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New mural debuts in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — The city commissioned a mural by local artist Skye Walker on the side of the Boys &Girls Club of Carlsbad on Roosevelt Street.

The mural, “Great Futures Start Here,” is part of the city’s larger goal of revitalizing the Barrio neighborhood, according to Kristina Ray, communications manager for the city.

Some other additions to the Barrio include the Pine Avenue Community Park and Senior Center, major improvements to the aging storm-water drainage and wastewater systems and the traffic circle at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Jefferson Street, which is meant to calm traffic.

Walker painted the mural as part of the Fiesta del Barrio Carlsbad celebration on Sept. 14.

The city and the Fiesta del Barrio Association hosted the event as a means to preserve the Barrio’s cultural heritage and unite the community, according to Ray.

The 30 by 40 foot mural features children playing, reading and gardening among the backdrop of Carlsbad locales including the flower fields and the beach.

“It was an honor and a privilege to paint the mural ‘Great Futures Start Here’ for the City of Carlsbad and the Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad,” said Walker. “I had the help of my father, Morris Walker, painting the mural with additional support from my mother, Lynn Walker, which made this particular mural even more special to me.”

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