Free Public Tours of City Hall and Police and Fire Headquarters

Did you know the City of Escondido offers free guided tours of the award- winning City Hall and the Police and Fire Headquarters buildings?  Both tours are a great way to learn more about city government operations, as well as some fun facts about the City’s history.

Completed in 1988, Escondido City Hall was awarded the prestigious Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence in 1989. The tour includes a walk through City Hall and around its exterior.  Tours of City Hall are offered on a quarterly basis on the first Thursday of January, April, July, and October. Due to the observance of Independence Day, the next tour will be held on July 11, 2013 and will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall lobby, 201 N. Broadway. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required. However, school groups wishing to tour City Hall may arrange to do so by contacting the Community Services Department at 760-839-4691.

Free guided tours of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway, are available by appointment only.   Please contact Community Service Officer Roberta Akans at 760-839-4961 or  by email at

Annual 4th of July Celebration

Escondido’s 50th 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 shared the love of our great nation with all of Escondido. New this year, we are pleased to welcome the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton under the direction of CWO3 Hayes.

Enjoy a variety of free entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. with a presentation by the American Legion followed by; Annette D’Bomb & Da’ Bomb Squad at the Main Stage (4:45p.m.), HeartBreaker at the Main Stage (5:45 p.m.), Kanan Road at the Main Stage (6:45 p.m.), 1st Marine Division Bandinconcert 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. The CCAE Museum will also be open free to the public during that time featuring the Comic Art Exhibition. A variety of refreshments will be available for purchase.

This event is generously sponsored by Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, Crescentera Inc., Weir Asphalt Construction Group – George & Cynthia Weir, Jean Will, Peter LW & Wilma Hall Foundation, AmericanWest Bank, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Donald & Janet Sutherland, California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the City of Escondido.

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

Now is the Time to Reduce Fire Hazards

Fire season is fast approaching, and as a reminder, it is time to be aware of potential hazards on or around your property.  Here are some items to check for:

  •  Trash,  debris, and other combustible materials that create a fire hazard must be removed from the property.
  •  Properties of one acre should be cleared of hazards in their entirety (weeds).
  •  Properties of more than one acre should have one hundred feet clearance from structures and fifty feet clearance around the perimeter.
  •  Roadways and/or driveways shall be cleared of vegetation to at least the width of the roadway plus ten feet on each side, and a height of thirteen and one-half feet above the road surface.
  •  Storage of firewood material shall be located a minimum of thirty feet from structures and separated from the crown of trees by a minimum of fifteen feet. 
  •  Property owners should clear any combustible material, weeds, brush, trees or other vegetation (including mulch) that is, or could become, dry and could be capable of transmitting fire.

 For further information, please contact the Escondido Fire Department (760) 839-5417, (760) 839-5400 or email

Regional Research and Branding Initiative

A regional research and branding effort among the cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista is now underway.   The branding consultant, North Star, has begun working directly with the Economic Development staff members of the cities.  The first steps will be a research and strategy process in which the cities will provide North Star with existing information/documents as well as responding to questionnaires pertaining to our economic development efforts, tourism, arts organizations, business organizations, marketing materials, communications plans, etc.     Following that, North Star will be creating an online survey that each city will send in July to business and community leaders in each city.  In August North Star will come to North County for an asset-based FAM Tour (familiarization tour) and to conduct interviews with elected officials, key stakeholders, staff and economic development and tourism-related interests. The research and strategy process will be completed in the Fall and the full project should be completed early in 2014.  Each city is contributing $21,000 to the effort.

The branding effort will promote North County’s economic development brand, encourage job creation, and improve and promote the region’s competitiveness among economic development interests, the business community, industry associations, and educational institutions. For more information regarding the branding effort, contact the Escondido City Manager’s Office at (760) 839-4587.