Waterfront Park

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County Administration Center Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number & Reservations: (619) 232-PARK (7275)

Special Notice: Effective October 31, 2014, the north fountain at the Waterfront Park will be out of operation for approximately two weeks for maintenance.  The fountain is expected to be back in operation on November 15.  During this time the park will remain open, with full access to the park’s lawns, gardens, picnic areas and playground. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

  
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Waterfront Park Hours

  • Park Hours: 6 am – 10 pm
  • Park Office Hours: 10 am – 6 pm

North and South Fountain Jet Hours:

  • Monday - 12 pm - 10 pm (Excluding Holidays)
  • Tuesday - Sunday, & Holidays - 10 am - 10 pm
    Note: Jet operation will begin at 12 pm on any Tuesday following a Monday holiday

North and South Fountain Reflecting Pool Hours:

  • Monday - 12 pm - 10 pm (Excluding Holidays)
  • Tuesday - Sunday, & Holidays - 8 am - 10 pm
    Note: Pool operation will begin at 12 pm on any Tuesday following a Monday holiday

For up to date park closures please visit our News Page

Please be advised the County of San Diego Waterfront Park is a smoke and alcohol free park. Alcohol is 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 slating it as a quintessential destination for residents and visitors.

The existing historic landscape and landmark County building form the park’s center while a new 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. 

The 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 provides an open multi-use activity platform 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 links the park to the 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 beautiful backdrop offers a nature themed setting that all your guests are sure to enjoy for your birthday party or special gathering.
Promenade The Promenade and Civic Fountain serve as the spine of the Park, straddling the Civic Green and intimate 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
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Waterfront Park Theme Garden
Waterfront Park Playground
Waterfront Park Night Shot
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Some images provided by Stephen Whalen