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Park Standards

The City of San Diego General Plan (2008) established standards for the development of population-based parks and recreation facilities, including Recreation Centers and Aquatic Complex (For additional detail about population-based park categories and guidelines see the General Plan, Table RE-2).

Population-based Parks

  • Serve a community plan area, including Community and Neighborhood Parks
  • 2.8 acres per 1000 population minimum standard

Community Parks

  • Serve a population of 25,000
  • 13 acre minimum
  • Typical Components: May include passive and active recreation facilities found in Neighborhood Parks, Recreation Center, Aquatic Complex and multi-purpose fields.

Neighborhood Parks

  • Serve a population of 5,000 and within approximately 1 mile
  • 3 to 13 acres
  • Accessible by bicycling and walking
  • Typical Components: May include picnic areas, children's play areas, multi-purpose courts, multi-purpose turf areas, comfort stations, walkways, and landscaping.

Recreation Centers

  • Serve a population of 25,000 or within approximately 3 miles, whichever is less
  • Minimum 17,000 square feet per center or 25,000 population
  • Typical Components: May include gymnasium, indoor courts, multi-purpose rooms, kitchen, and other community-serving facilities.

Aquatic Complexes

  • Serve a population of 50,000 or within approximately 6 miles, whichever is less
  • Minimum standard 25 meters by 25 yards swimming pool
  • Typical Components: May include swimming pool, specialized uses such as children's pool or therapeutic pool, support facilities such as locker rooms and showers.