News & Updates

Park News, Weather Updates and Park Closures
(Updated 5/6/16 at 10:50 a.m.)

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County Parks received top honors at the 2016 California Park & Recreation Society award ceremony held Friday, March 11, in Long Beach, CA. Hundreds of professionals across the state came together to celebrate the “best of the best” in marketing and communications, facility and park design, community stewardship, and professional fellowship. We took home two awards: an Award of Excellence for our marketing strategy and brand, and the Community Champion Award – presented to Supervisor Ron Roberts for his steadfast support of Waterfront Park. 

Parks and Recreation Champion Awards:  In the spirit of environmental stewardship and promoting healthy, active lifestyles, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is proud to introduce the Parks and Recreation Champion Awards. This is an opportunity to celebrate the selfless efforts of individuals who have made a difference in local parks, preserves and community programs, bringing positive change to the world around them. Individuals throughout San Diego may apply. Nominations will be accepted April 27 – May 27, 2016. Click for details

Temporary Park Closures:

Due to inclement weather, the following parks or facilities are closed until further notice:

  • Live Oak Leash Free Dog Area
  • Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon - Pedestrian Access only
  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Trails - The Ranch House and its programs remain open
  • Santa Margarita Preserve
  • Del Dios Highlands

Other News and Information:

  • El Monte County Park: During routine testing of the well water at El Monte County Park, we discovered the presence of a bacteria called coliform. While this doesn’t affect park users’ ability to wash or flush, it means the water is not safe for drinking. Thank you for your patience as our experts work to treat the water – we’ll let you know when it is safe to drink.
  • Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB) Tree Maintenance Project: The following park closures will occur due to a major tree maintenance project related to the GSOB.  For more information on the GSOB, vist our Oak Tree Protection page.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
    • Monday May 2 - Flinn Springs
    • Tuesday - Wednesday, May 3 & 4 - Dos Picos
    • Thursday, May 5 - El Monte
    • Monday and Tuesday, May 9 & 10 - Lake Morena
    • Wednesday, May 11 - Stelzer
    • Thursday, May 12 - Oakoasis
    • Monday and Tuesday, May 16 & 17 - Potrero
    • Monday and Tuesday, May 23 & 24 - William Heise

  • Advisory Board Members Wanted! There are vacancies on two of our advisory boards: San Miguel Local Park District and Rancho San Diego Local Park District. Advisory Board members provide a service to the community by participating in monthly meetings and providing recommendations and feedback on improvements to local parks and recreation centers. They must live within jurisdictional boundaries.

  • Grand Opening of New Ball Field: Pine Valley opened a state-of-the-art ball field on Wednesday, Feb. 17, featuring 81,500 square feet of artificial turf, seven sets of shaded bleachers, two remote-controlled scoreboards and two movable goal posts. This combination baseball/soccer field is regulation-size and designed to accommodate users of all ages. It can host everything from practices and scrimmages to full-fledged tournaments. To reserve the field for professional or recreational play, call Recreation Supervisor Kirk Carmichael at 858-673-3900.  
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  • Calendars now for sale! We're proud to share the first edition of our 13-month calendar, featuring beautiful photography from County parks with listings for national, local and park-related holidays. At only $5 (NEW DISCOUNTED PRICE!), they make a great gift! Proceeds will go to the Parks Society to support ongoing park maintenance and  programming. Get additional information - including sales and pick-up locations - at 858-565-3600 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or complete this form, email it to the address noted, and a reservation agent will contact you directly.
  • Tijuana River Valley Regional Park: Updating the trail system at Tijuana River Valley Regional Park is a priority for County Parks - as such, work is underway to complete a 22.5-mile non-motorized trail system. Efforts to preserve local habitats are being balanced by efforts to improve and expand trail access. Click HERE for more information, or VIEW the map. As of February 2016, we've begun restoration of more than 30 acres of unauthorized trails - including the installation of lodge pole fencing and other barricades, posting Habitat Enhancement Area signs, seed planting for revegetation, and ongoing trail maintenance. Thank you for staying on designated paths as we work to restore this area to its natural state.
  • Shot Hole Borer: A new pest known as the Shot Hole Borer is affecting tree health in San Diego. This invasive species burrows into a tree's bark, lays eggs and emits a fungus that can deplete a tree of the nutrients it needs to survive. It's too early to understand the significance of this beetle to our region, but we're saddened by the negative effect it's had on vegetation in parts of Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. For more information, review this presentation and visit our FAQs webpage.
  • Spring Valley Park: The Spring Valley Park basketball court will be closed beginning on January 19, 2016 while construction of a new basketball court and drainage improvements are in progress.  The project is expected to be completed in spring 2016. The Spring Valley Park playground area will also be closed beginning Monday, March 14 while construction of a new playground structure and new rubber surface is in progress. The project is expected to be completed by late Spring 2016.
  • Borrego Springs: The community of Borrego Springs will soon have a new, 16-acre park. Two meetings have been held with local residents to identify preferred amenities and to share background on the parks planning process. Please view the FAQ sheet for additional information.
  • Guajome Regional Park: The Guajome Park fitness area improvement project will take place from late summer to winter  2015. The project is located just north of the main pond at 3000 Guajome Lake Road in Oceanside. The project includes installation of articulating exercise equipment, benches and tables, and a shade pavilion.
  • Heritage Park - Juan Street Improvements Project - The City of San Diego's Juan Street Improvements project is moving along well. Please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JuanStreetProject/ for photos and updates on the project. For more information, contact the City of San Diego at 619.533.4207 or at engineering@sandiego.gov.

  • Coin-operated showers installed at all County campgrounds: As part of our broader water conservation efforts, coin operated shower fixtures have been installed at the following campgrounds: Agua Caliente, Vallecito, Dos Picos, William Heise, Guajome Regional, Sweetwater Summit, Potrero and Lake Morena. Fixtures take quarters and cost 50 cents for 4 minutes of shower time. Quarters will be available at the Ranger stations. 

  • Lake Morena County Park: Due to the draw down of water at Lake Morena County Park, the boat ramp will be closed to launch personal watercraft until further notice. Personal float tubes, canoes, and kayaks are still able to launch on the lake. The motorized boats available at the lake's marina can still be rented, and are able to operate for daily fishing and water activities. Please call the Lake Morena Park office for further information at (619) 579-4101.
  • Oak Tree Protection: Oak trees through out the County are threatened by an insect called the Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB). Efforts are ongoing in the fight against this destructive pest. County Parks staff consistently monitor the health of our trees and work to minimize the damage caused by the GSOB through a number of means. For more information about the GSOB and our efforts to control it, visit our Oak Tree Protection webpage.