City of San Diego Parks
11th Floor, 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 525-8213
is the second largest city in
California and the eighth largest city in the United States, located
along the Pacific Ocean on the West coast of the Western United
States. The California Department of Finance's latest figures
estimate the city's population at 1,336,865.
This coastal city is also the
county seat of San Diego County as well as the economic center of
the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area. As of 2008,
this metropolitan area is the 17th-largest in the United States with
a population of 3,146,274 and the 21st-largest metropolitan area in
the Americas when including Tijuana, Mexico. According to Forbes
Magazine the city of San Diego ranks as the fifth wealthiest in the
San Diego's economy is largely composed of
agriculture, biotechnology/biosciences, computer sciences,
electronics manufacturing, defense-related manufacturing, financial
and business services, ship-repair and construction, software
development, telecommunications, and tourism. The presence of the
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with the affiliated UCSD
Medical Center promotes research in biotechnology.
San Diego is home to several developed
regional parks that attract millions of visitors each year. Both
residents and visitors from around the globe take advantage of San
Diego's great weather to walk, bike or swim, visit a museum, take a
tour, or have a picnic in one of these well known parks.
This significant horticultural and cultural resource has more than
15,000 trees, 14 specialty gardens, nearly 100 arts, educational,
recreational, social and sports organizations, 14 museums and is
home to the World Famous San Diego Zoo and Old Globe Theatre.
Mission Bay Park
This 4,235 acres park is approximately half land and half water and
is the largest man-made public aquatic recreational area in the
Considered by many to be the West Coasts� Plymouth Rock, this park
offers over 50 acres nestled on a hill over looking Mission Bay, San
Diego Bay, Mission Valley and the Pacific Ocean. The Serra Museum
educates and excites visitors with the park history and San Diego's
past. Presidio Park is a horticultural cornucopia, flourishing with
native and non-native species. All this can be observed exploring
Presidio Parks more than 2 miles of trails, situated in the middle
of urban San Diego.
Extending from Torrey Pines City Park South to Sunset Cliffs Natural
Park, this coastal system includes 65 view areas and coastal access
Open Space within the City of San Diego is
defined as areas generally free from development or developed with
low intensity uses that respect natural environmental
characteristics. Open Space Parks are used for purposes such as
preservation of natural resources, passive outdoor recreation and
scenic and visual enjoyment.
Mission Trails Regional Park
One of the largest urban parks west of the Mississippi, this park
has over 5,900 acres of open space providing visitors the chance to
participate in a wide variety of hikes and multi-educational
programs. Mission Trails Regional Park also includes Kumeyaay
Comprised of Marian Bear Memorial Park , Rose Canyon Open Space Park
and Tecolote Canyon Natural Park & Nature Center these 3 open space
parks are made up of 1,500 acres and include trails for hiking,
biking, and bird watching in unique natural habitats.
Mission Valley Preserve
Fifty-two acres of the San Diego River Park is known as Mission
Valley Preserve and is under the supervision of the Park and
Recreation Department Tri-Canyon Park Rangers.
Los Pe�asquitos Canyon Preserve
With over 4,000 acres of open space, this Preserve is home to many
rare and endangered plant and animal species. Visitors using the 37
miles of multi-use trails have the opportunity to pass through 14
different habitat types and view a waterfall.
Black Mountain Open Space Park
This park is comprised of 2,352 acres, has trails for hiking, biking
and equestrian use and has over 80 species of birds. The centerpiece
of the park is the 1,554 foot summit of Black Mountain which
provides 360 degree views of the area.
Open Space Canyons and Parklands
Open Space canyons are located throughout the City of San Diego and
you may find one just beyond your own backyard. A map is available
for locating a canyon close to you. Trail maps are also available
for exploring what is right in your own community.
San Pasqual / Clevenger Canyon Open Space
This park offers great hiking and bird watching, including a
challenging 1755 foot summit.
Otay Valley Regional Park
These recreational areas are managed in part
by the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department or our partner
agencies and offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities that
can be enjoyed year-round.
San Diego River Park
San Dieguito River Park
Chollas Lake Park
City Lakes Program