Escondido, CA Parks and Recreation

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El Norte Park

El Norte Park1375 East El Norte Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4691
Open from sunrise to sunset

El Norte Park, which runs from El Norte Parkway to Stanley, is Escondido's newest developed neighborhood park.

Facilities:

2.5-acre neighborhood park
Children's play area
Picnic tables
BBQ
Open turf area

Felicita County Park

742 Clarence Lane
Escondido, CA 92029
760-745-4379
Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–Sunset (Closed on Christmas Day)

Parking Fee: $3.00 per vehicle collected at the entry gate.

Felicita Park is the site of one of the largest and oldest Indian villages in the county. To this day, grinding holes and other artifacts reveal evidence of the centuries-old community of the Northern Diegueno Indians.

In 1867, an Irishman by the name of James McCoy acquired the Bernardo Rancho which included a portion of what is now Felicita Park. His large flocks of sheep ranged over this land called McCoy's Grove. In 1871, Mr. McCoy was elected to the State Senate and played a prominent role until his death in 1895. The property, later owned by Ransford Lewis, was purchased as a county park for the sum of $12,000 in December 1929.

The park was given the name of Felicita Park because the Felicita pageant, based on the book, Indian Stories of the Southwest, was performed in the park from 1928-1931.

Facilities:

53 acres of dense oak groves
horseshoe pits
Picnic tables
BBQ
playgrounds
Restrooms
volleyball court
Nature trail
Hiking trails

Grape Day Park

Grape Day Park321 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
760-839-4691
Open from sunrise to sunset
www.grapedaypark.org

Since the early 1930s, Grape Day Park, Escondido's oldest park, has been the center for community events and activities. Every year from 1908 to 1950, people from as far away as Los Angeles came to celebrate the annual Grape Day Harvest, a major industry in the Escondido valley.

The park continues its tradition as the center for community gatherings. It is a registered landmark and home to a turn-of-the-century working barn, Santa Fe Railroad depot, blacksmith shop, and other historic buildings, museums, and monuments.

Facilities:

ADA compliant playground
Picnic tables
horseshoe pits
Children's tile art wall
James A. Stone Municipal Swimming Pool (25-yard swimming pool and small children's pool)
For more information regarding programs and hours of operation, please call 760-839-4691.
Grape Day Park Military Tribute (see video below)
Restrooms

Grove Park
745 North Ash Street
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4691

Facilities:
4.5 acres
Gazebo
Picnic tables
Restrooms
basketball courts
playgrounds
Game tables
Walking path

Jesmond Dene Park
2401 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92026
760- 839-4691

Facilities:
35 acres
lighted Little League fields
baseball field
Concession stand
Picnic tables
BBQ
playground
Restrooms

Kit Carson Park
3333 Bear Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
760-839-4691

Facilities:
285 acres
hiking trails
5-acre arboretum
The Iris Sankey Magical Garden
Tree Lake
Duck Lake
Sand Lake
playground
Shaded areas
picnic tables
BBQ, reservations accepted
Covered shelter
baseball fields
softball fields
soccer fields
tennis courts
lighted sports fields & courts
outdoor amphitheater, seats 3,000
Queen Califia's Magical Circle
sculpture garden
Eucalyptus Leaf Court
public art piece

Sports Center
pro shop
22,000 square-foot skate park
2 roller hockey arenas
soccer arenas
Escondido Rotary Club (free) Disc Golf Course
sandiegoaces.com
17 holes
Discs sold

Mayflower Dog Park

Mayflower Dog Park3420 Valley Center Road
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4691
Open from dawn to 9:00 p.m.

The park is a fenced, off-leash, 1-acre area where you and your dog can go to socialize with others--humans and hounds alike! Grab your dog, its favorite leash, and come enjoy this new community asset.


Rules & Regulations

These rules must be read prior to entering this park.

Park users and dog owners assume all risk related to park use.
Enter at own risk. By entering this park, you agree to assume all duties and releases of liability as set forth in the City's Waiver & Release of Liability (see below).
Owners must remain with dogs and carry a leash within fenced area.
Owners must clean up after their dogs.
Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.
Dogs exhibiting dangerous behavior are prohibited.
Dogs must be wearing a collar with identification at all times.
Puppies under four months of age are prohibited.
Dogs in heat are prohibited.
Limit three dogs per person per visit.
An adult must closely supervise children.
Dogs must be leashed prior to entering and upon leaving the park.
See bulletin board for complete rules.


Mountain View Park

Mountain View Park1160 South Citrus Avenue
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4691
Open from sunrise to sunset, except for lighted ballfields that close at or before 10:30 p.m.

Prior to development, Mountain View Park, located on Citrus Avenue and Glen Ridge Road, was an income-producing avocado and orange grove. The City of Escondido purchased it in May 1985, in order to provide a recreational area for the growing community in the eastern area of the city.

Facilities:

11 developed acres
Lighted Little League fields
Soccer field
Tennis courts
Picnic tables
Tot lot / playground
Restrooms
Open turf area

Rod McLeod Park

Rod McCleod Park1701 South Iris Lane
Escondido, CA 92026
760-839-4691
Open from sunrise to sunset

The park was named after the late Palomar Hospital Administrator, Rod McLeod. After his death in 1976, the park was named in his honor for his outstanding contributions to the community and for his service to the City as a member of the Escondido Parks and Recreation Commission.

The park, one of the higher points of land in the area immediately encircling the city of Escondido, affords good views of the city's downtown area and surrounding countryside.

Facilities:

18 developed acres
Picnic tables
BBQ
Tot lot
Restrooms
Playground

Ryan Park

390 North Hidden Trails Road
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4691
Open 8:00 a.m. to dusk, except for permitted lighted activites.

Frances Ryan Park contains 67 acres, 42 of which are currently developed. Phase one of the park's construction consisted of: seven athletic fields, five with lights and two without; parking; and landscaping. The fields are currently home to the Escondido Youth Soccer Club, and are used by many other non-profit groups and citizens. Phase two of the park's construction consisted of restrooms and concession facilities. Future phases will include: additional paved parking; two Little League baseball fields with lights; another unlit practice area; a second restroom/concession building; and a playground area.

The land was purchased by the City and named after Frances Ryan, a former teacher at Escondido High School and one of the first persons to collect information and publish books on the history of Escondido. A number of years ago, Frances left her collection to the Library and established a trust fund which is used to operate the Pioneer Room. The Ryan family lived just east of the park, and was responsible for planting many large oak specimens throughout the east end of the valley. The Engelmann Oak, one of the most endangered oak species in California, can be found among the trees planted by the Ryan family in the east end of the park. In fact, Mayflower Dog Park is named for the Mayflower Tree, an Engelmann Oak planted by Frances Ryan just west of Dog Park. As the story goes, Frances obtained an acorn from a tree planted by the pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower.

NOTE: Dogs are not permitted at Ryan Park. Please do not bring your dog to your children's soccer games or tournaments. Thanks you for your cooperation!


Washington Park

Washington Park501 North Rose Street
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4691
Open from sunrise to sunset, except for lighted ballfield that closes at or before 10:00 p.m.

Washington Park began as an 11-acre farm in 1913. The Escondido Valley Riders Association used the land for horse shows until the property was eventually sold to the City.

Washington Park Pool was dedicated on June 13, 1964, and is still heavily used by high school water polo and swim teams, a community competitive swim club, and the Recreation Division's Learn-to-Swim Program during the summer.

Facilities:

Washington Park Pool, a 25-yard swimming pool equipped with slide*
Small children's pool*
1 lighted ballfield
4 lighted tennis courts
2 lighted basketball courts
1,200 square-foot recreation building available on a reservation basis
Tiny tot play area / playground
Picnic areas with tables
Restrooms

*For information regarding programs and hours of operation, please call 760-839-4691.


Westside Park

Westside Park333 South Spruce Street
Escondido, CA 92025
760-839-4691
Open from sunrise to sunset

Westside Park, located at 4th and Spruce, was purchased in 1971. This neighborhood park includes children play equipment, picnic areas, a basketball court, restrooms and a covered picnic shelter. The park was named through a contest with children from Central and Felicita Schools.

Facilities:

2.3-acre neighborhood park
Picnic areas with tables
BBQ
Basketball court / volleyball court
Handball wall
Children's play area
Restrooms
Open turf areas



Dixon Lake

Dixon Lake1700 North La Honda Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4680

Dixon Lake is open year-round. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. daily; park closes at dusk. Night fishing is available during the summer months. Contact Park Ranger at 760-839-4680 for further information. No pets are allowed at this facility.

For current fishing conditions and hours of operation, please check the latest fishing report.

Aquatic Invasive Species Songs
Accessible Cabin
Possible World Record Bass
Camping Information
Picnic Information
Fishing Information
Lake Rules & Regulations
Trout Derby
Weekly Fish Report

Entry Fee (Day Use):
Per Car/Van/Motorcycle $5.00
Buses/Vehicles over 20 ft. $10.00
Senior Citizens (over 60) FREE

Lake Wohlford

Lake Wohlford25453 Lake Wohlford Road
Escondido, CA 92025
760-839-4346

Lake Wohlford is open seven days a week from mid-December through the weekend after Labor Day in September. Lake Wohlford is open Saturdays and Sundays only from the weekend after Labor Day until mid-December. Fishing hours are 6:00 a.m. to dusk. Contact Park Ranger at 760-839-4346 for further information.

ATTENTION: In order to protect Lake Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a temporary ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors and other equipment that contacts the water.

Aquatic Invasive Species Songs
Fishing Information
Fishing Map
Fish Photos
o Bass
o Bluegill
o Catfish
o Crappie
o Trout
Lake Rules & Regulations
Weekly Fish Report



Daley Ranch

Daley Ranch3024 La Honda Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
760-839-4680
Open daily from dawn to dusk

Daley Ranch is located in the northeastern portion of the City of Escondido, north of Dixon Lake and west of Valley Center Road. Access is provided via La Honda Drive to the south, Valley Center Road to the east, and Cougar Pass Road to the west.

History of Daley Ranch
Daley Ranch Rules & Regulations
Daley Ranch Naturalist Hikes
Meet the Daley Ranch Naturalists
Daley Ranch Map
Friends of Daley Ranch
Amateur Photography Contest
Volunteer Application

Daley Ranch is a 3,058-acre conservation area acquired in 1996 by the City of Escondido and is managed in perpetuity for the preservation of a biologically unique and diverse habitat area of regional importance. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational and educational opportunities and experiences in a historically significant setting. The property contains a number of natural vegetation communities including lush oak woodlands, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, grasslands, and riparian areas.

Approximately 1.5 miles from the La Honda entry is the redwood ranch house (currently a private caretaker's residence), redwood barn, and numerous outbuildings of historical interest.

Daley Ranch offers over 20 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Six distinct trails cover most of the property. Most popular are the Boulder Loop Trail (2.4 miles) which affords outstanding views of Escondido, and the Ranch House Loop (2.5 miles), which passes two small ponds and the site of Daley's original log cabin.

Since private motorized vehicles are not permitted within Daley Ranch, the City sponsors a free shuttle service, which runs every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shuttle picks up passengers at the La Honda Drive entrance gate on the half-hour and on the hour, and picks up passengers at the Ranch House for the return trip on the quarter hour. The shuttle van is wheelchair accessible.
Directions:

The main entrance is at the southernmost part of the property, just north of Dixon Lake at the top of La Honda Drive. Parking is available at the La Honda Drive entrance and within the adjacent Dixon Lake Recreation Area. The entrance to the northernmost part of the property is along the unimproved Cougar Pass Road, 0.5 miles south of Alps Way.

From Escondido – Go north on Broadway to Cougar Pass Road.

From Fallbrook – Take the Deer Springs/Mountain Meadow exit on I-15. Go east along Mountain Meadow Road and Mountain Glen Way to Cougar Pass Road.

From Valley Center – Take Valley Center Road south approximately mile and turn right at the Dixon Lake Filtration Plant access road.

Ample parking for equestrian trailers is available at the Valley Center Road entrance.

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