News & Updates

Park News, Weather Updates and Park Closures
(Updated 2/8/16 at 4 p.m.)

Temporary Park Closures:

  • All parks and preserves are open.
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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.
  • Sweetheart "Selfie" Contest: Enter for a chance to win a wedding at Flinn Springs County Park. Photos must be taken inside a County Park and are due no later than Friday, Feb. 12. View the contest flier for details. Good luck!

  • Vets & Pets: Our first-ever Vets & Pets event takes place Sunday, Feb. 14 from 12 to 3 p.m. in Area 1 at Lous Stelzer County Park. San Diego-area veterans, their friends and families, and other park visitors will have an opportunity to meet adoptable pets from several local shelters - even take them for a walk along the trail! View the event flier for details.
  • 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 bing balanced by efforts to improve and expand trail access. Click HERE for more information, or VIEW the map.
  • 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 vist 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. 
  • Vallecito County Park: A boil water order has been issued for Vallecito County Park. The water system serves two volunteer pads, 44 camps sites, and public restrooms with showers. Water is avilable at nearby Agua Caliente County Park, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own. Details: http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/boil-water-order-vallecito-county-park

  • 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 instulation 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. The community asked that no construction take place at the site during the holidays. Work resumed on January 3, 2016 but the rains prevented construction from continuing for a short time. During  the rain, the contractor and City resident engineer monitored the site even though no work was taking place.
    • The new storm drain, curbs and gutters, sidewalks and concrete street are completed between Taylor and Mason Streets. The southbound lane from Mason to Harney Street is complete also. The work on the northbound lane continues.
    • The rain will cause delays on this project but at this point, the project is on schedule. Please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JuanStreetProject/ for photos and updates on the project.
    • Questions or comments: 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. 
  • Water Conservation Projects: There will be a number of water conservation projects occurring throughout the San Diego County Parks System effective immediately and over the coming year. Get info on our Sustainability webpage.
  • 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 instect 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.