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Carlsbad approves trail to loop around strawberry fields

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 17:05:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Carlsbad leaders this week approved nearly $700,000 to construct a new trail planned to loop around the city's strawberry fields.

Carlsbad City Council voted to add the Hub Park trail to the city's Capital Improvement Program, a 2.4-mile trail on the south shore of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in an area dubbed "Hub Park."

Hub Park sits on land owned by SDG&E. The city has a lease agreement with SDG&E for a portion of the trail, but not the portion that would connect to nearby roads.

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The city voted to take $674,500 from the General Capital Construction Fund to fund building the eight-foot wide trail.

The trail would lead from a new Interstate 5 bridge to a bluff within the leased property that overlooks the lagoon, the city says. It would then loop around the strawberry fields and open space and connect to the south side of Cannon Road via existing underpasses.

The trail may include picnic tables and outlook points, in addition to trail signs, dog stations, and recycling and trash bins.

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Hub Park trail is included in the trails master plan adopted by the City Council on Aug. 28, 2019. Under the trails plan, about 67 miles of Carlsbad's current trails would be expanded to more than 100 miles.

Carlsbad will next seek out an agreement with SDG&E for public access from Cannon Rd. to the Hub Park property. A design team will have to conduct an environmental review of the proposed trail as well.

It could be another three years before the project sees any construction begin.