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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.

Temporary Closures

  • Waterfront Park - The North and South Fountains (pools and jets) will be closed to the public Dec. 3 to 21 for annual maintenance. 
  • The La Orilla Trailhead at San Elijo Lagoon will be closed for tree removal Tuesday, Dec. 10. 
  • The following park areas are closed due to recent rains: Effie May, Cathedral and Sherwood trails at TRVRP and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve (City-maintained trails are closed, but County trails and properties - including the adobe ranch house - are open)

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General Updates

Hours: 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. 

Showers: 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 are available at the Ranger stations. 

Rodenticides: Rodenticides are a mitigation measure. Certain rodents, namely gophers and ground squirrels, present a risk to park infrastructure and users in developed areas , such as active recreational sites, picnic areas and campgrounds. Tunnels and holes created by rodents can undermine improvements such as sidewalks, trails and pathways, and holes and mounds of dirt created as a result of tunneling activity present a tripping hazard for park users, rendering areas unsafe. The use of rodenticides by County Parks is conducted following all County, State and Federal policies, rules, regulations, laws, labels and administrative procedures. The work is performed by private trained pest control businesses/licensed applicators. Applicators seek to minimize potential exposure to other species. The treatment for gophers is applied underground in their tunnels and the treatment for squirrels uses enclosed bait stations. Both methods minimize the potential for access from other animals. County Parks does not use rodenticides in non-public use areas of parks or in open space areas.

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Park Updates and Planned Closures

Eucalyptus County Park: The upper sections of Eucalytpus Park will be closed for construction beginning July 2018. During this time, the upper entrance parking area and restrooms will be closed. Access to the upper playground and patio will also be limited. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to utilize the playground, parking area and picnic areas in the lower park, while we work to improve your park experience. Expected completion is winter 2019.

Lake Morena County Park: Due to low water levels, the boat dock at Lake Morena is closed. You may still rent a boat on site, but personal watercraft that requires a boat ramp is not being permitted at this time (kayaks, canoes and float tubes that can be carried are approved). Check back for future updates.

Lakeside River Trail: The Lakeside River Park organization is making improvements to the Lakeside River Trail. While equipment is on site, and crews are working, the trail may be limited to pedestrian traffic. Safety is a priority at County Parks - please obey all posted signs.

Lindo Lake County Park: 

  • Lindo Lake is the only natural lake in the County, and with that comes complications – things like limited well water, stormwater runoff, and prolonged drought. Two water quality control measures have already been implemented to filter run-off that enters the lake from the west and south sides: One is a bio-swale and underground sediment retention basin and the other is a modular wetland system that filters the water before it enters the lake. We are also being proactive by spraying a non-toxic solution on the water in the west basin that is designed to alleviate odors associated with naturally decomposing vegetation. If you see a ranger in a boat, that is likely what they’re working on. These efforts are part of a long-term restoration project at Lindo Lake. Over the next few years, we will be dredging the east and west basin, adding water, installing a temporary then permanent aeration system and water movement system, and completing additional run-off control measures. These changes will increase water depth, curb algae growth, and improve the health and safety of the lake and its inhabitants.
  • Toxins from algae are present in the water of Lindo Lake. Per County Ordinance 41.132, swimming, bathing and boating are prohibited. For your safety, and for the safety of your pets, please do not let pets go into or drink the water, eat fish from the water, or use water for drinking or cooking. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information, call 858-966-1330.

San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Reserve: The I-5 East Trail and Pole Road Trail will be closed during a multi-year, phased construction project. While the project is taking place, Annie’s Canyon Trail is open but will only be accessible via the Rios and Holmwood trailheads (Solana Hills, Canyon and East Basin are closed). For more information, call the park at 760-634-3026.   

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch: Improving the County’s 350+ mile trail system is a priority for the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, and efforts to expand trail access are balanced by efforts to preserve sensitive habitats and culturally significant areas. Over the years, a number of unauthorized trails have appeared in Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch County Preserve. These trails negatively affect these areas and can cause harm to plants, animals and other resources. You may notice signs and other barricades blocking access to these unauthorized trails. Please stay on trail and only in authorized areas as we work to protect this urban oasis.

Vallecito County Park: The water system at Vallecito County Park is currently under restrictions. All water-related facilities (sinks, showers, toilets, etc.) are functioning, however, you should not drink the water unless it is boiled. We recommend bringing your own drinking water. Staff are working on the issue. For more information, call the park at 760-765-1188.  

Whitaker Estate: Property repairs are scheduled to take place on and near the Whitaker estate November 2018 through January 2019. During this time, roads may be temporarily closed for resurfacing, tree-trimming and other maintenance projects. Trails may also be affected. Please obey all posted signs as we work to improve your park experience. For more information, contact Region Manager Johanna Salomon at 858-966-1330.

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