Waterfront Park


County Administration Center Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Park Phone: (619) 232-PARK (7275)

Waterfront Park Hours:
Park Hours: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., daily
Park Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily

North and South Fountain Jet Hours:
11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily

North and South Fountain Reflecting Pool Hours:
10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily

Extended summer hours (July & August Only) for Fountains and Reflecting Pool are as follows:

 Monday    Reflecting Pool - 10:30 am to 9:00 pm

                Jets                  11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Tuesday     Reflecting Pool -  8:30 am to 9:00 pm

   thru        Jets                   9:00 am to 9:00 pm


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Please be advised the County of San Diego Waterfront Park is a smoke and alcohol free park. Alcohol is only allowed when appropriate permits are obtained.

Since 1938, the County Administration Center has stood on the San Diego Bay welcoming residents and visitors alike, symbolizing the highest aspirations and ideals of public service. The newly constructed Waterfront Park is the most significant waterfront open space in downtown San Diego and fulfills a vision decades in the making, positioning it as a quintessential destination for residents and visitors alike.

The existing historic landscape and landmark County building form the park’s center, while an interactive fountain extends from the building and into the park defining a large civic green. The park also features intimate garden rooms with distinct themes, a children's play zone, and several picnic areas. 

Waterfront Park’s diverse spaces can accommodate public and private special events of various sizes, festivals, farmers markets, and active and passive family recreation.


Waterfront Park Reservable Areas

Civic Greens The Civic Greens provide open, multi-use activity platforms for events, festivals, and everyday use. The expansive space is an ideal setting for a wedding, family reunion, or corporate picnic.
Themed Gardens Garden Rooms emphasize diverse botanical collections, flowering plants, meandering paths, seating areas and a small central plaza. The gardens can be venues for weddings, holiday celebrations, performances, and other passive activities.
Plazas and Terraces The broad plazas link the park to  elevated terraces which run the length of the site. These locations can host a variety of events or gatherings with a beautiful view.
Picnic Area Picnic areas can be reserved near or in the Children’s Play Area. The picturesque backdrop offers a nature themed setting that guests are sure to enjoy for birthday parties and other special gatherings.
Promenade The Promenade and Civic Fountain serve as the spine of the Park;  straddling the Civic Green and charming Garden Rooms, while offering wonderful views. The Promenade is well-suited for vendor booths, passive activities, and observation.


Waterfront Park Green Space
Waterfront Park Northwest Side
Waterfront Park Fountains Dusk
Waterfront Park Fountains
Waterfront Park Theme Garden
Waterfront Park Playground
Waterfront Park Night Shot

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Some images provided by Stephen Whalen