FEATURED THIS WEEK
New Bridge Craned in Over the Escondido Creek
On November 20 the new pedestrian bridge was placed over the Escondido Creek as part of the Escondido Creek Bikeway Missing Link Project. This project fills an existing gap between the Escondido Creek Trail on N. Broadway and the Inland Rail Trail on Quince Street by constructing new bike facilities through the core city area. Read more about the project here.
Over 1,100 Volunteers Lend a Hand in Kit Carson Park
On November 17, The Church of Rancho Bernardo held their annual serve day at Kit Carson Park. This event is the City’s largest volunteer turnout of the year. The Church brought over 1,100 volunteers to clean, pick up trash, trim plants and trees, plant new trees and spread mulch for nearly 4 hours. This equates to 82.5 weeks of labor saved. It would take two full time employees nearly 10 months to complete this many hours of labor. This one day of service saves our taxpayers over $81,000! Thank you to The Church of Rancho Bernardo for this amazing commitment to Escondido.
Successful Fire Department Partnership with Palomar College
In response to our ongoing challenges recruiting paramedics, the Fire Department recently implemented a partnership with Palomar College’s Paramedic School to fast track selected paramedic students into full time positions with the City. After completing the classroom portion of paramedic school, students must complete a 22-shift (two month) internship assigned to a preceptor assigned on an ambulance. In September of this year three students were selected to complete their internship with our Fire Department. All three students successfully passed their internships and graduated from paramedic school. They have applied for full time positions and are currently in backgrounds. We expect all three to be hired full time in January 2019.
Pollinator Gardens Pop Up in Escondido
The small space between Evans Tire and the Escondido Creek is more than just landscaping. The Plaza Del Arroyo pocket park is a functioning pollinating garden that is full of bees, beetles, and caterpillars that aid in the overall ecosystem in the area. Read more in the San the Union Tribune article here.
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