In strict compliance with the County of San Diego orders: only the ECF chair and City worker helping to light the Arch will light the Arch. The public cannot attend.
The Times-Advocate will have the lighting available on Facebook Live: www.Facebook.com/TimesAdvocate
The Escondido Community Foundation (ECF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced that it will quietly light the 40-foot by 108-foot welcome arch over Grand Avenue at Centre City Parkway on April 11 at 7:30pm in honor of first responders, as a beacon of hope. The arch, named “The Giving Arch” is in recognition of the generosity and community spirit of Escondido residents. The design of The Giving Arch reflects the architectural lines of Escondido City Hall and the philanthropic spirit of the community and will welcome both residents and visitors to Escondido.
A lighting and dedication of the Arch was originally scheduled for March 12 but was cancelled last minute due to the COVID 19 outbreak. It has remained unlit now.
The Escondido Community Foundation has decided that it is time to light the new Giving Arch. Jacquie Skay, Chair of the ECF Board, commented. “While the original plan was to host a huge public ceremony but the rules of the day changed that plan. We decided not to wait. Now is the time to give our community something to cheer about.”