Parks & Recreation
"To provide healthy, sustainable, and enriching environments for all."
"To connect all to the City’s diverse world class park system."
acres of park assets
miles of shorelines
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.
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.
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 Golf Course is the home of the Farmers Insurance Open and will host the 2021 U.S. Open.
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.
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.
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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