Escondido’s City parks, including Dixon and Wohlford Lakes, and Daley Ranch offer a variety of amenities for the community to enjoy the outdoors.  Through August 18, the Recreation division offers youth, ages 6 to 14, the opportunity of participating in the POWER Mobile Recreation program held at Grove Park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The POWER Mobile Recreation program is free and engages children and teens in assorted games, sports, and arts & craft projects. POWER Mobile Recreation is a great place for youth to make new friends in a safe environment led by our positive and professional recreation staff.

Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs encourage reading for fun and relaxation. . This year’s theme is “Read to the Rhythm!” Register by July 20 to participate, earn reading incentive prizes and join the fun!

For information about Recreation and Library programs, visit the City’s website at

4th of July Celebration

Escondido’s 52nd  annual July 4th celebration & fireworks display in Grape Day Park is back this year with an exciting line-up featuring fun for the whole family! This exciting event celebrates our community’s patriotic heritage and shares the love of our great nation with all of Escondido.

Enjoy a variety of free entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. with a presentation by the American Legion followed by; Jimmy & Enrique  at the Main Stage (4:45p.m.), Mrs. Jones’ Revenge  at the Main Stage (5:45 p.m.), Morgan Leigh Band at the Main Stage (6:45 p.m.), 1st Marine Division Band in concert at the Main Stage (8:05 p.m.), fireworks display by Fireworks America (approx. 9 p.m.) From 4-7p.m. the Escondido History Center will be open and there will be projects for children of all ages. A variety of refreshments will be available for purchase. 

This event is generously sponsored by the City of Escondido and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Please note: BBQs, alcohol, pets and tall chairs/canopies should not be brought to the park.

Library and Community Services Summer Programs

The Library and Community Services Department offers great programs for kids, teens, adults and families to make Summer 2015 fun and memorable. I invite you to enjoy our Recreation and Library programs to stay active and keep stimulated.

The Recreation Division offers summer camps to engage preschoolers through teens in activities for as little as two and a half hours a day to full day participation. Teens can also develop leadership and job skills by participating in our Teen Camp Counselor-In-Training Program. Energetic and enthusiastic staff members keep kids involved in fun, positive activities all summer long. Learn more about Summer Camps and other exciting activities for kids and adults at

Read to the Rhythm! with Escondido Public Library’s Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens and adults from June 15 – August 1. Register at the Library or online to read for fun and incentive prizes. Besides great resources, the Library offers a full schedule of programs and performances featuring music, dance, magic, and stories. Visit the Library’s website,   for information on the variety of ongoing programs for all ages as well as for information on the Read to the Rhythm! program.


The Escondido City Council is seeking applicants for the Library Board of Trustees, the Community Services Commission and the Personnel Board of Review due to recent vacancies.  The term of office for the Library Board of Trustees will expire on March 31, 2017, while the terms of office for both the Community Services Commission and the Personnel Board of Review will expire on March 31, 2016. 

Appointed by the City Council, the five-member Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m. Each member serves a term of three years. The Library Board of Trustees oversees library services and advises the City Council and the City Librarian on the development of plans, policies and programs that are responsive to the community needs and desires. 

The nine-member Community Services Commission meets quarterly, on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  Each member serves a term of four years.  Appointed by the City Council, the Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Council, Community Services Director and School Districts in matters pertaining to community recreation programs and development, park areas and facilities, community beautification projects and any other community service as determined by the Commission, City Council, or staff. 

Also appointed by the City Council, the seven-member Personnel Board of Review meets on an as-needed basis. Each member serves a term of four years. The Personnel Board of Review serves as an autonomous hearing body to review and issue findings regarding disciplinary actions being appealed by full-time, permanent, classified employees. 

If you are interested in volunteering a few hours a month to serve your community, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 839-4617 for further information and an application form.  Applications can also be downloaded from the city’s website at  Please submit your application to the City Clerk’s Office no later than Friday, June 12, 2015 

More information is available on the City’s website at or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 760-839-4617.