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Kit Carson Park, Escondido

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Kit Carson Park is a 285acre municipal park in Escondido, California, United States. The park was named after Christopher (Kit) Carson, the famous scout who guided Captain John C. Frémont over the Sierra Nevada during a government exploration expedition. The park sits in a valley that is approximately 5mi west of where Kit Carson fought in the Battle of San Pasqual. A historical monument commemorating the battle is located on Mule Hill, one mile southeast of the park.
The City of Escondido acquired the land for its largest regional park from the City of San Diego in 1967. of the park have been developed, and have been preserved as natural habitat. The park has been described as the "city's recreation hub" with a "giant recreation complex".
A Sports Center opened in 1997 which includes a 20000sqft skate park, a soccer arena and an arena for inline hockey. Solar panels are being installed at the sports center, as well as near the softball fields, as part of a bigger project to generate energy atop Escondido city facilities.
Escondido Skate Park features wooden ramps rather than concrete, found in typical skate parks. The wooden ramp make the park more flexible when it comes to adding ramps and other features, but also makes it prone to weather damage. The city of Escondido renovated the 22,000-square-foot park in 2009, removing rotted plywood, replacing hardware and waterproofing the new wood. More than 10,000 in-line skaters, skateboarders and BMX riders from age 6 to adult use the park each year.
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  • The park has an upper trail loop and lower trail loop. I recommend parking at the playground near the entrance and taking the trail on the backside of the play structure towards the entrance. The...  more »
  • A fun activity for all ages is disc golf. Most courses are public and free. Your only cost is a couple of used discs and Kit Carson has a roomfull of them for sale. The course layout had a mix of...  more »
  • Just attended a birthday party there, it seems very popular for that type of event! There are picnic tables and playgrounds around for the kids, as well as large sports areas. It was a very hot day, but we found a picnic table right under a large tree which have us very pleasant shade. Large, clean, beautifully kept family-oriented Park. 👍👍
  • Kit Carson Park is a wonderful, interesting Escondido park! There are many teams playing different sports, trails to hike and walk dogs, a wonderful art exhibit to walk through, a skate board park and an ampitheater with open-air plays performed on summer weekends. It is carefully maintained and clean.

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