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Encinitas Community Park opens to grand reception

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Community Park is now officially open. On Saturday, city staff, local government officials, skateboarders, dogs and their owners and many others celebrated the grand opening of the 44-acre park, which has been in the works for several years.

Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Rudloff kicks off the morning ceremony at the skate park on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaMayor Kristin Gaspar leads the grand opening ceremonies for the Encinitas Community Park on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaFormer Encinitas Mayor Jim Bond talks about long stretch of time it took to get the park from conception to reality. Photo by Tony CagalaLisa Rudloff, left, with Thomas Barker, who was instrumental in getting the skatepark established, at the grand opening. Photo by Tony CagalaA skater performs a trick on the handrail at the new skate park. Photo by Tony CagalaIan Thompson, the husband of the late-Encinitas City Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan, speaks about Houlihan’s kindness towards all animals at the ribbon cutting of the Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park. Photo by Tony CagalaYoungsters play on a part of the new park’s playground on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaKids hang onto a rotating swing. Photo by Tony CagalaEncinitas city officials with the Encinitas Lions Club and San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, third from right, pose at the Lions water fountain. Photo by Tony CagalaNate Hougard climbs a rope ladder at the Encinitas Community Park. Photo by Tony CagalaDuke Burgon, 2, goes head first down the slide. Photo by Tony CagalaFrom left: Luke Palmer, 9, Billy Backlin, 8, and James Blue, 8, enjoy the new park. Photo by Tony CagalaA dog flies through an obstacle course during a demonstration at the Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park. Photo by Tony CagalaA skater pulls off a maneuver at the skate park’s bowl. Photo by Tony CagalaPro skater Steve Caballero represents at the new skate park on Saturday. Photo by Tony Cagala

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1 comment

Andrew January 11, 2015 at 8:44 am

I went running through the park this morning. It’s a great addition to the community.

However, it was impossible not to notice that the skate park area was filled with trash. Empty cups, bottles, bags, a broken scooter–it’s a real mess. The rest of the park is relatively clean after heavy use yesterday.

I’m glad we have a facility for for skaters to legally do their thing. They can show their appreciation to the community by going over there today and cleaning it up, and keeping it clean.

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