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 Annual Parks Improvement Documents

The Development of Parks and Recreation facilities create healthy communities, protect valuable natural and cultural resources, provide recreation opportunities, reduce crime and vandalism, increase efficiency and sustainability, and foster responsible economic development. To read more about the annual Park Improvement Plan and the Healthy Edge: Active Living Park Design Guidelines follow the links below. 

Projects Out to Bid

  • Please refer to the County BuyNet Site for current projects out to bid. 

 Projects Recently Completed 

Oakoasis Park Improvements

The project consists of the renovation of the Youth Group Campground at Oakoasis Open Space Preserve in Lakeside.  The project included the construction of a new well, small water system, new restroom building with a hot water shower, a picnic pavilion with central cooking/serving area, an amphitheater with fire pit constructed from native boulders, a scenic overlook with native boulders for seating, installation of potable water for the campsites, an asphalt parking lot, decomposed granite access road and a Native American interpretive garden along with the planting of 40 Coast Live Oak trees.  The $1.3 million project was funded through 2003 firestorm insurance funds and a grant from the 2011 Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund from the Barona Band of Mission Indians.  This project is located at 12620 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040.  Construction was completed in October of 2012.

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Lamar Park Volunteer Site

This project includes running of utilities (water, sewer, electricity) and installation of the volunteer fence, vehicle gate, pedestrian gate and lighting for an onsite volunteer residence. Project funds total $100,000 for construction, project management and inspections.  Construction was completed in July, 2012. 

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San Dieguito Activity Hill Improvements

This project entailed the restoration of the three lookout towers, two suspension bridges and the ladder system that make up the Activity Hill Trails in the central area of the park.  In addition to restoring these structures, the hillside at the sandstone outcropping was reinforced using a pre-engineered block retaining wall and turf block to restrict and greatly reduce erosion of the sandstone and adjacent trails.  Nature viewing telescopes were also added to the lookout towers and extensive trail improvements were also made.  Project funds of approximately $316,000.00 were provided through Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) funds.  Construction was completed in June, 2012

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Otay Valley Regional Park Palm Avenue Trail

The OVRP Recreational Trail System Palm Avenue Community Access Segment constructed 1/4 Mile of access trail to the existing 8.3-mile trail system within the OVRP along the Otay River. The OVRP multi-use trail system is for hiking, biking, and equestrian use.The park is within the jurisdiction of the city of San Diego and Chula Vista, and the County of San Diego, and is being jointly acquired, planned, developed, operated, and maintained under a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement between the three jurisdictions.  This project was funded by a private donor through the San Diego Foundation. The California Conservation Corps constructed the trail infrastructure including the stabilization of decomposed granite surfacing and lodge pole fencing, and a native rock monument with a brass plaque in the 2400 block of Palm Avenue.

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Sellers-Keever Memorial

The Sellers Keever Outdoor Educational Activity Center was funded by a $175,000 grant from Supervisor Greg Cox.  The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation designed the unique multi-hued concrete pad in the shape of a nautilus shell.  The design of the landscape architectural features of the sea glass embedded pad, concrete sedimentary seat wall, sitting boulders, and trail, seamlessly blend in with the surrounding areas that are being restored to native wildlife habitats by schoolchildren and volunteers.  The design reflects a high degree of sensitivity to the inspiration and memory of the two young boys, and the wildlife of south San Diego Bay.


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Sweetwater Lane Fitness Station Improvements

The project was funded by Community Development Block Grant monies with a budget of $250,000.  The project included the installation of 30 outdoor exercise fitness machines, the installation of 7,408 square feet of concrete surfacing for the equipment, and the installation of trash receptacles, shaded benches and fitness signage.  The equipment was located according to exercise use:  upper body, lower body, cardio and stretch.  The project was completed early January, 2013 and will be utilized by various park fitness programs.

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Descanso Fitness Track

A new rubberized running track, bleachers, waste receptacles and signage were installed at Descanso Elementary School in Descanso.  The project was completed under a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) with Mountain Empire School District that provides public use of the facilities as a park after school hours and on weekends.  Project funding in the amount of $198,000 was provided through Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) funds and District 2 Neighborhood Reinvestment funds.  Construction was completed in May of 2013.


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Mountain Empire Phase 2 Playground Improvements

The project consists of constructing a two tier metal shade pavilion, various picnic tables, benches, BBQ units, lodge pole fencing, asphalt paved maintenance road with concrete curb and gutter, landscaping and drip irrigation.  Project funding was provided by $247,000 of Community Development Block Grant.  The project opened to the public on July 1, 2013.


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Long Range Planning Documents

Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan
The Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan can be viewed by clicking here. This document is intended to be a guide for future trail development along the upper San Diego River in the community of Lakeside. To request a copy of this plan or ask any questions, please contact Sean O'Neill, Park Project Manager for Parks and Recreation at 858-966-1355.



Otay Valley Regional Park Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines

The County of San Diego in coordination with the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego have prepared the Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines (Plan). The goals of the Plan are to 1) remove populations of non-native vegetation and 2) to manage and minimize the expansion of non-native species with in the Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP).

The OVRP is an 11-mile long Park of over 8,500 acres, located in southern San Diego County. The Park extends from the southeastern end of the salt ponds at the mouth of the Otay River, through the Otay River Valley to the land surrounding both the Upper and Lower Otay Reservoirs. Since the OVRP is located in the jurisdiction of the County of San Diego, the City of San Diego, and the City of Chula Vista, those jurisdictions have entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) to plan and manage the OVRP.

OVRP Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines
Figure 1-1, Vicinity
Figure 1-2, Phases
Area 1
Area 2
Area 3



San Luis Rey River Park Master Plan Implementation

The County of San Diego has embarked on an ambitious project to develop a regional park along the San Luis Rey River. The proposed 1700-acre park would be approximately nine miles in length, parallel to State Route 76, and would begin in Oceanside in the western-most portion and end in an area near Interstate 15 in the eastern-most portion. As envisioned, the river park would provide a combination of active and passive recreational opportunities along with approximately 20 miles of trails to park goers while preserving the San Luis Rey River corridor and surrounding land within the park.

Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
Revised Responses to Comments

For further information contact Mark Massen, Senior Park Project Manager, by phone at 858-966-1351 or by e-mail at

To view PDF versions of the Master Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), please use the following links:

Master Plan (Summary)
Master Plan Document
    Community Input
    Analysis and Synthesis
    Master Plan
    Environmental Planning
    River Hydraulics and Flood Plain Issues
    Water Quality and Water Resources
    Cultural Resources
Master Plan Map
SLR River Park PEIR
     CEQA Findings
     Responses to Comments
     Statement of Location
     Statement of Overriding Consideration
     Recirculation Statement
     Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
     Revised Responses to Comments


Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails and Habitat Enhancement Project

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails and Habitat Enhancement Project was certified by the Board of Supervisors on December 13, 2006.

The certification of the EIR allows the department to implement portions of the project now while pursuing funding to implement larger aspects of the project. The main component of the project is the formal trail network. This trail network will consist of 22.5 miles of both multi-use and equestrian/pedestrian trails with amenities such as bird observation blinds, interpretive signage, and trailheads. Also included in the overall project is the restoration of approximately 60 acres of wetland, riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats west of the Dairy Mart Ponds, situated south of the I-5/Dairy Mart Road interchange.

Formal Trail Network