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 may be closed for your safety and to maintain the health of our trails: 

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. View the FAQ sheet based on several community meetings for additional information. A groundbreaking event will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, forllowing the Borrego Days Parade. This project is slated for completion late 2018/early 2019 and will take place in conjunction with the build of a new library and Sheriff's station.

Boulder Oaks County Preserve: County Parks staff have been preparing a public access plan for Boulder Oaks County Preserve in Ramona, which includes a planned trail system. An open house showcasing this trail system and how it fits into the overarching public access plan was held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Ramona Library. Seventy people attended. We continue to seek grant funds, and we look forward to implementing the recreational opportunities presented, as new funds become available. Click HERE to view the PDF of the planned trail system.

El Monte County Park: Restrictions have been placed on the drinking water at Lake Morena County Park. Showers and toilets remain open, but bottled/sterile water should be used for drinking and cooking. Safety is a priority at County Parks – thank you, in advance, for obeying posted signage and planning ahead with your own water supply. Questions? Call the park at (619) 443-1474.  

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.

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.

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 2017. 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.  

San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Reserve:

  • The trail from La Orilla to Santa Helena will be closed for tree maintenance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 and Wednesday, Oct. 4. For more information, call the park at 760-634-3026.   
  • 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).
  • The San Elijo Joint Powers Authority is replacing land outfall pipeline for th elocal communities of Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and Escondido. This project will protect the environment by impriving local water infrastructure, and is slated for completion by March 2018. 

Steele Canyon County Park: We're making improvements to Steele Canyon! Construction is scheduled to start mid-November 2017 and will continue through mid-April 2018. Please obey all posted signs and avoid closed areas. Your cooperation ensures a safe park experience for all. 

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park: Some trails will be temporarily closed for routine maintenance beginning Sept. 18 and through the month of October. Please obey all signs which will be posted at authorized access points. Trails will reopen every day at 2 p.m. (once maintenance crews have left), and all day Saturday and Sunday. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to improve your trail experience. For more information, call the park at (619) 472-7572.   

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park: In December 2016, 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.     

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