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On August 23, 2022, the City of Encinitas celebrated the grand opening of Trail 95 with a ribbon cutting by the Mayor and Council Members. Located along El Camino Del Norte in the community of Olivenhain, the new 920 linear feet trail makes connections to existing Olivenhain trails and the County of San Diego Trail System.

Many of the existing trails in Olivenhain were developed as part of new home construction projects. In 2002, the City Council adopted the Recreational Trails Master Plan, which identified a network of existing and proposed recreational trails throughout the City.

In 2007, the Parks and Recreation Department developed a plan to construct trail segments that could be easily acquired and developed and create connections to existing trails. Many smaller segments have been built, but larger trails like Trail 95 required more substantial planning and funding. The City invested $837,394 to construct Trail 95.

“Trails improve connectivity and mobility in our communities,” said City of Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “They provide safe routes for families walking to school as well as recreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding. As part of the stamped crosswalk, a safety feature that stands out is the flashing beacon trail crossing, which uses flashing yellow lights to alert motorists when individuals are crossing the street.”

“This project was a collaboration between the Encinitas Trails Coalition, the City of Encinitas, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and this community,” said Deputy Mayor and City Council District 4 Representative Joe Mosca. “I want to thank everyone for their time and efforts that made this project a reality. I would also like to thank my fellow Council Members for supporting projects like this, not only here in Olivenhain, but throughout the City. It’s part of what makes Encinitas a unique and wonderful place to live.”

For more information on our Trails and Open Space, please visit our Trails and Open Space page.