Carlsbad’s history begins with the Luiseño people who located one of their villages, Palamai, near what is today Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The world’s first skateboard park, Carlsbad Skatepark, was built here in March 1976. In 1999, Legoland California, the first Legoland theme park outside of Europe, now owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, opened in Carlsbad. Carlsbad is a suburban city formed to avoid annexation by nearby Oceanside. The city attracted people from around the world, one example are ethnic groups from Germany and Austria, as well Scandinavia and the Low Countries who came at the turn of the 20th century to a town and landscape reminiscent of their homelands.