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We enhance the quality of life in San Diego County by providing opportunities for high level parks and recreation experiences and preserving regionally significant natural and cultural resources.
A park and recreation system that is the pride of San Diego County.
About the Director
County Parks and Recreation maintains and enhances the quality of life in San Diego County by providing parks and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Our award-winning system includes local and regional parks, campgrounds, 300 miles of trails, fishing lakes, state-of-the-art recreation centers and sports complexes, ecological preserves, and open space preserves. We offer hundreds of programs, ranging from an award-winning Outdoor Adventure Program to cutting edge activities that contribute to healthy communities and lifestyles. Our facilities cover more than 44,000 acres, are open year round, and are operated and maintained by County staff, volunteers, and service contracts.
The Department of Parks and Recreation fully embraces the County of San Diego's mission to provide County residents with superior services to improve the region's quality of life. We make this mission a reality through programs that create healthy communities, protect valuable natural and cultural resources, provide recreation opportunities, reduce crime and vandalism, and foster responsible economic development. To see our Strategic Plan 2010-2015 , which outlines our priorities for accomplishing our mission, please click on one of the following links: Flash version PDF version - printable
County Parks and Recreation Wins National Accreditation
The County’s vast Parks and Recreation system has earned national accreditation, making San Diego the only county in California and one of just 13 counties in the U.S. with the stamp of excellence.
The evaluation by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) is the only national accreditation for park and recreation operations. In the accreditation, CAPRA measures an agency’s facilities, management, and benefit to the public with144 benchmarks of quality.
Accreditation was a two-year undertaking that required County Parks leaders and staff to conduct an extensive self-assessment and demonstrate best practices in all aspects of the department. A committee of experienced park and recreation professionals evaluated the County system in a site visit in 2011. Agencies must be re-accredited every five years.
Go to this page to see a brief history of the Department of Parks and Recreation.