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Developing parks, preserves and recreation facilities creates healthy communities, protects valuable natural and cultural resources, provides recreation opportunities, reduces crime and vandalism, increases efficiency and sustainability, and foster responsible economic development. Read more in our  Healthy Edge Active Living Park Design Guidelines.

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Long-range Planning Documents:

Borrego Springs Park
Boulder Oaks County Preserve (map only)
Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan
Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan
Otay Valley Regional Park Trail Guidelines
Otay Valley Regional Park Design Standards & Guidelines 
Otay Valley Regional Park Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines
San Luis Rey River Park Master Plan
Santa Ysabel Nature Center
Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails & Habitat Enhancement Project
Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Public Use & Economic Feasibility Study
Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground

Borrego Springs Park  
Borrego Springs is about to get a brand-new, $2 million county park, to be built on the 16 acre parcel at the corner of Country Club and Sunset Roads, across from the post office. County Department of Parks and Recreation officials are delighted to see this park finally coming to Borrego Springs. For many years, various local groups struggled to make the park a reality. The land was purchased with the idea of creating a park under the County’s Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO), which collects fees from developers for parks. After 13 years, only $250,000 in these fees had accumulated – not enough to realize the vision for the park from 2001. In addition, the PLDO requires a local “maintenance entity” to be responsible for ongoing care of the park – no one in Borrego was able to step up and bear that cost or responsibility. All that changed when the County prioritized funding for a new county library and park in Borrego Springs. The Board of Supervisors will approve the County’s annual budget in June when $2 million is expected to be approved for a Borrego Springs park. County Parks and Recreation have worked to meet the maintenance entity requirement in innovative ways: the park will include room for an on-site volunteer and Parks and Recreation is looking to partner with other departments and agencies to help meet the site’s needs.

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Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan
This document is intended to be a guide for future trail development along the upper San Diego River in the community of Lakeside. To request a copy of this plan or ask any questions, please contact Bill Saumier, Sr. Park Project Manager for Parks and Recreation at 858-966-1344.

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Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan (Revised)
The Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan is the result of a multi-jurisdictional planning effort in the Otay River Valley by the County of San Diego and the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego. In 1990, the jurisdictions entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) for coordinated planning, acquisition, and design for OVRP. The original Concept Plan was adopted in 1997, revised in 2001 and revised again in 2016. In 2016, the Concept Plan was reviewed and updated for changes in existing conditions and potential Regional Park Enhancements.

Click HERE to view the pdf version of the revised 2016 Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan. 

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Otay Valley Regional Park Trail Guidelines
The OVRP Trail Guidelines establishes guidelines for development of a multi-use trail system from the San Diego Bay, along the Otay River and around the perimeter of Otay Lake Reservoirs.  This document sets criteria for alignment of future trail systems on both sides of the Otay River. This document also contains guidelines to aide in selection of the trail route and implementation of the trail system.

Click  HERE to view the pdf version of the 2003 Otay Valley Regional Park Trail Guidelines.

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Otay Valley Regional Park Design Standards & Guidelines
The purpose of the OVRP Park Design Standards & Guidelines is to establish design standards for publicly owned facilities within OVRP, and to provide guiding principles for adjacent private development that interfaces with the park. In addition, it expands upon materials and planning concepts presented in the OVRP Trail Guidelines document from 2003 and the 2001 version of the OVRP Concept Plan.

Click HERE to view the pdf version of the 2005 Otay Valley Regional Park Design Standards & Guidelines.

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Otay Valley Regional Park Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines
The County of San Diego in coordination with the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego have prepared the Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines (Plan). The goals of the Plan are to 1) remove populations of non-native vegetation and 2) to manage and minimize the expansion of non-native species with in the Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP). The OVRP is an 11-mile long Park of over 8,500 acres, located in southern San Diego County. The Park extends from the southeastern end of the salt ponds at the mouth of the Otay River, through the Otay River Valley to the land surrounding both the Upper and Lower Otay Reservoirs. Since the OVRP is located in the jurisdiction of the County of San Diego, the City of San Diego, and the City of Chula Vista, those jurisdictions have entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) to plan and manage the OVRP.

Click HERE to view a pdf version of the 2006 Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Garden. 

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San Luis Rey River Park Master Plan Implementation
The County of San Diego has embarked on an ambitious project to develop a regional park along the San Luis Rey River. The proposed 1700-acre park would be approximately nine miles in length, parallel to State Route 76, and would begin in Oceanside in the western-most portion and end in an area near Interstate 15 in the eastern-most portion. As envisioned, the river park would provide a combination of active and passive recreational opportunities along with approximately 20 miles of trails to park goers while preserving the San Luis Rey River corridor and surrounding land within the park. For further information contact Amanda Parra, Park Project Manager, by phone at 858-966-1353 or by e-mail at amanda.parra@sdcounty.ca.gov.

To view pdf versions of the Master Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), please view: Master Plan Document. Review the most recent Quarterly Update on this project.

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Santa Ysabel Nature Center
Opening fall 2019, the Santa Ysabel Nature Center will be the first of its kind in San Diego’s rural backcountry, with educational exhibits and information about the land, its inhabitants, rich history and nearby recreation opportunities. Currently under construction, the nature center will be a 6,000-square foot LEED Gold and Zero Net Energy Facility. View renderings of the property and lobby. For more information, contact David Norgard at 858-966-1320 or by email at david.norgard@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails and Habitat Enhancement Project
The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails and Habitat Enhancement Project was certified by the Board of Supervisors on December 13, 2006. The certification of the EIR allows the department to implement portions of the project now while pursuing funding to implement larger aspects of the project. The main component of the project is the formal trail network. This trail network will consist of 22.5 miles of both multi-use and equestrian/pedestrian trails with amenities such as bird observation blinds, interpretive signage, and trailheads. Also included in the overall project is the restoration of approximately 60 acres of wetland, riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats west of the Dairy Mart Ponds, situated south of the I-5/Dairy Mart Road interchange.

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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Public Use and Economic Feasibility Study
The Department of Parks and Recreation, Resource Management Division recently completed the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Public Use and Economic Feasibility Study, which analyzed the feasibility of additional recreational opportunities within the park including camping locations and regional trail connections. An open house showcasing the results of the study was held Wednesday December 14th from 6-8pm at the TRVRP Ranger Station, and was attended by nearly 100 individuals. The study was funded in part by the State Coastal Conservancy and DPR General Fund. Elements from the study will be implemented as funding becomes available. DPR continues to seek grant funds, and is excited to implement the recreational opportunities presented in the study in the future.

To view the pdf version of the final TRVRP Public Use and Economic Feasibility Study, please view: TRVRP Feasibility Study

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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground 
We are excited to bring a new campground to the Tijuana River Valley. Set below Spooner’s Mesa – roughly a mile south of the Tijuana River and east of the Pacific Ocean – this unique 79-acre space will bring dozens of RV, tent, yurt and equestrian campsites to the park, along with an amphitheater, nature play and a volunteer pad for 24-hour maintenance and support. The campground is slated to open spring 2020. The County is also leading a Tijuana River study to identify short-, mid- and long-term solutions to public safety concerns associated with the Tijuana River. This effort will identify projects that can be implemented on the US side of the Tijuana River Valley Watershed to address cross border flows. The study will be completed by March 2020. If you are interested in learning more about this study or would like to be notified of public meetings, please contact Deborah Mosley at 858-966-1374 or by email at deborah.mosley@sdcounty.ca.gov. You may also view the FAQs

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