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As you may know, the Encinitas Express Soccer Club has been pressuring the City to install permanent field lighting at Leo Mullen Park to facilitate regular night usage.
Leo Mullen Park, the baseball and soccer field adjacent to the Cambria at Encinitas Ranch homes and Target was created and designated as a day-use only facility. The city planners knew that Cambria homes would require a delicate balance between the surrounding commercial properties and parks. They made the wise decision to NOT allow night hours or field lighting at Leo Mullen. Recently, without explanation, the City removed the “Day-Use” signage from Leo Mullen.
The Encinitas Ranch Specific Plan clearly states (section 3.3.1 C/7) that if a maintenance district is created, the owners have the right to decide on all lighting issues at Leo Mullen. A maintenance district WAS created seventeen years ago and you pay for it. You can see it on your annual tax summary as the Zone H Assessment. Therefore, lighting Leo Mullen is currently our decision, not the City’s.
The Encinitas City Council seems to support the lighting of the park and could vote to modify the ERSP and approve 30' towers on the soccer field in the coming weeks!
Would Leo Mullen lighting be so important to the soccer league if the city hadn't made a backroom deal with the YMCA to give away one of the four Ecke Park fields?