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Heritage Tree Preservation Program

We’re doing what we can to protect our trees and to be forward-thinking when it comes to ways to save them. Our county-wide Heritage Tree Preservation Program was initiated to catalog existing mature trees and to establish requirements for maintaining tree diversity and density in all County Parks. More...

A Home Run Weekend at Waterfront

MLB Weekend was a busy one for Waterfront Park, which saw approximately 12,000 visitors over a three-day span. Three themed events were held at the park to celebrate America’s favorite pastime. More...

Provence House – Be our Guest!

One of our newest and most unique properties is Provence House – located in Bonita, adjacent to Rohr Park and just a couple of minutes east of the 805 freeway. Provence House is a versatile, charming addition to the County Parks portfolio. Built as a private residence in the late 1940s, the home has gone through several transformations; as a park ranger office, a history center, and as a central meeting space for local community groups. Recent updates to the property have expanded its potential for hosting special events. More...

Pull up a seat at El Monte!

When was the last time you enjoyed a little history with your sack lunch? Did you know you could do it in a County Park, at one of the region’s oldest park properties? Lakeside’s El Monte County Park tells stories of days past – with prohibition-era cement picnic tables and plaques honoring local legends. More...

Fitness Routines at Your Fingertips

The QR Code Fitness Trail combines today’s technology with a personal physical fitness program. It’s fun, interactive and simple to follow – just one more way the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is making it easy for people to live healthy, active lifestyles in San Diego County. More...

Kudos to Marketing

In July, County Parks won the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Kudos Marketing Award. This is a big win for the team, and for all of the branding efforts that have been launched over the past year. More...

Invasive Species

Invasive species are plants, fungi or animals that are not native to a specific location. They disrupt the local ecosystem, changing processes that have been in play for decades – many causing harm to the areas they invade. More...

Happy National Public Lands Day!

We encourage you to spend some time outdoors, especially this weekend… Saturday, Sept. 24 is National Public Lands Day, and we’re celebrating with kid-friendly ranger-led hikes at all five of our TRACK Trails locations! More...

County Parks Warrior Challenge

Celebrate the holiday weekend with an unforgettable hike to the top of El Capitan. County Parks is hosting a Veterans Day Warrior Hike designed to “wow” and challenge local heroes and their families. Come to hike or support your military! All ages are welcome at this free event. More...

Green Friday

On Friday, Nov. 25 – typically known as Black Friday – the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will once again be asking San Diegans to swap shopping plans with outdoor experiences. We’re celebrating the upside of outside with a series of activities in parks and preserves across San Diego on a holiday we’ve named Green Friday. More...

VIP Tours through the Ramona Grasslands

For a limited time, hikers, bikers and equestrians have special access to parts of the Ramona Grasslands County Preserve that are usually closed to the public. The Saturday morning tours, led by volunteer docents and/or park staff, last 2 hours and venture through northwest sections of the preserve via a trail called Old Survey Road. More...

Meet our Regional Industry Champions

On Wednesday, July 20, and in celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) unveiled the winners of first-ever, regional Parks and Recreation Champion Awards program. More...

A Fresh New Look for sdparks.org

Welcome to our brand new website! We’re putting the finishing touches on a couple of things, but we just couldn't wait to start sharing our improved design with you. Content has been organized by function with quick links, easy navigation, a robust park finder map. More...

Have you hiked the ACT?

One of the wildest stretches of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Preserve has been tamed – just enough for it to open to the public, offering new views and enhanced recreation opportunities. More...

Ranger Academy Graduates 51 Park Staff

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, we celebrated the graduation of 51 park staff who participated in Park Ranger Academy – a robust, 8-week program that covers programs, policies and best practices for park and recreation professionals. Participants represented parks across San Diego County. More...

22.5 Miles of Trails + a New Overlook at TRVRP

On Saturday, June 11, the County celebrated the grand opening of a newly restored 22.5 mile trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians at Tijuana River Valley Regional Park (TRVRP). More...

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