About the Escondido Creek Trail 

Plans are underway for improvements to the Escondido Creek Trail that will beautify the space and increase access to parkland and recreational opportunities. This project aims to encourage safe and healthy lifestyles through an improved sense of security, enhanced street crossings, fitness and play amenities, native and CA-friendly landscaping, and further opportunities for walking and jogging in addition to improvements to the bike path. The goal is to revitalize the Creek Trail Corridor through enhanced activities and partnerships with local businesses, artists, schools and other organizations. 

Project Goals 

  • Increase access to parks and recreational spaces  
  • Provide recreational and active transportation opportunities to bring as much positive activity to the area as possible 
  • Provide consistency in the look, feel and branding of Creek Trail Corridor 
  • Beautify the Creek Trail Corridor through artistic design elements and the planting of native, CA-friendly landscaping 
  • Engage the community—there are many opportunities for partnerships with local businesses, artists, volunteers, schools, health care and environmental organizations, and so much more! 

Project Map 

Amenity Additions and Enhancements 

  • Wayfinding and educational signage    
  • Lighting    
  • Paving/striping on the Creek Trail    
  • New landscaping    
  • Mural installments and artistic features   
  • Fitness stations    
  • Seating and gathering spaces    
  • Children’s play areas    
  • Trash receptacles and water bottle filling stations    
  • Safer pedestrian crossing and ramps where the Creek Trail intersects with local roadways    

Businesses Along the Creek Trail Corridor 

If you are a business or property owner along the Creek Trail Corridor, please visit this page for more detailed information as it relates to you.  

Project Background 

Starting in early 2010, residents brought forward a vision of the Escondido Creek Trail as a linear park which resulted in the following important planning documents: Revealing Escondido Creek vision plan and the Escondido Creek Trail Master Plan. Two top priorities that emerged were to complete the Missing Link bike path between Broadway and Centre City Parkway and to create safe mid-block crossings along the length of the Creek Trail. 

In 2020, the city was awarded $8.5 million from the California Department of Parks & Recreation through the Prop 68 Parks & Water Bond Act of 2018 which aims to create new parks and recreation opportunities in underserved communities across California. The current Escondido Creek Trail Expansion and Renovation project would improve approximately 4.5 miles of the existing Escondido Creek Trail and add approximately 0.4 miles of new bicycle path. This project will create a double-sided trail on approximately 1.7 miles; on one side will be the existing Class I bicycle path, on the other will be a new DG trail.

On January 26, 2022, city staff and design consultant teams shared the background and latest design progress on the Escondido Creek Trail Expansion and Renovation Project.  

Watch the presentation or review the slide deck to learn more about the project foundation. You can view the previous project information and background here

Project Timeline 

We’re in the process of selecting the team who will lead the project’s construction. We expect this to be finalized in fall 2024 upon approval by our City Council. 

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We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our community. Please reach out to us if you have any feedback or questions.