Park Notices and Closures

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. We apologize for any inconvenience!

The following parks and preserves are closed for your safety and to maintain the health of our trails: 

VIDEO: Hiking on Hot Days with Ranger Hector

ARTICLE: Hiking on Hot Days (links to resources)

All County Day-Use and Regional Parks: County Parks are open year-round, however, per policy C-7, parking lot gates, park offices and restrooms will be closed on Dec. 25. All sites remain open to foot, horse and bike traffic. In addition, campgrounds remain open and will be in full operation with available parking, restrooms and staffed park offices on Dec. 25. 

All County Campgrounds: In conjunction with the County’s water-conservation measures, coin-operated shower fixtures have been installed at the following campgrounds: Agua Caliente, Vallecito, Dos Picos, William Heise, Guajome Regional, Sweetwater Summit, Potrero and Lake Morena. Fixtures take quarters and cost 50 cents for 4 minutes of shower time. Quarters will be available at the Ranger stations. 

Borrego Springs: The community of Borrego Springs will soon have a new, 16-acre park. Two meetings have been held with local residents to identify preferred amenities and to share background on the parks planning process. Please view the FAQ sheet for additional information.

Boulder Oaks Community Meeting: In July, 2016, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) hosted a public meeting in Ramona to discuss plans for a new preserve called Boulder Oaks. Key points of discussion included: Traffic/Parking (21% of comments), Maintenance/Operations (15%), Fire/Emergency Evacuation (14%), Crime/Safety/Trespassing (9%), Neighborhood Impacts (8%), Recreation/Trails (8%), Environmental Review (8%), General/Uncategorized (8%), Resource Impacts (6%), Community Involvement in Planning (3%) and Amenities (<1%) – totals may not total 100% due to rounding. DPR will soon commence work on a Public Access Plan, a Vegetation Management Plan and a Resource Management Plan. Efforts to preserve the local habitat are being balanced by efforts to improve user access with safe routes to nature, and to provide new opportunities for park education and ambassadorship. A second community meeting is slated to take place in 2017. 

El Capitan County Preserve: Trail maintenance is being conducted on the main El Capitan Trail. The trail remains open. Please be aware of machinery while we work to improve your trail experience.

Guajome Regional Park: The Guajome Regional Park campground improvements project is set to take place Fall 2017 to Spring 2018. The project will be conducted in two phases; Phase I will close campsites 13-35 from Oct. 2, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018. Phase II will close campsites 1-12 from Jan. 15, 2018 to March 31, 2018.

Heise County Park: Campground construction is slated to take place May 31 to Sept. 15, 2017. Campsites will be impacted. Sites 1 - 20 will be closed May 31 - July 24, and sites 22 - 40 will be closed July 25 - Sept. 15. Those with existing reservations are being notified. We apologize for the inconvenience.  

Heritage Park: Get info on the Juan Street Improvements Project, coordinated by the City of San Diego, at or contact the City of San Diego at (619) 533-4207 or at

Hilton Head County Park: The ball field at Hilton Head County Park
will be closed beginning July 5 for the installation of a new synthetic turf athletic field. The west side of the park, which includes the parking lot, restrooms, pavilions, playgrounds and basketball courts, will remain open during this time. Expected completion is winter 2018. For more information, call 858-565-3600.

Lake Morena County Park: Heightened water in the lake has led to the re-opening of the boat ramp at Lake Morena. Beginning Saturday, April 1, personal watercraft, fishing float tubes, canoes and kayaks will be allowed in the lake. Motorized boats are also available for rent. Swimming and direct body-water contact are prohibited. Call the Lake Morena Park office for further information at (619) 579-4101.

Lakeside Community Center: We'll be tenting the facility Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, reopening Aug. 16. Thanks for your patience while we follow standard procedure to keep older facilities free from critters! 

Live Oak Park: To better serve residents of the Fallbrook community, the leash-free area at Live Oak County Park will now be open on Tuesdays. New hours are 8 a.m. to sunset, Thursday through Tuesday. Learn more by calling (760) 728-2303.    

Los Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve and Adobe: A long-term road construction project launched in August at 12020 Black Mountain Road (between the staging area entrance and Canyonside Park Drive to the adobe). While the park and adobe remain open during construction, this may cause delays and traffic may be restricted to one lane. This project is scheduled for completion in December. For more information, call (858) 484-7504.

Old Ironsides County Park: County Parks is updating the play equipment on the northwest corner of the park with a new play element, an outdoor fitness station, and an upgraded parking lot. While the work is taking place, access to the parking lot and play area will be limited. Construction is slated for completion mid-2017.  

Otay Lakes County Park: No closures here; this park remains open and ready for business - and was recently featured in Southern California Homes Magazine! Read the article here.

Otay Valley Trail System: On Thursday, March 14, 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. View the article.

Rainbow County Park: The Rainbow County Park sport turf project will take place mid-April through early July 2017. During this time the park will closed, temporarily, while machinery is in use. For more information, call the Live Oak County Park office at (760) 728-2303.

San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Reserve: The I-5 East Trail and Pole Road Trail will be closed during a construction project that begins Jan. 17, 2017. While the project is taking place, Annie’s Canyon Trail will only be accessible via the Rios and Holmwood trailheads (Solana Hills, Canyon and East Basin are closed).

San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Reserve: Portions of Annie's Canyon Trail will be closed, temporarily, Monday through Friday, Aug. 9 to Sept. 1. The trail will remain open on weekends during this quick maintenance phase. For more information, call the park at (760) 634-3026.

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park: On Wednesday, Dec. 14, County Parks hosted a public meeting at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park ranger station. The purpose was to discuss the results of a feasibility that could bring new amenities to the valley, pending available funding, including campgrounds, a community garden extension, enhanced multi-use trails, a bike park and new equestrian areas, among other ideas. Projects will be discussed in further detail once funding sources have been identified and secured. Here is a recap of key points. For more information, contact Melanie Tylke.     

Waterfront Park: The playground at Waterfront Park will be closed for maintenance Sept. 11 through Sept. 22, reopening on the 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact the park office. Thanks for your patience while we work to improve your park experience.

Waterfront Park: Beginning Saturday, May 27, the fountains will move to summer hours; on Mondays, the jets will be on at 11 a.m. and Tuesdays through Sundays, jets will be on at 9:30 a.m. Systems will be shut off at 9 p.m., every day. This change will be in effect until Labor Day weekend. 

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