the City AND the environment ALL win.

UPDATES February 6, 2018:

It’s Working – Keep It Up!

The feedback from City Council members is that citizens speaking at the Council meetings about what our recreational area means to them, and to our Northeast neighborhoods, is paying off.  It’s making a real difference and they are definitely taking notice.

We have a very diverse user community.  That is being made plain to the Council.  They have heard from users who have been using Village H South for 10, 15, 28 and 31 years.  They’ve heard from people with dogs, and people without dogs and also neighborhood families.

Recently, we’ve spoken with two newcomers who are thrilled to find a wonderful resource like Village H South within walking distance of their new home.  The Council needs to hear their story and yours!

Contact Kasey Cinciarelli for tips on how to be effective, and to get on her Council speaking schedule.

New Message Board

There’s a new, double-sided message board up at the Victoria Avenue gate.  There are spring clips at the bottom of both sides for messages in addition to Kasey’s clipboard on the main gate.

UPDATE February 1, 2018:

New Rally Date!

Our “Rally in the Meadow” of the Village H South Recreational Area will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10-11 a.m.  More info and updates will follow shortly.

OLDER NEWS…

UPDATE DECEMBER 4, 2017:

Following recent meetings we had with Carlsbad City Staff, they have decided to postpone P&R and Planning Commissions meetings for TMP until early next year. Adoption of the Trails Master Plan has been removed for now from the agendas of the Parks & Rec Commission, Planning Commission and City Council Meeting, to be rescheduled early next year.  We will keep you informed.

A rally at the gate to Village H will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  We have scheduled it to support our efforts to influence the January City Council meeting.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 1, 2017:

We’re having a community meeting on Saturday November 18th 4-5pm where we’ll share critical information about what’s going on and how you can help take action! Join us in the meeting rooms at the Calavera Hills Community Center located on 2997 Glasgow Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92010.

We will also talk about the proposed plan to designate the area a Special Use Area in order to save it. You can find the current proposal and other document references here.

UPDATE OCTOBER 13, 2017:
Despite Off-leash dog walkers actively supporting Preserve Calavera (PC) for years in the acquisition of Village H (a.k.a. The Grove), PC voted to OPPOSE off-leash dog use on our Village H trail !!!

1) At present we have no voice in the process and we must change that situation IMMEDIATELY !! Our decades long use will be outlawed by adoption (before years end) of the Trails Master Plan which makes Village H a city wide, on-leash trail. We have earned the right to be accounted for in the use of this area, which we have used since the early 1980’s.

2) “Public access to the historic public use trail through Village H” is a condition of the current agreement and we MUST remind the City and PC that “historic public use” has always meant Off – Leash dog walking.  WE MUST SPEAK UP!  

 

Help Save the Trail

We need your help!

What can you do? Here are some suggestions:

  • Sign the petition online
  • Write the City Council. Sending a written letter by mail (not email) makes the biggest impact!
    • Click here for the list of council members and templates available to use.
    • Click here for sample letter templates you can copy and paste into any text editor like MS Word.
  • Attend upcoming events.
    • Saturday  November 18th 4-5 pm Community Meeting at Calavera Hills Community Center located at 2997 Glasgow Drive in Carlsbad, CA 92010. Please attend to learn more about the situation and how you can help save our off-leash dog area!
  • Volunteer to help. Every little bit makes a difference! Use the contact form to connect with us.
  • Spread the word!

How to Write the City Council

MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE CITY COUNCIL about why the Village H Trail is so special, and why it should remain an off-leash dog-walking area A SIGNED PRINTED LETTER IS VERY HARD TO IGNORE!  E-mails are easier and faster to send, but might not be read by the Council.

It’s easy!

Here is a Step-by-Step guide with sample letters and talking points to use: 

STEP 1 Select a template from the different versions we’ve created.
STEP 2 Copy the text from the page and paste it into a text editor like MS Word
STEP 3 Copy the list of contacts and paste at the top of your letter
STEP 4 Print, stamp and mail (most impact) or send by email. Sending an actual hard copy letter has more impact than email.

 

 

City Council Contact Info

1) Addressing the Entire City Council.

E-MAIL: If you list all 5 members (mayor + 4 council members) in the BODY of an e-mail, then sending one copy of the e-mail to council@carlsbadca.gov will get it distributed to all 5 by the Council Secretary automatically.

U.S. MAIL: In this case, to get a letter to all 5, you must include 5 copies of the letter and send it to the following address.

City Council
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

BY TELEPHONE: Call 1-760-434-2830 – Office number for all 5.

BY FAX: Send to 760-720-9461 – FAX number for all 5.

2) Contacting Individual Council members.

Send mail use the street address in 1) above.

The carlsbad districts may be found here ==> http://www.carlsbadca.gov/cityhall/clerk/district.asp

Mayor Matt Hall
matt.hall@carlsbadca.gov
760-801-8055 (mobile)
Twitter handle: @MayorHall

Council Member Barbara Hamilton, District 1
barbara.hamilton@carlsbadca.gov
760-717-6627 (mobile)

Council Member Keith Blackburn, District 2
keith.blackburn@carlsbadca.gov
760-420-0279 (mobile)
Twitter handle: @keith4carlsbad

Council Member Priya Bhat-Patel, District 3
priya.bhat-patel@carlsbadca.gov
760-473-8726 (Mobile)
Twitter handle: @priyabhatpatel

Council Member Cori Schumacher, At Large
cori.schumacher@carlsbadca.gov
760-450-8863 (mobile)
Twitter handle: @CoriSchumacher

3) Contacting the Parks and Recreation Department

Chris Hazeltine, Director
chris.hazeltine@carlsbadca.gov

Parks & Recreation Department
799 Pine Ave., Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-434-2826

Key Talking Points

Below is a list of talking points and a list of benefits of off-leash areas you can use when writing the City Council and/or Parks & Recreation.

TALKING POINTS:

  • You were never made aware the City held public meetings on Trails Master Plan (TMP), or that it would effect the Village H Trail.
  • Due to poor neighborhood outreach, we just found out about the proposed changes in the Village H trail, and we’re upset that our voice wasn’t heard!
  • Village H Trail slated to become on-leash only even though its been off-leash for 30+ years.
  • Wildlife and off-leash dog walking on the Village H Trail have coexisted for many years. There’s no problem with, or negative impact upon, the wildlife corridor because of it.
  • City Staff mistakenly believes Village H Trail will connect children from Robertson Ranch to Hope School & Calavera Park. They’re going to Kelly school and Tamarack Avenue is more direct.
  • City staff is not aware of what’s is going on in our neighborhood. Staff never reached out to us.
  • Allowing dogs to “socialize” off leash is safer and healthier than the fenced dog parks.
  • Please take Village H Trail off the Trails Master Plan and and make it a Park and Rec Special Use Area (SUA) for off-leash dog walking.
  • We all care about the plants and animals, but people in the neighborhood need space too. Don’t destroy this special place by removing the Eucalyptus trees, only permitting native species, and fencing us out with a narrow, on-leash, walking trail.
  • Our elected representatives need to hear our neighborhood’s concerns and preserve our special place, as we’ve used historically for many years.

BENEFITS OF OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS:

We naturally tend to assume that off-leash parks are primarily for the benefit of our dogs, but experienced off leash area users know better. Off-leash areas offer just as many benefits to humans as they do to dogs: both to dog guardians as well as the wider community.

How do we all benefit from off-leash areas?

  • Provides a safe place for dogs – An off leash area is a safe place for dogs to run off-lease without the concern of being hit by a car or other hazard.
  • Dogs need to run to stay healthy – Not many people can run with their dogs on a leash. Veterinarians tell us it’s important for their health.
  • Enhances community safety – dogs who have the opportunity to use off leash area become better socialized (more familiar and friendly with other dogs and people) thereby raising community safety in general.
  • Encourages by-law enforcement – for municipalities with by-laws requiring dogs to be leashed, an off-leash area encourages compliance by providing a legal alternative.
  • Lessens complaints –Well-exercised dogs are better neighbors who are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively and destroy property.
  • Social opportunity for dog owners – off leash area are a great place for owners to meet other people with common interests. The love people share for their dogs reaches beyond economic and social barriers and helps to foster a sense of community.
    — People say, ‘I never knew my neighbors until I went to the off leash area’ You meet all these wonderful people and the only thing that you have in common is that you have a dog and that you love dogs – you wouldn’t meet these people anywhere else.
  • Peer advice for dog behavior – Dog owners can also benefit from the advice and peer support re: problems they might have with their dogs.
  • Maintains the area – Users of these areas are self-policing so as to maintain the appealing environment.
  • Reduces crime – The presence of owners and their dogs within may help to deter crime and vandalism in adjacent areas.
  • Protects wildlife – Exercised dogs are less likely to search out wildlife to chase.
  • Importance to people with mobility issues – the use of off-leash area offers not only a social avenue, but also a safer way for those with mobility problems who find it very difficult to walk, much less exercise, a dog on lead.

Sample Letter – Increase Open Access

Feel free to use the template below to help you get started writing a letter to the City Council and/or Parks and Recreation.  You can  find their contact information here.

Additional letters with a difference style/tone are available here:

Additional talking points and ideas you can use in your letter can be found here.

Just highlight the text, copy, and then paste into any word processing application like MS Word.

Contact us if you need any help.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

{Today’s Date}

Mayor Matt Hall
Councilman Keith Blackburn
Councilwoman Cori Schumacher
Councilman Mark Packard
Councilman Michael Schumacher
Care Of, City Council Administrative Assistant

1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

Dear Mayor Hall and City Council Members,

It’s a simple, predictable relationship:  more families = more dogs.  With the creation of hundreds of new homes at Robertson Ranch over the last year, and now hundreds more to come at Quarry Creek, why are we considering eliminating the only off-leash dog trail in the northeast quadrant of Carlsbad?  The fenced-in, Ann D. L’Heureux Dog Park on Carlsbad Village Drive was a wonderful development in its day.   However, with an area of only 13,220 square feet, about the size of three (3) top-end homes at Robertson Ranch, is it really reasonable to assume it can accommodate all the new demand for off-leash recreation in the rapidly growing, northeast quadrant of our City?

The current Parks and Recreation Trail Master Plan dealing with Village H South was based on assumptions that are no longer relevant.  It is an out-of-date plan that should be revised.  It was developed years ago and many, many things have changed in the northeast quadrant since then.  Why is the City of Carlsbad going to drastically restrict citizen’s use of the Trail, and eliminate off-leash dog walking once it takes ownership of  Village H South?  There just isn’t a good reason for doing so.  Now is the time we need to look at expanding off-leash opportunities, and to expanding recreational access to open space, not restricting it.  Given the long and successful history of the Trail, it seems to me we are shooting ourselves in the foot here by unnecessarily restricting future access to it.

Please instruct City Staff to begin a new community outreach program, and a new design study that seeks to preserve the traditional size and use of the Village H South Trail, including , and most importantly, off-leash dog walking.

Sincerely,

{Name
Address
Phone number (optional)
E-mail (optional) }

Sample Letter -Heavy Hitter Style

Feel free to use the template below to help you get started writing a letter to the City Council and/or Parks and Recreation.  You can  find their contact information here.

Additional letters with a difference style/tone are available here:

Additional talking points and ideas you can use in your letter can be found here.

Just highlight the text, copy, and then paste into any word processing application like MS Word.

Contact us if you need any help.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

{Today’s Date}

Mayor Matt Hall
Councilman Keith Blackburn
Councilwoman Cori Schumacher
Councilman Mark Packard
Councilman Michael Schumacher
Care Of, City Council Administrative Assistant

1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

 

 

Dear Mayor Hall and City Council Members,

 

I {or We, Our Family, etc., as appropriate} have been using the Village H South Trail for years.  Why is the City of Carlsbad going to drastically restrict citizen’s use of the Trail once it takes ownership of the

property our Trail traverses?  What is the justification for this very severe change in access?  No one from the City has reached out to people in the surrounding neighborhoods, or spoken to us about it, or sought our input as to how the Trail should be used in the future.  Why wasn’t that done properly and why weren’t people in the nearby neighborhoods notified or consulted?

The Trail at Village H South is a unique resource in the City of Carlsbad.  It is a natural, open and unrestricted trail where people can come, bringing their children and dogs, walking with their dogs off-leash.  Why is the City now planning to restrict citizens to a 6-8 foot wide trail, with a bordering, split rail fence, and dogs restricted to on-leash walking, with the threat of a $350 fine if they’re not on-leash?  The City will own the entire property soon.  Why are we implementing an out-of-date trail plan that assumes the City has no ownership position, and will only have a narrow trail easement on property it will actually own outright?  Why do you propose limiting activity to a single, narrow trail when the property already has an extensive trail system in place, and one that we all have used for 30+ years?  That makes no sense at all.

Please instruct City Staff to begin a new community outreach program, and a new design study that seeks to preserve the traditional use of the Trail, including off-leash dog walking, at Village H South.  Our northeast corner of the City is gaining hundreds of new families through developments at Quarry Creek and we should be looking at how we can expand human access to our open space, not restrict it needlessly and unnecessarily.

Sincerely,

{Name
 Address
Phone number (optional)
E-mail (optional) }

Sample Letter -Child Letter

Feel free to use the template below to help you get started writing a letter to the City Council and/or Parks and Recreation.  You can  find their contact information here.

Additional letters with a difference style/tone are available here:

Additional talking points and ideas you can use in your letter can be found here.

Just highlight the text, copy, and then paste into any word processing application like MS Word.

Contact us if you need any help.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Suggestion:  This template letter will be most effective if the child writes it by hand and mails it.

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

{Today’s Date}

Mayor and City Council

1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

 

Dear Mr. Mayor and all Council Members,

My name is {writer’s name} and I’m {nn} years old.  I love to take my dog, {dog name}, to the dog walking trail at Village H.  We have a small yard and there’s not enough room for us to run and play at home.  There is a lot of room on the trail, and {dog name} loves to run with me and other dogs.  Me and my friends also love to watch {dog name} retrieve the balls from my thrower as we hike.

{dog name} and I would like to keep going to the trail to run and play.  Please don’t take it away from us.  Other kids feel the same way even if they don’t take time to write you like I did.  Some of our favorite games are played on this trail.  At home we mostly play on our game machine.

 

Thank you,

 

 

 

{writer’s name}

{writer’s address}