Parks Development Projects

San Dieguito County Park Shade Structure

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Project Types:


Annual Parks Improvement Documents:

The Development of Parks and Recreation facilities create healthy communities, protect valuable natural and cultural resources, provide recreation opportunities, reduce crime and vandalism, increase efficiency and sustainability, and foster responsible economic development. To read more about the annual Park Improvement Plan, the department's plans for "Going Green",  and the Healthy Edge: Active Living Park Design Guidelines follow the links below.


Projects Out to Bid:

  • Please refer to the County BuyNet Site for current projects out to bid. 

Projects Recently Completed:


Borrego Springs Park - Borrego Springs is about to get a brand-new, $2 million county park, to be built on the 16 acre parcel at the corner of Country Club and Sunset Roads, across from the post office. County Department of Parks and Recreation officials are delighted to see this park finally coming to Borrego Springs.

For many years, various local groups struggled to make the park a reality. The land was purchased with the idea of creating a park under the County’s Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO), which collects fees from developers for parks. After 13 years, only $250,000 in these fees had accumulated – not enough to realize the vision for the park from 2001. In addition, the PLDO requires a local “maintenance entity” to be responsible for ongoing care of the park – no one in Borrego was able to step up and bear that cost or responsibility.

All that changed this month when the County prioritized funding for a new county library and park in Borrego Springs. The Board of Supervisors will approve the County’s annual budget in June when $2 million is expected to be approved for a Borrego Springs park.  County Parks and Recreation have worked to meet the maintenance entity requirement in innovative ways: the park will include room for an on-site volunteer and Parks and Recreation is looking to partner with other departments and agencies to help meet the site’s needs.


Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan
The Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan can be viewed by clicking here. 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, please contact Bill Saumier, Sr. Park Project Manager for Parks and Recreation at 858-966-1344.


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.

OVRP Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines
Figure 1-1, Vicinity
Figure 1-2, Phases
Area 1
Area 2
Area 3


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.

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
Revised Responses to Comments

For further information contact Mark Massen, Senior Park Project Manager, by phone at 858-966-1351 or by e-mail at

To view PDF versions of the Master Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), please use the following links:

Master Plan (Summary)
Master Plan Document
Community Input
Analysis and Synthesis
Master Plan
Environmental Planning
River Hydraulics and Flood Plain Issues
Water Quality and Water Resources
Cultural Resources
Master Plan Map
SLR River Park PEIR
CEQA Findings
Responses to Comments
Statement of Location
Statement of Overriding Consideration
Recirculation Statement
Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
Revised Responses to Comments


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.

Formal Trail Network