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Chollas Lake Park

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Online Registration

Register online for Programs offered by the Recreation Council using the Online Activity Registration System. Log on at

Set up your account and browse classes now. New classes become available for registration on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Returning Customers (who have previously registered for classes online)
    Click the My Account button. Enter your login (email address) and password.

    If you’ve forgotten your password, click My Account, then click the small “Forgotten?” link. Enter the email address you used when you created the account, and the system will send you a temporary password via email. Log in with the temporary password and the system will prompt you for your “Current password” - which means the temporary password in this case - and a new password of your choice. Be sure to click Save!

  • First Time Online Customers
    Click the Create Account*** button. Fill out the New Account Request form completely for the primary responsible person, usually a parent or head of household, including all required fields, (Birth date, Gender, Email Address, etc.) and click Submit (or Submit & Add Family Member to add your other family members). In a short time, check your email for a confirmation message with a special first-time activation link. You will not be able to use your new account until you've used this special link! Note that it's possible this email will go to your “spam” folder, so check carefully. To avoid duplication, be sure to let others in your household know you've set up the account.

***Important!: If you are registering a child for an activity, please use your own information, not your child's, when first completing the New Account Request form. Once you have filled it out for yourself, click “Submit,” or “Submit & Add Family Member” to add others such as your spouse and children. You can also easily children later after you've created and confirmed the account. Be sure to check your email for a confirmation message with a special first-time activation link. You will not be able to use your new account until you've used this special link!

If you need help please click the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) button in the online registration page for information.

Chollas Lake is a great place to get some exercise, there is a loop around the lake that is great for walking or running, as well as a basketball court. Check out our Program Guide (PDF) for a map and more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join us for our monthly Community Volunteer Day (sponsored by Starbucks) on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet in the Lake parking lot below the restrooms. Possible projects include painting over graffiti and removal of non-native plants.

  • Unless otherwise noted, all projects meet on the lake main trail, west of the main parking lot, just below the restrooms and outside of the picnic shelter.
  • First-time volunteers must fill out the Waiver and Release of Liability Form (PDF)
  • People under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If the adult is not their parent or legal guardian, the person under 18 must also bring a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Please wear closed toed shoes & bring drinking water
  • Heavy rain cancels all events

Contact the Chollas Lake Park Rangers at 619-235-5910 for more information or if you are interested in individual and group volunteer opportunities.

History of the Center

As a reservoir built in 1901, Chollas Lake helped serve early San Diego's water supply. In 1966 it was turned over to the Park and Recreation Department, and was designated a youth fishing lake (for children ages 15 and under only) in 1971.

Directions and Bus Route

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From Interstate 805 take the 94 Freeway East and exit on Broadway/College Avenue. Turn right on College Avenue and then left on College Grove Drive. The entrance is on the right, just past College Grove Way.

The park is accessible by bus via SDMTS routes 5, 856, 916, 936.