Buena Vista Lagoon Boardwalk Project
The Buena Vista Lagoon is a two hundred acre Ecological Reserve located along the northwest boundary of the City of Carlsbad and the southwest boundary of the City of Oceanside. In 1991, the Buena Vista Lagoon Foundation proposed building a boardwalk at the lagoon’s western end that would run beside the lagoon connecting the Audubon Nature Center in Oceanside with Maxton Brown Park in Carlsbad alongside the Carlsbad Boulevard – South Coast Highway roadway. The boardwalk would literally build a bridge between Oceanside and Carlsbad that would provide a way for visitors to enjoy the amenities of both cities, keeping pedestrians and fisherman somewhat removed from the heavily-traveled roadway. In addition, the boardwalk would give pedestrians, bicyclists, and bird watchers better access to the lagoon.
At this conceptual stage, it is envisioned that the boardwalk would be built of timber given its naturalistic appearance. Conforming with all state and local codes, the boardwalk will include handrails on both sides, walking surface, viewing decks, and will incorporate access paths and ramps to facilitate easy pedestrian flow and handicapped accessibility. It will not feature changes in elevation to facilitate the transit of the handicapped user. All timber used in the construction of the boardwalk will be treated to prevent decay from insect attack, biological decay, ultraviolet light exposure, stress from wetting and drying, and moisture. The boardwalk will be constructed over the shoreline and shoals with none or minimal water surface underneath it.