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The MSCP Turns 20!

You’re invited! The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) protects and connects the most valuable biological habitats in San Diego County, and on Saturday, Nov. 3, we’re celebrating the program’s 20-year anniversary with history tours, hikes, a bike ride, interpretive programs, animal demonstrations, games, food trucks, live music and more. 

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Big 3 at Borrego Springs

Join San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn and special guests for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration for three new amenities in Borrego Springs: A Library, Park and Sheriff's Office. The event takes place 12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

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Bike Park - Coming Soon!

We're adding a bike park to our list of park amenities at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. Designed in collaboration with the cyclist community, the park will offer a variety of trails and special features to appeal to riders of all skill levels.

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Postcards on Sale!

In honor of Earth Month, we’re selling postcards representing some of our most popular parks and preserves. Each set contains 12 custom-designed postcards featuring imagery, information and space to share your park experiences. More...

Park Updates

Every once in a while we close a park for maintenance or to add a new amenity. Below is an alphabetical list of open projects and/or park closures - please review this list or call ahead before heading out to your favorite park, and check back for updates.

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A Garden for Sweetwater

In Spring 2019, County Parks will be opening a community garden at Sweetwater Summit Regional Park. The garden will include approximately 200 reservable plots - available in two popular sizes.

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Our New Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden at San Dieguito County Park opened to the public in May 2018. Located at the Northern end of the lower park, the garden is home to an assortment of blooming plants that attract a number of butterflies, hummingbirds and bees, daily. 

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Ramona Hiking Challenge

Looking for a fun challenge to get you outside and moving? We’ve got just the one for you! Discover some of the best trails that Ramona has to offer by participating in the Ramona Hiking Challenge.

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Are you prepared?

Only 38 percent of San Diego County residents have an emergency plan, according to a recent study conducted by the Office of Emergency Services. That means more than half of our population may not be ready to deal with serious situations where communications are limited and basic services like electricity, gas, water and phones are cut off. 

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Congrats, County Champions!

In celebration of July as National Parks and Recreation Month, and in the spirit of environmental stewardship and promoting healthy active lifestyles, we hosted our annual Parks and Recreation Champion Awards banquet on July 11, 2018 at Heritage County Park. 

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Free Movies in Parks

Eleven years. That’s how long we’ve been showing free movies at parks across San Diego County – and this year is no different with more than 150 movies projecting on a large inflatable screens now through October.

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Hiking on Hot Days

Summertime is here, along with some pretty warm temperatures. If you aim to hike in one of San Diego’s inland areas, it’s important to know the risks so you can plan ahead. More...

So Easy to Hike...

County Parks launched a new trails app that makes it even easier to get information on hiking, biking and riding paths in our parks and preserves. Easy2Hike is a free app that allows users to locate and view trailheads, park maps and points of interest in Southern California and beyond. 

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100 Years of Park Memories

Whether you’re a local-history aficionado or your only familiarity with the term "parks and recreation" is from a TV sitcom, we've published a brand new book highlighting 100 years of park history! 

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Off Road with Google

You can now access 10 County parks and preserves via a new version of Google Street View that takes users off-roading, on trails, in outdoor spaces across the U.S., from the comfort of their computer screen.

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Trail Extensions Coming Soon

You may have noticed the signs along the interstate, or at trailheads in areas surrounding the San Elijo Lagoon. In conjunction with Caltrans, SANDAG, Transnet, North County Transit District, 511, California Fish and Wildlife, and the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, County Parks is gearing up for improved access along the north coast corridor. More...

Preservation, Recreation and the MSCP

On Aug. 30, County Parks and Recreation participated in workshop to discuss the status of species preservation in San Diego. Nearly 200 people attended the event at the Ocean Air Recreation Center, representing local government agencies, community groups, volunteers and residents. 

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Meet Your 2017 Champions

On Tuesday, July 18, we inducted a new list of distinguished honorees to our Park Champions hall of fame! Congratulations to our winner, Barbara Wallach, and to all four of our finalists: Sheila Alston, Patty Morton, Jennifer Palkovic and Mike Thacker. 

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Fill Your Day Pack With Fuel

Bring snacks and plenty of water when you hike any of the County’s 350+ miles of trails. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next outdoor excursion. Plan ahead for maximum enjoyment! More...

What To Eat and Drink Before and After a Hike

Give your body what it needs when you plan on hitting the trails in our parks and preserves. Here are some tips on what to eat and drink, both before a hike and after you're done. More...

12 Trails to Try in 2017

We connected with Scott Turner, outdoor enthusiast, Modern Hiker contributor and co-author for the next edition of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County (hitting shelves this March!) to get a short list of trails to try in the new year. Here are his recommendations, by month, at parks and preserves across San Diego. We hope you will join him, and the rest of the County Parks team, as we “take a hike” in 2017! More...

BYO... Boat

That’s right; we’re reopening the boat launch at Lake Morena County Park. For several years, the boat launch was closed to the public due to low water levels. Now, thanks to recent rains, the reservoir is high enough to meet boats and the end of the launch for safe entry. More...

Youth Sports, Meet Fox Sports

We’re proud to announce a new partnership between the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and Fox Sports San Diego. Dollars generated through this new partnership support things like capital improvements, park updates and other high-priority projects that benefit local recreation and preservation efforts. 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...

New Trails for Otay

On Thursday, March 14, 2017, County Parks coordinated a public workshop to gather input on a new trail plan for Otay Valley. About 70 people attended the event including local residents, business owners, partner organizations and County staff.

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