Encinitas makes plans to create a new mini-park

April 26, 2013 by  

City officials in Encinitas, California, have approved plans to create a mini-park at the corner of Coast Highway 101 and K Street. The new park will replace a traffic island and right turn lane, and a bus stop will have to be relocated.

City engineer Stephanie Kellar says the current layout of the corner is awkward as well as being potentially dangerous for commuters who are waiting for a bus, since the only separation between pedestrians at the bus stop and cars is the paint that delineates the traffic lanes. Not only that, but the sidewalks on the north and south sides of K Street do not line up, confusing pedestrians when they try to cross the intersection.

The city is currently trying to decide what sort of trees it will plant here, as well as whether it will add a bench and streetlamp to the park. It also has to come to a decision on where it is going to put the bus stop that will be removed from the intersection. A neighboring bike lane will not be impacted by the construction, according to city officials.

The entire project is estimated to cost $296,000 of which $97,000 is coming from a community development grant that was recently given to Encinitas. In order to use the grant, the city will have to start construction this summer. The process should take 40 – 60 days.

Encinitas officials could work with flyer printing experts to create a mailer that would explain the project and schedule to residents, and explain the bus stop will be moved.