[heading]by AMY LEHRER | photos by Soul of Photography[/heading]

An avid beach enthusiast and Carlsbad resident, Ken Hays, recently joined the board of the Friends of Carlsbad State Beaches (FCCSB). Impressed with an event Bill Wisener and Bill Mahoney organized for children and the funds they raised to support local state parks and beaches, Hays stepped up.

As an FCCSB board member, Hays discovered budget shortfalls prevented the state parks from maintaining beach stairs. The bluff side stairs that Carlsbad residents and campers use to climb down to the beach have not been fully renovated since being built in the 1960s. Observing the stairs state of disrepair and learning that Coastal Commission rules prevent stairs that have been damaged by storms from being replaced, Hays realized he was qualified to help. A general contractor with over 22 years’ experience building telecommunication facilities for cell sites, Hays used Hays Construction of Carlsbad resources and ten of his own workers to renovate two sections of stairs. Hays explained, “I hope by taking the first step that other local contractors might step up to lend a hand rebuilding the stairways.”

Since five sets of bluff side stairways in Cardiff and four sets in Carlsbad still need restoration, the FCCSB created the Adopt-a-Stairway program as a practical way to make substantial repairs at a reasonable cost. Donors who pledge to repair and maintain a set of stairs on an annual basis will have their name prominently displayed. Hays encouraged, “It’s a lot of work, but who could ask for a better place to work. The scenery is great, and it gives you a good feeling at the end of the day.”t.f.-8134

The FCCSB annually organizes fun family programs that also help raise needed funds. At the Carlsbad Campground in March, the Easter Bunny visited, an Easter egg hunt took place, and children painted rocks, participated at craft stations or entered a hula hoop contest. On July 27, a summer Christmas event will take place at the Carlsbad campgrounds that will include a silent auction for camping passes, beach parking passes, skate boards and surf boards.

In addition to his FCCSB role, Hays is a board member and coach for Tri-City Inline hockey, manages a baseball team and enjoys outdoor activities with his family. His wife, Jodi, enjoys competing in triathlons, and his boys play baseball and inline hockey. They all enjoy the beaches and visiting Naked Café or Swamis.

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Name: Ken Hays

Age: 52

Profession: President of Wireless Construction

Family: Wife – Jodi (49); Sons – Hunter (10) and Logan (7)

Education: Torrey Pines High School/Palomar College

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