News & Updates

Park News, Weather Updates and Park Closures
(Updated 8/25/16 at 9:00 a.m.)

TEMPORARY PARK CLOSURES

  • Heritage Park: Temple Beth Israel and lawn will be closed Sept. 2016 and from Nov. 27 until Jan. 4 (2017) for renovations. We look forward to sharing improvements with you next year!

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • It’s our Anniversary! On Friday, August 19, we turn 70. That’s seven decades of park memories, preserve explorations and opportunities for recreation that are uniquely San Diego. And, for your continual support of County Parks, we’re offering a special gift! Enjoy free parking and waived $5 reservation fees on camping and special event bookings. Reserve online with code HAPPY70TH or call the front desk (Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at 877-565-3600. Get additional info in our HERE. Stay tuned for additional party favors to carry us through this milestone year.
  • TRACK Trails Grand Opening: We’ve opening three new TRACK Trails for “app-happy” kids at County Parks. Over 5 miles of interactive education have been added to San Dieguito County Park and Lake Morena County Park, adding to an existing trail network that includes San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, Louis A. Stelzer County Park and Lindo Lake County Park. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, August 26 at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome to this free event. For more information, visit http://www.kidsinparks.com/ or call San Dieguito County Park staff at 858-755-2386. For media inquiries, call 858-966-1331.

  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and Adobe: A long-term road construction project launched in August at 12020 Black Mountain Road (between the staging area entrance and Canyonside Park Drive to the adobe). While the park and adobe remain open during construction, this may cause delays and traffic may be restricted to one lane. This project is scheduled for completion in September. For more information, call 858-484-7504.

  • Lakeside Community Center: Construction is underway to improve the restrooms and hallway/front desk area at Lakeside Community Center. Classes will continue as planned, though meeting locations may be adjusted. This project is slated for completion mid-September. Thank you for your caution and patience as we work to improve your customer experience.

  • Boulder Oaks Community Meeting: In July, 2016, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) hosted a public meeting in Ramona to discuss plans for a new preserve called Boulder Oaks. Here is the full report of comments. Key points of discussion included: Traffic/Parking (21% of comments), Maintenance/Operations (15%), Fire/Emergency Evacuation (14%), Crime/Safety/Trespassing (9%), Neighborhood Impacts (8%), Recreation/Trails (8%), Environmental Review (8%), General/Uncategorized (8%), Resource Impacts (6%), Community Involvement in Planning (3%) and Amenities (<1%) – totals may not total 100% due to rounding. DPR will soon commence work on a Public Access Plan, a Vegetation Management Plan and a Resource Management Plan. Efforts to preserve the local habitat are being balanced by efforts to improve user access with safe routes to nature, and to provide new opportunities for park education and ambassadorship. A second community meeting is slated to take place in 2017. 
        
  • Kudos to Marketing: In July, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) won the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Kudos Marketing Award. The award nomination focused on new logos, upgrades to the department’s social media channels, a video series highlighting parks in South County, realized opportunities for revenue generation to support ongoing park maintenance and programming, newsletters and other outgoing messages. Also mentioned was the build of the new and improved County Parks website. Only 11 individuals and agencies received awards, and DPR won the only marketing award. Some 7,000 nominations were submitted for NRPA’s 2016 National Award program. Additional information can be found on www.nrpa.prg/nationalawards

  • More National Recognition: 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. DPR 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: On Wednesday, July 20, and in celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month, DPR unveiled the winners of first-ever, regional Parks and Recreation Champion Awards program. Jim Wilson, winner of the online vote, earned the title of Parks and Recreation Champion. Other honorees and champions of their home communities included Joan Kindle, Terry Ann Larson and Naomi McLean. Watch the video!
  • Old Ironsides County Park: County Parks is updating the play equipment on the northwest corner of the park with an new play element, an outdoor fitness station, and an upgraded parking lot. While the work is taking place, access to the parking lot and play area will be limited. Construction begins August 1 and is slated for completion this fall.  

  • Santa Margarita County Preserve: We're in the process of testing/treating the water at Santa Margarita County Preserve. It's safe for animals to drink but humans should pack their own for the time being. We'll post additional information as it becomes available. Thank you for your cooperation. 

  • 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.
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  • Award-winning Calendars 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.
  • 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: Get info on the Juan Street Improvements Project, coordinated by the City of San Diego, at https://www.facebook.com/JuanStreetProject/ or 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 low water levels at Lake Morena County Park, the boat ramp will be closed to personal watercraft launches until further notice. Fishing float tubes, canoes and kayaks are still allowed, but swimming and direct body-water contact is not. Motorized boats at the lake's marina can be rented 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.