San Diego Parks

 
There are hundreds of parks and recreation areas managed by the City of San Diego and in general, they can be categorized into being a Regional park or a Neighborhood park or recreation area. An overview of the parks is provided below.

City of San Diego Regional Parks:

The larger San Diego parks are considered to be Regional Parks and include the following:
 
  • Balboa Park
  • Mission Bay Park
  • Presidio Park, and
  • Shoreline Parks
The Shoreline Parks include Calumet Park in P.B./La Jolla, Cuvier Park or "Wedding Bowl" Park in La Jolla, Scripps Park in La Jolla, Sunset Cliffs Park, Luscombs Point in O.B., and Ladera Street Park in O.B.
While all of these regional parks offer beautiful settings for parties and gatherings, only Mission Bay Park allows inflatable jump houses.  If you are having 75 people at your event, or if you're having any special equipment (e.g. inflatable jump, dunk tank, large canopy, etc), you will need to obtain a permit from the permit center located in the Balboa Park Administration Building at 2125 Park Boulevard. The permit center is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For permit information call Regional Parks at (619) 235-1169.  Clck to download a copy of San Diego Regional Parks Permit Form.  

Mission Bay Park - the largest man-made aquatic park in the country, covering 4,235 acres, Mission Bay is a popular year-round outdoor recreation and party venue and because inflatable jump houses are allowed, it has become a favorite for many kids parties over the years.   As of January, 2008, alcohol is no longer allowed inMission Bay Park, which may make it more enjoyable for children's parties.  All of the permit sites have nearby restroom facilities and water access. 

 

 
NOTE:  The key thing to know about having a party in Mission Bay Park, is that although you have a permit for a general area in the park, that does not guarantee you a specifically designated space as the actual locations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Groups of less than 75 people do not need a permit and have equal access to the prime locations. We've seem numerous occasions of people sleeping overnight or arriving before daybreak to reserve a prime gazebo area, shade location, or other specially desirable area.
 
City of San Diego Community, Neighborhood, Mini-Parks and Lake Grounds
 
San Diego has hundreds of smaller parks and it's sometimes a challenge to find the right location to contact for a permit application because the neighborhood parks and recreation areas are all managed separately.  In general, once you select which neighborhood park you want to use for your party or picnic, then the best option is to contact the nearest Recreation Center to that park to inquire about availability and permits.  The permit is different for a Community Park than from the Regional Parks and for a copy, click on Community & Neighborhood Park Permit Application

For example, if you want to book a party at Kate Sessions Park, which is in the 92109 zip code, then you would call the Pacific Beach Recreation Center to check availability and to submit a permit application.  This is not a precise process as you're going to have to apply a bit of local knowledge to recognize that the P.B. Recreation Center is closer to Kate Sessions Park than the Santa ClaraRecreation Center, which is in the same zip code

To assist you with this process, we've listed the various Recreation Centers or Permit reservation locations in zip code order with their address and phone number so you can more easily identify which location to call.

                                                                   

Zip

Recreation/Permit Center

Address

Telephone

92037

La Jolla Recreation Center 615 Prospect St., La Jolla, 92037 (858) 552-1658

92101

Balboa Park Activity Center 2145 Park Blvd., 92101 (858) 581-7100

92101

Municipal Gymnasium 2111 Pan American Plaza, 92101 (619) 525-8262

92102

Golden Hill Recreation Center 2600 Golf Course Dr., 92102 (619) 235-1138

92102

Stockton Recreation Center 330 32nd St., 92102 (619) 235-1163

92104

Morley Field Sports Complex 2221 Morley Field Dr., 92104 (619) 692-4919

92104

North Park Recreation Center 4044 Idaho St., 92104 (619) 235-1152

92105

Azalea Recreation Center 2596 Violet St., 92105 (619) 235-1162

92105

Chollas Lake Park 6350 College Grove Dr., 92105 (619) 527-7683

92105

City Heights Recreation Center 4380 Landis Street, 92105 (619) 641-6125

92105

Mid-City Gymnasium 4302 Landis Street, 92105 (619) 516-3082

92106

Cabrillo Recreation Center 3051 Canon St., 92106 (619) 531-1534

92107

Ocean Beach Recreation Center 4726 Santa Monica Ave., 92107 (619) 531-1527

92107

Robb Athletic Field 2525 Bacon St., 92107 (619) 531-1563

92107

Robb Field Skate Park 2525 Bacon St., 92107 (619) 525-8486

92109

Pacific Beach Recreation Center 1405 Diamond St., 92109 (858) 581-9927

92109

Santa Clara Recreation Center 1008 Santa Clara Pl., 92109 (858) 581-9928

92110

Presidio Recreation Center 2811 Jackson St., 92110 (619) 692-4918

92110

Tecolote Recreation Center 4675 Tecolote Road, 92110 (858) 581-9930

92111

Kearny Mesa Recreation Center 3170 Armstrong St., 92111 (858) 573-1387

92111

Linda Vista Recreation Center 7064 Levant St., 92111 (858) 573-1392

92113

Bill and Maxine Wilson Skate Park 702 South 30th Street 92113 (619) 527-3596

92113

Dolores Magdaleno Recreation Center 2902 Marcy Ave., 92113 (619) 235-1125

92113

Mountain View Community Center 641 South Boundary St., 92113 (619) 527-3417

92113

Southcrest Recreation Center 4149 Newton Ave., 92113 (619) 527-3413

92113

Willie Henderson Sports Complex 1035 S. 45th St., 92113 (619) 527-3407

92114

Encanto Recreation Center 6508 Wunderlin Ave., 92114 (619) 527-3411

92114

Martin Luther King, Recreation Center 6401 Skyline Dr., 92114 (619) 527-3415

92114

Skyline Hills Recreation Center 8285 Skyline Dr., 92114 (619) 527-3486

92116

Adams Recreation Center 3491 Adams Ave., 92116 (619) 235-1149

92117

Cadman Recreation Center 4280 Avati Dr., 92117 (858) 581-9929

92117

North Clairemont Recreation Center 4421 Bannock Ave., 92117 (858) 581-9926

92117

South Clairemont Recreation Center 3605 Clairemont Dr., 92117 (858) 581-9924

92119

San Carlos Recreation Center 6445 Lake Badin Ave., 92119 (619) 527-3443

92120

Allied Gardens Recreation Center 5155 Greenbrier Ave., 92120 (619) 235-1129

92122

Doyle Recreation Center 8175 Regents Rd., 92122 (858) 581-7170

92122

Nobel Athletic Fields &  Recr.  Center 8810 Judicial Drive, 92122 (858) 552-1626

92122

Standley Recreation Center 3585 Governor Dr., 92122 (858) 552-1652

92123

Serra Mesa Recreation Center 9020 Village Glen Dr., 92123 (858) 573-1408

92124

Tierrasanta Recreation Center 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92124 (858) 573-1393

92126

Gil Johnson Mira Mesa Rec. Center 8575 New Salem St., 92126 (858) 538-8122

92127

Rancho Bernardo Glassman Rec. Center 18448 West Bernardo Dr., 92127 (858) 538-8129

92128

Carmel Mtn. Ranch /Saber Springs Rec Ctr 10152 Rancho Carmel Dr., 92128 (858) 538-8100

92129

Black Mountain Multipurpose Center 9353 Oviedo St., 92129 (858) 538-8128

92129

Canyonside Recreation Center 12350 Black Mt. Rd., 92129 (858) 538-8131

92129

Hilltop Recreation Center 9711 Oviedo Way, 92129 (858) 538-8198

92129

Rancho Penasquitos Skate Park 10111 Carmel Mtn Road, 92129 (858) 525-5337

92130

Carmel Valley Recreation Center 3777 Townsgate Dr., 92130 (858) 552-1616

92131

Scripps Ranch Community Rec.  Center 11454 Blue Cypress Dr., 92131 (858) 538-8085

92139

Charles L. Lewis Mem'l Skate Park 6610 Potomac Street., 92139 (619) 527-7665

92139

Paradise Hills Recreation Center 6610 Potomac St., 92139 (619) 527-3419

92139

Penn Athletic Field 2550 Dusk Dr., 92139 (619) 527-3458

92154

Montgomery-Waller Recreation Center 3020 Coronado Ave., 92154 (619) 424-0466

92154

Silver Wing Recreation Center 3737 Arey Dr., 92154 (619) 424-0465

92154

Robert Egger, Sr S. Bay Rec. Center 1885 Coronado Ave., 92154 (619) 424-0470

92173

Cesar Chavez Community Center 455 Sycamore Road 92173 (619) 424-0464

92173

Col. Salomon San Ysidro Com'ty Activity Ctr 179 Diza Rd., 92173 (619) 424-0472