Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts
505 S. Vulcan Ave.
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 633-2740

Travis M. Karlen
Travis M. Karlen
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Director

Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is responsible for a wide range of services for the City including recreation programs, city-wide special events (Holiday Parade, Spring Egg Hunt, Movies in the Park, Summer Concerts, Cyclovia), park, beach and recreational trail maintenance, management of open space, streetscape maintenance, animal services, and oversight of the administration of the Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority.

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department includes the following Divisions:

Administrative Services

The Administrative Division is responsible for directing and supervising all divisions of the department and providing a variety of administrative services, including leases and operating agreements, contract management, grant procurement and administration, design of capital projects, budgeting, financial planning, special project management, concession management, program registration, special permits, and oversight of the administration of the Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority and animal services contracts. In addition, this division provides support for the Youth, Senior, Arts, and Parks and Recreation Commissions.

Cultural Arts

The Cultural Arts Division manages the City's Civic Arts Program and Public Art Program, administers the City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program, supports arts education, conducts research and grant writing, and provides information and assistance to artists and arts and community organizations. The Division operates and supports many visual and performing arts programs and installs and maintains more than 80 pieces of public art in Encinitas.

Parks, Beaches and Trails

The Parks, Beaches and Trails Division maintains and operates 20 unique community parks, three sports parks, a world-class skatepark and a 2-acre off-leash dog park. The Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all park, beach and trail facilities, including 10 miles of streetscapes, 82 acres of open space, 152 acres of both developed and undeveloped parks, 45 acres of beaches, and 40 miles of trails.


The Recreation Services Division is responsible for planning and administering recreation services for youth, teens, adults, and senior citizens. Through a variety of programming and events, the Recreation Division provides the community with opportunities to learn, maintain and improve health, to socialized and to challenge themselves. The Recreation Division also provides a variety of recreational, educational, and sports activities to the public; many of these operate on a fee-for-use basis to subsidize program costs. The Recreation Division administers the Encinitas Sister City program. The Recreation Division also operates the 39,000 square foot Encinitas Community & Senior Center.

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