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General Information


Our Mission

"To provide healthy, sustainable, and enriching environments for all."

Our Vision

"To connect all to the City’s diverse world class park system."

Who are we?


acres of park assets




miles of shorelines


recreation centers




Skate Parks


Golf Courses

Did you know?

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a horticultural and cultural resource with more than 15,000 trees, 14 specialty gardens, nearly 100 arts, educational, recreational, social, and sports organizations; 17 museums and cultural institutions, and is home of the World Famous San Diego Zoo and Old Globe Theatre.


Joint Use Parks

The Department has approximately 90 joint use agreements with local school districts that provide 370 acres of additional recreational opportunities during non-school hours and maximize park use and provide active, programmable sports turf in park-deficient neighborhoods


Each year, over 50,000 persons with disabilities participate in a variety of programs which assist them in achieving a maximum level of independence in their leisure and recreational lifestyles.

Movies in the Park

Parks and Recreation Department will provide more than 60 free Movies in the Park at locations throughout the City during the summer of 2017.

Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines Golf Course is the home of the Farmers Insurance Open and will host the 2021 U.S. Open.

Mount Hope Cemetery

Parks and Recreation Department operates Mount Hope Cemetery, a 110-acre site built in 1869 that contains monuments to some of San Diego’s most notable citizens, including Alonzo Horton.

Group Events and Permits

If you are interested in having a wedding, large picnic or special event in Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park, Presidio Park, or one of our Shoreline Parks, you will need to obtain a permit from the permit center, located in the Balboa Park Administration Building, 2125 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.
The permit center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Recorded information is available at 619-235-1169.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pandemic, the Permit Center at 2125 Park Blvd. remains closed to the public and is not available for in-person visits.

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Your Dogs and City Parks

All dogs shall be maintained on a leash not to exceed 8 feet, including trails and canyons in all parks. For those parks that have been designated dog off-leash areas, dogs must be leashed until inside the posted boundary for the off-leash area.

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Register for activities

Visit SDRecConnect to conveniently browse a variety of activities offered by the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and Community Recreation Groups. It's as easy as One, Two, and Three. Sign up for an account, find a class or activity, and register!

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Park Use Rules and Regulations

Find information on a list of general rules for parks and recreation centers. Be sure to contact facilities for the latest hours of operations, programs and events, or emergency closure information.


General Rules and Regulation

Night Time Park Curfews and Closures

Recreation Centers



Park Facilities Map

Find Park, Recreation Center, or Pool details

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City Holidays

Here is a link to City Holidays.