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City Planning Department

Park Planning

Planning for San Diego’s Parks and Recreation Needs

Parks and open spaces are an important part of our neighborhoods, communities, and the region as a whole. These areas provide spaces for residents to gather, exercise, recreate and experience nature in an urban setting.  Park Planning focuses on incorporating General Plan standards for parks into Community Planning efforts.  Park Planning also manages the citywide Parks Master Plan.  Our work supports access to meaningful open spaces for all. 

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Ongoing Park Planning Efforts

Parks Master Plan

The Parks Master Plan is part of the Parks for All of Us initiative and is an amendment to the General Plan Recreation Element. It includes an updated Citywide Park Development Impact Fee (DIF) to replace existing community-focused park development impact fees and it designates the Chollas Creek Watershed as a regional park. As called for in the 2008 General Plan, this new Parks Master Plan replaces the last plan approved in 1956.

Park Planning in Community Plan Updates

Community Plan Updates guide the long-term growth and developments of neighborhoods, including their parks and public spaces. For each of these Community Plan Updates, different park planning strategies are employed with community stakeholder engagement.

Park Planning Documents

Find the Park Planning documents and references in our online library.