Park News, Weather Updates & Park Closures
(Updated 7/24/15 at 3:45 pm)
Due to a 30-acre wildland fire at Lake Morena County Park, the campgrounds and surrounding trails are currently closed. CAL FIRE is managing the incident. The park is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m., Wednesday morning, July 29. Check back for updates.
- Guajome Regional Park - Improvements are being made to both playground structures at Guajome Regional Park in Oceanside. Improvements include increased ADA access, rubberized surfacing and shade sails. The playgrounds will remain closed while this work is in progress. The playgrounds will reopen by fall 2016. The first playground is located in the main picnic area located at 3000 Guajome Lake Rd and the second playground is located at the secondary park entrance located at 1309 N. Santa Fe Ave.
- Lake Morena County Park - Utility upgrades to improve facilities will be under construction on an ongoing basis beginning in July of 2015 and ending in the fall of 2015. The park will be open but this may result in construction traffic, construction noise and rotational site closings during regular business hours throughout the construction period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
- 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 months.
- Collier Park - 25,000 sq ft of turf will be converted to a decomposed granite surface. Picnic sites in lawned areas will continue to be available in other areas of the park. Additional water conservation projects will also proceed in the park over the summer months. We appologize for any inconvenience.
- Eucalyptus Park - The upper playground area will remain closed during construction and installation of the new playground equipment. The project, which includes new swings and new surfacing, is expected to reopen in June 2015. Thank you for your patience during construction.
- Pine Valley County Park - Starting in February, 2015, Pine Valley County Park is under construction for approximately 6 months to install new synthetic turf ball fields. During this time, the fields will be unavailable.
- Dos Picos Park - Utility upgrades to improve facilities will be under construction on an ongoing basis beginning in early 2015. This may result in construction traffic, construction noise and rotational site closings during regular business hours throughout the construction period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
- 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.
- Borrego Springs Community Park - Borrego Springs will soon have a brand-new park, to be built on the 16-acre parcel at the corner of Country Club and Sunset Roads, across from the post office.
For years, local groups have 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 a review of the past 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 mandates a local maintenance entity to be responsible for ongoing care of the park, and resources could not be identified.
County Parks and Recreation representatives are now working to meet this maintenance entity requirement in innovative ways: the team is forming partnerships with other departments and agencies to meet specific site needs and any plans, moving forward, will include space for a dedicated on-site volunteer.
A public kick-off meeting was held on April 29 where community members shared their vision and suggestions for this new park. Suggestions pulled from that meeting have been incorporated into the following survey.