Hidden Valley Kiwanis

Dixon Lake and the neighboring Daily 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). Assuming 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. One of the two 1200 sqft children’s playgrounds was removed in 2016. As a result the Dixon Lake staff has had to forgo some of its youth day events. This has serious impacted the Family environment the staff at Dixon Lake has strives to maintained. As funding was a challenge for the City to attain in this area, Hidden Valley Kiwanis stepped up to fulfill the gap. HVK has completed Phase 1 (cost of approximately $80,000) in March 2020, by providing a 1200 square foot playground in support of the general public. Currently there is a ADA cabin installed in the campground, and an ADA water craft, but no ADA playground for children and serious limitations for the age group 2-5. HVK has proposed a Phase II which adds an additional 800 sqft specifically dedicated to ADA and children 2-5 (picture attached). Hidden Valley will continue to support Dixon Lake and associated Daily Ranch in the same capacity it has for the last 22+ years.

Additional Information

Phase I was supported by The 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 family of the HVK membership
Currently HVK has on hand over $25,000 in support of this effort. We have a quote from Landscape Structures for $59,140.30 (material and labor). 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 will assume all future maintenance after this effort is done. With the support of this prize fund, I will personally guarantee the funds required to complete this effort.
The dedication for Phase I has been put on hold by the city due to state mandates on public activities, however we have approval from the City Of Escondido, that construction efforts will not be impacted