Escondido Community Gardens Along The Trail!
Escondido Creek Trail Community Gardens Proposal
By Richard Murphy, Board Vice President
The Conservancy was thrilled to support the City of Escondido’s successful $8.5 million grant to make improvements along the Escondido Creek Trail. Last fall, I sent a letter to Deputy City Manager Joanna Axelrod urging the city to consider installing community gardens along the creek trail, as part of the grant implementation.
We proposed a garden addition along the trail where residents–especially those with small or even no yards–could grow plants, including vegetables or flowers. In addition to vegetable gardens, the Conservancy would love to see some of those plots become pollinator gardens creating new habitats for monarchs and other threatened butterflies and insects. Even better, they could be integrated into garden plots with vegetables and wildflowers to support both humans and wildlife!
In my letter to the city, I suggested six locations where there appears to be room along the Creek Trail to install these gardens but there may be more locations. Read the letter and the subsequent news articles on our website. Please let the City of Escondido know you support community gardens along the trail!