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Park Development Plans


Developing parks, preserves and recreation facilities creates healthy communities, protects valuable natural and cultural resources, provides recreation opportunities, reduces crime and vandalism, increases efficiency and sustainability, and fosters responsible economic development. Read more in our Healthy Edge Active Living Park Design Guidelines.

Interested in projects that are out to bid? Please refer to the County BuyNet Site

Long-range Planning Documents:

Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan
Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan
Otay Valley Regional Park Trail Guidelines
Otay Valley Regional Park Design Standards & Guidelines 
Otay Valley Regional Park Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines
San Luis Rey River Park Master Plan
Santa Maria Creek Greenway
Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails & Habitat Enhancement Project
Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Public Use & Economic Feasibility Study

Alpine County Park - Skatepark and Bike Park

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, we held two public meetings to discuss the design concepts of an all-wheel park in Alpine. Click in to view the skatepark and bike park meetings. Please take our survey to provide your feedback on the potential design directions for the all-wheel parks, open through Oct. 7. Click here to view park concept designs. Stay tuned for a second public meeting to review the feedback we've received.

For more information, contact Park Project Manager Judy Tjiong-Pietrzak at 858-966-1340 or Judy.Tjiong-Pietrzak@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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Borrego Springs Shadeway

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is in preliminary planning stages to design and install a shadeway connecting Christmas Circle to Borrego Springs Park along Sunset Road. DPR staff will be reaching out to the Borrego Springs community this fall and winter through a series of virtual events and online surveys to engage residents in the design process.

DPR is partnering with the Department of Public Works during the design and construction of the project because DPW is simultaneously working on a sidewalk project along Sunset Road.

If you’re a resident of Borrego Springs please join us for our first public meeting on October 22 from 5 - 6 p.m. via Zoom. We’ll introduce the project and ask for your thoughts about the materials, colors, and general appearance of the shade structures.

If you can’t make it on the 22, you can still participate online by viewing this pre-recorded presentation (to be posted on October 22) and filling out the brief survey found within the presentation by November 5. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!

For more information about the project please contact Park Project Manager Stephanie Kopplin at (858) 966-1344 or Stephanie.Kopplin@sdcounty.ca.gov

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El Departamento de Parques y Recreación (DPR) está iniciando el proceso de planificación para diseñar y construir una serie de estructuras para proporcionar sombra desde Christmas Circle hacia Borrego Springs Park a lo largo de Sunset Road. Representantes de DPR se comunicarán con la comunidad de Borrego Springs este otoño e invierno mediante una serie de eventos virtuales y encuestas en línea para envolver a la comunidad en el proceso de diseño.

DPR está colaborando con el Departamento de Obras Públicas (DPW) en el diseño y la construcción del proyecto porque DPW también está desarrollando un proyecto de acero a lo largo de Sunset Road.

Si usted reside en Borrego Springs, por favor sintonice el 22 de octubre entre 5 - 6 p.m. para nuestra primera reunión pública en Zoom: sdparks.org/publicmeetings. Introduciremos el proyecto y solicitaremos sus opiniones sobre los materiales, colores, y apariencia de las estructuras.

Si no puede asistir el 22, también puede participar en línea al ver esta presentación pregrabada (disponible después del 22) y completar la corta encuesta que se encuentra en ella antes del 5 de noviembre. ¡Les agradecemos de antemano sus respuestas!

Para más información sobre el proyecto por favor comuníquese con la gerente del proyecto, Stephanie Kopplin al tel. (858) 966.1344 o Stephanie.Kopplin@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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Calavo County Park - All-Wheels Park

On Thursday, Sept. 10, we shared some initial design ideas for an all-wheel park at Spring Valley’s newest recreation destination, Calavo County Park. Here’s the link to the video recording. The survey, to gather feedback on preferred attractions via four potential designs is open now and will be live through Sept. 18. Click here to view four park concept designs. Stay tuned for a second public meeting to talk through final designs based on that feedback. 

For more information, contact Park Project Manager Judy Tjiong-Pietrzak at 858-966-1340 or Judy.Tjiong-Pietrzak@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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Don Dussault County Park 

We continue to improve Don Dussault County Park, with construction phases 2 and 3 launching Fall 2020 and ending in Spring 2021. The project includes adding a new playground structure, fitness equipment and picnic amenities. Click here to view the park concept plan. The park will be closed intermittently during the construction period. Please obey posted signage. For project details, contact Park Project Manager Jen Spencer at jen.spencer@sandiegocounty.ca.gov or call the Live Oak Park office (760) 728-2303.

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Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan

This document is intended to be a guide for future trail development along the upper San Diego River in the community of Lakeside. To request a copy of this plan or ask any questions, contact Senior Park Project Manager Marcus Lubich at 858-966-1348.

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Lincoln Acres Park Expansion 

DPR recently acquired a parcel of land adjacent to the existing Lincoln Acres County Park to expand recreational opportunities for the Lincoln Acres community.

The expansion project will be designed with the community through a series of workshops, from Spring 2019 to Spring 2020. The final concept plan was finalized based on community feedback from an online presentation and survey in June 2020. Construction is expected to begin Summer 2020. 

For more information, contact Park Project Manager Emily Hubbard at 858-966-1380 or Emily.Hubbard@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan (Revised)

The Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan is the result of a multi-jurisdictional planning effort in the Otay River Valley by the County of San Diego and the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego. In 1990, the jurisdictions entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) for coordinated planning, acquisition, and design for OVRP. The original Concept Plan was adopted in 1997, revised in 2001 and revised again in 2016. In 2016, the Concept Plan was reviewed and updated for changes in existing conditions and potential Regional Park Enhancements.

Click HERE to view the pdf version of the revised 2016 Otay Valley Regional Park Concept Plan. 

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Otay Valley Regional Park Trail Guidelines

The OVRP Trail Guidelines establishes guidelines for development of a multi-use trail system from the San Diego Bay, along the Otay River and around the perimeter of Otay Lake Reservoirs.  This document sets criteria for alignment of future trail systems on both sides of the Otay River. This document also contains guidelines to aide in selection of the trail route and implementation of the trail system.

Click HERE to view the pdf version of the 2003 Otay Valley Regional Park Trail Guidelines.

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Otay Valley Regional Park Design Standards & Guidelines

The purpose of the OVRP Park Design Standards & Guidelines is to establish design standards for publicly owned facilities within OVRP, and to provide guiding principles for adjacent private development that interfaces with the park. In addition, it expands upon materials and planning concepts presented in the OVRP Trail Guidelines document from 2003 and the 2001 version of the OVRP Concept Plan.

Click HERE to view the pdf version of the 2005 Otay Valley Regional Park Design Standards & Guidelines.

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Otay Valley Regional Park Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines

The County of San Diego in coordination with the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego have prepared the Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines (Plan). The goals of the Plan are to 1) remove populations of non-native vegetation and 2) to manage and minimize the expansion of non-native species with in the Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP). The OVRP is an 11-mile long Park of over 8,500 acres, located in southern San Diego County. The Park extends from the southeastern end of the salt ponds at the mouth of the Otay River, through the Otay River Valley to the land surrounding both the Upper and Lower Otay Reservoirs. Since the OVRP is located in the jurisdiction of the County of San Diego, the City of San Diego, and the City of Chula Vista, those jurisdictions have entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) to plan and manage the OVRP.

Click HERE to view a pdf version of the 2006 Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Garden. 

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San Luis Rey River Park Master Plan Implementation

The County of San Diego has embarked on an ambitious project to develop a regional park along the San Luis Rey River. The proposed 1700-acre park would be approximately nine miles in length, parallel to State Route 76, and would begin in Oceanside in the western-most portion and end in an area near Interstate 15 in the eastern-most portion. As envisioned, the river park would provide a combination of active and passive recreational opportunities along with approximately 20 miles of trails to park goers while preserving the San Luis Rey River corridor and surrounding land within the park. For further information contact Nina Pisano, Park Project Manager, by phone at 858-966-1353 or by e-mail at nina.pisano@sdcounty.ca.gov.

To view pdf versions of the Master Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), please view: Master Plan Document. Review the most recent Quarterly Update on this project.

For further information contact Park Project Manager Nina Pisano at nina.pisano@sdcounty.ca.gov.

View updates for Bonsall Community Park and Rio Prado Park.

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Santa Maria Creek Greenway

Volunteers in the community of Ramona, in conjunction with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, have embarked on a project to talk to property owners in the Santa Maria Creek Corridor about granting trail easements for a 3-mile Greenway Trail. The proposed multi-use trail system for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, would take advantage of an existing staging area off Montecito Road, and would link up with Wellfield Park, Ramona Grasslands County Preserve, and the downtown business district – enhancing regional connectivity and supporting safety and regular upkeep via County and volunteer patrols. The Greenway Trail project is the latest in a long line of efforts to enhance recreation opportunities while protecting land and local wildlife in the unincorporated community of Ramona.  View the brochure.

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A committee, made of local residents, is working to secure property easements along the creek, to turn this vision into reality. Interested land owners should contact John Degenfelder, Project Visionary and Volunteer Coordinator, at 760-789-1716, or Meg Diss, County Trails Program Coordinator, at 858-966-1372. Once enough parcels have been secured, the County will complete environmental studies, review the corridor alignment, and prepare a map and action plan for trail development.  

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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails and Habitat Enhancement Project

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails and Habitat Enhancement Project was certified by the Board of Supervisors on December 13, 2006. The certification of the EIR allows the department to implement portions of the project now while pursuing funding to implement larger aspects of the project. The main component of the project is the formal trail network. This trail network will consist of 22.5 miles of both multi-use and equestrian/pedestrian trails with amenities such as bird observation blinds, interpretive signage, and trailheads. Also included in the overall project is the restoration of approximately 60 acres of wetland, riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats west of the Dairy Mart Ponds, situated south of the I-5/Dairy Mart Road interchange.

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Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Public Use and Economic Feasibility Study

The Department of Parks and Recreation, Resource Management Division recently completed the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Public Use and Economic Feasibility Study, which analyzed the feasibility of additional recreational opportunities within the park including camping locations and regional trail connections. An open house showcasing the results of the study was held Wednesday December 14th from 6-8pm at the TRVRP Ranger Station, and was attended by nearly 100 individuals. The study was funded in part by the State Coastal Conservancy and DPR General Fund. Elements from the study will be implemented as funding becomes available. DPR continues to seek grant funds, and is excited to implement the recreational opportunities presented in the study in the future.

To view the pdf version of the final TRVRP Public Use and Economic Feasibility Study, please view: TRVRP Feasibility Study.

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Waterfront Active Recreation

The San Diego County Board of supervisors directed DPR to assess active recreation opportunities for the northeast corner of Waterfront Park and surrounding areas. Currently, this 1.5-acre acre area at the corner of Pacific Highway and Grape street features a decorative plant garden with meandering paths and an art sculpture. The scope of this effort is to host a series of public meetings to discuss the potential need for active recreation. DPR hosted its first public meeting to gauge public preferences for this area on Jan. 29, 2020. The second public meeting will take place Oct. 19, 2020. . If you are unable to attend, you can view a pre-recorded presentation found within the online survey below. The survey will be open from October 19 until November 5.

This is a feasibility study, and our study will not definitively result in a change to Waterfront Park. Discussions with the public will drive next steps. We will also be looking at underutilized spaces near this area in downtown San Diego that could support active recreation opportunities. 

Online Survey

NE Waterfront Concept A

NE Waterfront Concept B

Harbor Drive Concept A 

Harbor Drive Concept B

For more information, please contact Senior Park Project Manager Nina Pisano at Nina.Pisano@sdcounty.ca.gov or 858-966-1353.

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