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A Winning Way to Tour Trails

06/30/20

In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, we’re excited to launch our first-ever Tour Our Trails Challenge. Comprised of 15 hikes, this progressive hiking challenge starts with five easy hikes, followed by five moderate hikes and five that are considered tough.

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Creating a Safe Digital Space with SD Nights

07/06/20

Since 2017, SD Nights has provided a safe environment for teens to recreate during critical hours. Short for Safe Destination Nights, the program was designed to equip teens with essential life skills through various activities, while simultaneously empowering them to make a difference in their communities.

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Park Updates

Sometimes we close parks because of rain, to complete maintenance projects or to add a new amenity. Scroll down to see what's open and to view other helpful information.

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Safety is Our Priority

The County is working to protect the public's health in the face of COVID-19 by taking actions to help slow the spread of the virus. Parks and preserves remain open, though some on-site amenities have been closed for your protection.

View a Comprehensive List of Parks showing what's open and closed. 

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A New Local Park in Fallbrook

05/18/20

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recently acquired a 6.8-acre site on East Fallbrook Street, between Golden Road and Morro Road, to provide new active recreation opportunities for residents of all ages, interests and abilities.

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Live Oak Turns 100

07/15/20

This Friday, Live Oak County Park turns 100! To celebrate this milestone, we’re waiving day-use parking fees at the park for the entire weekend – Friday through Sunday, July 17 to 19, 2020.

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Annual August County Park Closures

07/29/20

Six San Diego County parks will be closed in August, a safety measure taken each year because of the month’s typically high temperatures. El Capitan Preserve near Lakeside, Hellhole Canyon Preserve in Valley Center, Mt. Gower Preserve near Ramona and Wilderness Gardens in Pala will be closed Aug. 1 through Aug. 31. In addition, Agua Caliente Regional Park in Anza Borrego and Vallecito County Park near Julian are closed all summer; they reopen Labor Day weekend.

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Now Presenting: Summer Movies… at Home!

07/02/20

After a decade of celebrating the summertime with film screenings at hundreds of park locales, our program was put to a halt due to COVID-19 measures. While we plan on welcoming our guests back in 2021, we have revamped our program this season so that movie-goers like you can attend our events virtually from the comfort of your own home.

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Enroll in Summer Camps

06/11/20

Children day-camps are back, just in time for summer! Fallbrook and Spring Valley Community Centers are offering four weekly programs, providing kids with the opportunity to socialize, play and build self-confidence. Each week focuses on a different topic, such as sports, science, arts and crafts, and more. Advanced registration is required.

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Campgrounds are Open

06/10/20

Public Health Officials have relaxed restrictions on County campgrounds. Beginning Friday, June 12, nearly all our campsites that were previously closed due to COVID-19 will now be open – including cabins.

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Set Your Scene with Park Backgrounds

05/01/20

Communication has changed in the wake of COVID-19. Activities and events that were once face-to-face are now virtual, via video conferencing technology, Facebook Live and other online channels.

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Summer Movies Reinvented in 2020

05/29/20

After more than a decade of free, family-friendly movies in parks after dark, our Summer Movies in the Park program will take a brief break. This is a temporary measure due to COVID-19, and one that will allow us to brainstorm ideas to make the 2021 season bigger and better than ever!       

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Earth Week 2020

04/17/20

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Join us the week of April 22 as we pay tribute to decades of projects that promote sustainability, smart growth and the protection of our land and local wildlife.

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Time for Trivia!

03/29/20

How well do you know your San Diego County parks and preserves? Find out when you participate in our first-ever shelter-in-place trivia competition!

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MSCP: What to Watch for in 2020

02/05/20

We’re poised to welcome big wins in resource conservation, with audacious goals and a regional vision that envelopes hundreds of native plant, tree and animal species. 

Now in its 23rd year, the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) works across political boundaries – providing a partner list and action plan for County-wide conservation efforts.   

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Work of a County Conservationist

02/25/20

San Diego is a biodiversity hotspot. In fact, 85 species are covered under the South County Subarea Plan of the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). The North County Plan is drafted, and the East County Plan is proposed – but each will list their own set of species and habitats that DPR can, and should, protect.

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San Dieguito's Inclusive Play Space

02/19/20

Outdoor play is essential to children’s physical, social and cognitive development. Unfortunately, not all play areas are created equal, and multi-structural playgrounds can be a challenge for children struggling with mobility issues.

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The Bike Park is Open

01/04/20

On Saturday, Jan. 4, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation with County Supervisor Greg Cox opened the region's first bike skills park: Sweetwater Bike Park in Bonita.

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Explore Our New Nature Center

12/17/19

On Saturday, Dec. 14, County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation opened a new Nature Center in Santa Ysabel

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Welcome, Women in the Wild

08/19/19

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recently launched a new program: Women in the Wild.

This unique approach to programming is in direct response to industry research, which shows women are interested – and see value – in outdoor experiences, but various barriers stand in their way of enjoying nature as often as men. DPR aims to reverse that trend.    

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Less Screen Time; More Green Time

Today, kids are spending more time looking at screens and less time looking up, exploring the great outdoors. Studies have shown that kids spend an average of 7.65 hours per day “plugged in” – and only 7 minutes per day in unstructured outdoor play. Over time, these habits can take a toll on children’s mental and physical health, leading to problems like emotional distress, anxiety – even obesity. 

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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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8 Holiday Dates

December is here, and County Parks and Recreation has eight events that are sure to spark some holiday spirit. Festivities kick off with a traditional tree lighting ceremony in Fallbrook, followed by plenty of meet-and-greets with Santa Claus across the County. 

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Themed Movie Nights in Parks

Presented by Rose SD Realty, Summer Movies in the Park is the largest free, outdoor movie series in San Diego – and this year is no exception. The 2019 season is jam-packed with action and adventure, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror and romance!

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Secret Picnic Spots in County Parks

Celebrate International Picnic Day with a nice meal in the great outdoors! Here are a few secret picnic spots across San Diego County, as recommended by our very own park rangers. 

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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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Say 'Hello' to Your 2019 Parks and Recreation Champions

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Parks and Recreation Champion Awards! Six honorees received accolades at the fourth annual event, which took place Thursday, July 11 at Heritage County Park.

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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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Safe Destinations for Teens

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” That’s the ideology behind a new program managed by County Parks in conjunction with other cities across San Diego. 
SD Nights – short for Safe Destination Nights – provide safe places where teens can recreate during critical hours. 

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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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WFP Celebrates 5 Years

04/22/19

Please join us for a very special celebration as we commemorate 5 years of service to the San Diego Community! Waterfront Park’s 5-year anniversary celebration is slated to take place from 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

 

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Ramona Trail Challenge

03/01/19

We’re proud to partner with the Ramona Chamber of Commerce to help host the 2019 Ramona Hiking Challenge. Six unique trails make up a diverse set of hiking destinations, from Mt. Gower County Preserve to Santa Ysabel West County Preserve.  

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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...

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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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...

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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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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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

05/15/20

The County is working to protect the public's health in the face of COVID-19 by taking actions to help slow the spread of the virus. Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions with answers. 

Check back regularly as guidelines change, based on the dynamic nature of this situation.

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