Thursday, May 21, 2015

Parks and Rec Dept wants to cut public park hours

No more early morning jog or dog walk in the park for you!

Encinitas Advocate:
The Encinitas Parks and Recreation Commission on May 19 heard a plan that calls for reducing the hours at some local parks.

Thirteen smaller city parks, including Leucadia Oaks Park and Orpheus Park, are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Under a proposal from the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department, the new hours would be sunrise to sunset. This would provide law enforcement with consistency, the staff report stated.


Hours would also be scaled back at the 44-acre Encinitas Community Park. It’s open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and this would change to sunrise to sunset.


  1. There will be no need for the lights then at the 44 acre park.

  2. Actually, this is a plan to save on paying for lighting at the other 13 mini-parks, so they can pay for extra-special 90 foot lights at ECP.

  3. We already paid for lights in the parking lots and walking reals of the new park.


  4. What ?? WHAT?? The city has planted flowers at the corner of Enc Blvd and Vulcan?? REALLY?? And they are watering the flowers also??? I don't believe it. I thought there was a water shortage?? The thought the city hated flowers??
    Praise Jesus.... first the city communications director quits her govt teat sucking job and now we have flowers to beautify a street corner....Miracles never cease.

    1. A third of the trees are dead or dying on the medians on El Camino Real. Public Works Director Glenn Pruim wants a Prop 218 election next year to increase property assessment fees to pay for traffic lights and landscaping. They need $7 million more a year.

    2. 10:57,

      More info please. Would that require 4 council votes, like the Barth-Shaffer-Kranz sales tax proposal?

      Would it apply to all properties citywide, or only those in specific areas needing maintenance?

  5. I believe the proposal stated cutting hours at the parks that are without lighting. The sports park will still be open until 10:00 pm and they would include Leo Mullen to that list of 10:00 closing hours which makes sense to me. It was unclear to me about the hours at ECP and I do agree that sunrise to sunset at that park is indeed ludicrous as there are lights all over that park as well as sports fields that do not have any lighting.

  6. The existing lighting is so that the addicts can hit the right vein after hours.

  7. I don't know what I think about scaling back on park hours. But the SALARY of the parks and rec director defintely needs to be scaled back.

    "Consistency" called for by the Sheriff is not a good reason. That was the same reason before cited by Lisa Rudloff when she said the Sheriff wanted a new municipal law to ban wine and beer at all parks. But that didn't go over so well with the majority of Council, and the public.

  8. In terms of the work that comes out of City Hall, "consistency" is one way to put it. It is always sub par.