Hidden Valley Kiwanis

The city of Escondido encompasses over 37.5 square miles, with a current population of over 151,100 people in over 48,000 housing units. There are 25 K-8 schools and 14 parks covering over 7 square miles of recreation area. However there are no fully compliant and inclusive ADA playgrounds. The city has been addressing this discrepancy for over 10 years, but funding has been an obstacle
Dixon Lake and the neighboring Daley Ranch provide 6000 acres of open space with camping, fishing, cycling, exercising, and picnicking. With over 350,000 visitors (documented statistics), we estimate 25% are children (87,500). We assume that two thirds are under the age of 12 (57,750 children), with a current estimate of over 2 million hours of use over the course of a year. Dixon Lake currently incorporates an ADA cabin, and an ADA water craft, and ADA compliant restrooms, but no fully inclusive and interactive ADA playground for children; and serious limitations for the age group 2-5. Dixon Lake has two playgrounds, each approximately 1200 square feet for age groups 5-12 with ADA compatible wheel chair ramps. The Kiwanis Club of Hidden Valley (KCHV) has stepped up to fill in the ADA gap by installing the first fully compliant ADA playground in this area. KCHV will continue to support Dixon Lake and associated Daley Ranch in the same capacity it has for the last 22+ years. KCHV has proposed and obtained city approval which adds an additional 800 sqft specifically dedicated to ADA compliance, and children ages 2-5 (picture attached).

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Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of Escondido Lodge 1687, two local Rotary Clubs, our sister Escondido Kiwanis Club, The Escondido Charitable Foundation, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors City Improvement Program, Kiwanis International Children’s Foundation, the citizens of Escondido, and multiple friends and families of the KCHV membership.
Currently KCHV has on hand over $35,000 in support of this effort. We have a quote from Landscape Structures for $76,970 (material and labor). Size and costs were specifically chosen to insure this effort was doable and sustainable within a limited timeframe. Our fundraising efforts have been impacted due to the COVID 19 situation. All agreements are in place with the city and all engineering requirements have been met. The City of Escondido in exchange for direct funding has assumed all future maintenance after this effort is done. We have a fundraising effort scheduled for December 2021 that is expected to raise $35,000 for the effort with the support of this prize fund; I have positive expectations that we can meet our goal for early 2022, if not sooner.
KCHV recently teamed with the local Elks Lodge, two local Rotary Clubs, the County Board of Supervisors, and the local Charitable foundation to complete the replacement of a 1200+ Square Foot playground at Dixon Lake at a cost of over $80,000. That included benches for friends and family to enjoy the experience. But through the experience KCHV concluded it was not enough as a key element of children at play was, and has been overlooked in our community. KCHV is committed to moving forward with total inclusive and interactive play for all children of this community and surrounding communities, It is our anticipation the City of Escondido will accept this gesture to incorporate additional structures throughout the community.