A popular Friday night match in downtown Escondido – Cruisin ‘Grand’s old car show – returns this week for its annual performance, just in time to also celebrate the completion of a $ 2.5 million change of a section of Grand Avenue.
Visitors to the Cruisin ‘Grand, which returns at 4pm on Friday for the 22ndnd year along Grand Avenue, will be among the first to experience the completion of the First Phase of the Grand Avenue Vision Plan, a project designed to make Escondido’s historic center more pedestrian-friendly.
“It’s all kind of all together at the same time,” said Steve Waldron, founder and organizer of Cruisin ‘Grand.
Among the downtown changes are a reduction on Grand Avenue to a traffic lane in any direction between Escondido Boulevard and Juniper Road, widening the sidewalk on the north side of Grand from Broadway to Maple, adding diagonal parking to create more space, and new enclosures. around outdoor dining areas. Another addition is the overhead lighting.
The annual Cruisin ‘Grand launch was postponed from April to May this year to accommodate the final touches on the Grand Avenue project, Waldron said, but the event will continue every Friday evening until the end of September, as usual.
As always, pre-1974 cars are welcome to attend the free event, whether to sail to the Grand during the event or to park in the Broadway, Maple, Kalmia and Juniper sections that will be closed to traffic.
The hula hoop contest, which was canceled last year due to COVID-19 concerns, will be back, along with a DJ and three live bands on stage set across the event area. The Rincon and Luiseno Indians band sponsored this year’s musical acts, Waldron said.
Last year, to accommodate outdoor dining areas, Grand Avenue was closed to traffic during the event. This year, the Grand will return open for cruising, as promised in the title of the event.
The trophies will be awarded to cars in four categories, with winners selected with the help of event sponsors, Waldron said.
The return of the Cruisin ‘Grand is a perfect time to highlight improvements in downtown Escondido, said Teresa Collins, a city spokeswoman.
“We are excited to be able to show all the work that has been done down there. “We look forward to seeing our lively center with old cars on Friday night,” Collins said.
“I am just happy to be back. We believe we will have a very successful year there, it is a good family fun event, ”said Waldron.
For more information, visit the event website at www.cruisingrand.net.
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