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