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San Elijo Activity Hub Park & Ride opens in Encinitas

On Saturday, August 12, Caltrans and SANDAG will open a new San Elijo Activity Hub Park & Ride in the City of Encinitas near the northbound Interstate 5 (I-5) on/off ramp. The Park & Ride will provide the community with 166 parking spaces, bike racks, an interpretive lagoon display, infrastructure for future electric vehicle charging stations, and information on nearby trails and access points to the San Elijo Lagoon. Additionally, the Park & Ride will sit directly south of a dedicated space for future community gardens, which will be managed by the Nature Collective.

There is currently no Park & Ride lot available for over six miles between Birmingham Drive and Sorrento Valley on I-5, which can cause overcrowded parking in neighborhoods adjacent to the freeway. The San Elijo Activity Hub Park & Ride will provide ample parking to relieve overflow into these neighborhoods and provide the opportunity for more visitors to explore the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Water Campus, and nearby trails. 

This area will also support carpooling to work, the beach, and more destinations throughout North County by providing a safe and accessible meeting space. A portion of this parking is now available for public use, with the remaining parking spaces planned to open on August 12.

To celebrate the completion of the new Park & Ride, Caltrans and SANDAG are inviting the public to attend a grand opening community celebration on Saturday, August 12, from 9 – 11 a.m. at 2581 Via Poco, Cardiff CA! The event will feature brief remarks from elected officials and project partners, family-friendly games and activities, and more. Learn more by visiting the event page here.

The new Activity Hub Park & Ride is just one project within the Build NCC program, which has completed more than 13 miles of Carpool/HOV Lanes on I-5, four soundwalls, more than seven miles of bike and pedestrian trails, 1.5 miles of rail double-tracking, reconstruction of the Vista Point on southbound I-5 in Encinitas, restoration of 154 acres within the San Elijo Lagoon, and over 400,000 cubic yards of sand added to local beaches.

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