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The City of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Department maintains approximately 1,400 acres of parks within the City of Carlsbad. The employees of the Park Department maintain the parks and buildings and also assist with all special events and recreational activities such as the 16th of September Celebration, Heritage Days, 4th of July celebration and various other events, including sporting events.
The Parks Department is also responsible for maintenance of all playground equipment, fishing piers and boat docks located within the park areas.
Alejandro Ruiz Memorial Park
Located in front of the Riverwalk Recreation Center and adjacent to Playground on the Pecos, this park area honors Carlsbad native and WWII Veteran Alejandro Ruiz for his receipt of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Arcadia Park 1311 Ortega
Located in the 1300 block of Alvarado/Ortega Streets, this neighborhood park is 4 acres with playground equipment and a basketball court.
Bataan Recreation Area
Located on both sides of the Pecos River from the Upper Dam to the Lower Tansil Dam, this area is included in the Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area and has shades, boat docks and during “ball” season is utilized by many ball teams for practice areas.
This 6.4 mile, 5-foot wide asphalt recreational trail is for use by bicyclists, joggers, and walkers. It is located along the Carlsbad Irrigation District Canal and runs the entire length of the city. At the users preference, the trail may be accessed at either points located at the National Parks Highway, San Jose Boulevard, Boyd Drive, Lea Street, Texas Street, Church Street, Pierce Street, and/or Westridge.
Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex, located at 3001 W. Lea St.
A new quality built complex home to six full size youth softball fields, four full size youth soccer fields, and one football field, two junior/senior baseball fields and four little league baseball fields. These fields are utilized year round for youth recreation league play, tournaments, and other special events. Each area is equipped with large concession facilities including large restrooms and playground equipment at the softball fields. The complex has a central parking area to accommodate multiple events simultaneously.
C. H. McLenathen Park 1305 W. Hagerman
This neighborhood park is located at the corner of North Maple/West McKay/West Hagerman Streets. This 3 acre park is the home of the National Little League with 3 playing fields, playground equipment and a basketball court.
Carlsbad Softball Complex/Will Merchant Park 902 Hidalgo
Located west of the National Parks Highway at the intersection of Hidalgo Road and South Boyd Drive, this 21 acre park has 4 lighted fields, restroom facilities, a small playground area and off-street parking.
Carlsbad Spring Park – Carter Park
Located at the northwest end of Lake Carlsbad on the south side of the Pecos River, this 27 acre natural park area extends west from the springs and adjoins US Highway 285.
Located at Kuykendahl and Russell Streets in the Sunnyview Addition, this neighborhood park consists of 1.9 acres and has a basketball court and playground equipment.
Chief Ira J. Stockwell Park 400 N 1st
Home of the Teen Girls Softball League, this 5 acre park is located along the irrigation canal on Northeast First Street. There are two playing fields, one practice field, and playground equipment.
Cruz Fernandez Park 606 Pompa
Located in the 500 block of Pompa Street at Chavez Street, this 3 acre neighborhood park consists of playground equipment and a basketball court.
Located in the 200 block of Kircher Street at Davis Street, this 9 acre neighborhood park hosts playground equipment.
Desert Willow Park 1612 Desert Willow Drive
This 1.6 acre neighborhood park hosts various pieces of playground equipment.
This elementary school park is located in the 2400 block of Carver Street and is considered a joint city/school playground area.
Hall Addition Park
With approximately 1.5 acres, including parking area, this neighborhood park with playground equipment is located on North Street between Primrose and Wildrose Streets south of Puckett School.
Heritage Park 1500 Callaway Drive
Located on Callaway Drive on the south side of the Pecos River, this historical park contains the first homestead built in the County of Eddy, The Eddy House. There is a covered picnic shelter where an annual event is held honoring the pioneer families of Carlsbad and surrounding areas.
Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area Riverside Drive/Park Drive
With 125.6 acres, this park winds along the Pecos River from the railroad bridge south to the upper Tansil Dam. This area contains playground equipment, barbecue grills, tables, restrooms, boat docks, swimming area and the Beach Band-shell.
Lamont Street Park
Located along the west side of Lamont Street between Church Street and the Northgate Shopping Center on Pierce Street, this 4.9 acre park offers a paved path for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others enjoying a portion of the Bike/Walk/Jogging Trail which parallels this park area.
Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course
With an 18 hole course and a 9 hole Par 3 course which runs along the Pecos River, this 146 acre recreation area is located at Muscatel Avenue. The Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course Pro Shop is located at 905 Muscatel.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park
Located on the corner of Canyon Street and Plaza Street and part of the Bataan Recreation Area, this park contains playground equipment and a covered picnic shelter, and restroom facilities.
Located south of the Riverwalk Recreation Center, this park houses a TruPac container containing packages from area families and organizations to be opened in the year 2101. These articles were sealed in the container on November 11, 2001. This park and TruPac Time Capsule was sponsored by the Carlsbad Assistance League.
Ocotillo Hills Nature Trail SkyLine Drive/NMSU-Carlsbad/Heritage Park
The Ocotillo Hills Nature Trail courses along the hillside between Skyline Drive and New Mexico State University-Carlsbad. The trail is 0.9 miles in length and provides a scenic hike that highlights many of the native plants and, at times, the wildlife. A scenic overlook parking area is located at the top of the trail providing a spectacular view of the entire city, particularly at night.
Pecos River Village Recreation Area
Located on the east side of the Pecos River off of Muscatel Avenue, this recreation area hosts the Pecos River Village Conference Center, Riverwalk Recreation Center and Playground on the Pecos.
Playground on the Pecos
Rising on the banks of the Pecos River north of the Riverwalk Recreation Center, this community-built playground consists of 15,000 square feet of towers, swings, slides, and hiding places. Designed with the help of Carlsbad’s school children, the playground incorporates Carlsbad features such as caves, rock climbing areas and the flumes. Utilizing volunteers, construction began on September 5, 2002 and was completed on September 15, 2002.
This 1 acre neighborhood park is located on the east side of Puckett School in Hall Addition. Belonging to the Carlsbad Municipal School System, this park provides limited playground equipment.
Ray Anaya Plaza De San Jose 1004 DeBaca
Located at San Jose Boulevard/Plaza Street/DeBaca Street this 7.5 acre park area contains a band stand, covered gazebo, newly renovated playground and is host to the annual 16th of September Celebration along with other community-wide celebrations.
Riverside Country Club Park
This 1 acre neighborhood park with various playground equipment is located at the intersection of Bryan Circle and Park Street within the County Club Addition.
Located on the north side of Lake Carlsbad between the railroad tracks and the Par 3 Municipal Golf Course, this 7.21 acre park provides 3 large covered picnic shelters with tables and restroom facilities.
Senator Milton R. Smith Park
This 2 acre neighborhood park consists of playground equipment and is located at North Mesa and West Church Streets.
Senior High School Baseball and Softball Park
These parks consist of approximately 13 acres of land with lighted baseball and softball fields. A joint City/School agreement developed this complex which is located west of North 8th Street and east of the Carlsbad Senior High School Football stadium.
Shooting Range / Action Sports Complex
Consisting of approximately 645 acres, this complex is located approximately 2.5 miles north of Happy Valley on the east side of the truck by-pass leading to the Artesia Highway (US 285). The area provides 4 trap ranges, pistol range, small bore rifle range, large bore rifle range, silhouette rifle range, silhouette pistol range, muzzle loaders range, black powder range, archery range, cross-wind runways for radio controlled model airplanes, a competition go-cart track, restroom facilities and picnic areas.
South 8th Street Neighborhood Park
Located in the 500 block of S. 8th Street at Florida Street, this .87 acre neighborhood park provides playground equipment and a lighted basketball court.
Sunset Park 1802 W. Blodgett
Consisting of approximately 5 acres, this park area is located along the CID irrigation canal at Blodgett and Solana Streets. Home of the Shorthorn Little League, this park provides 4 playing fields, playground equipment and a lighted basketball court.
Located across from the south end of the Lake Carlsbad Recreation area near the Tansil Dam, this 11.36 acre recreation area houses the, Rio Pecos Tennis Shop, 3 racquetball courts, 3 soccer practice fields, and restroom facilities.
Troy Young Community Park 2207 San Jose Boulevard
Located on San Jose Boulevard and bordering the CID irrigation canal, this 6 acre neighborhood park has a basketball court, tennis court and playground equipment.
West Carlsbad Recreation Area 611 N. 5th Street
This 4 acre neighborhood park is located in the 600 block of N. 5th Street and consists of tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court and playground equipment.
Contact: Ted Cordova
Office Phone: 575-689-8351