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City of San Diego Parks

The City of San Diego

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, 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 mobile laser tag events.  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.  Click 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 mobile laser tag is allowed, it has become a favorite for many kids' parties over the years.   As of January, 2008, alcohol is no longer allowed in Mission Bay Park, which may make it more enjoyable for children's parties.  All of the permit sites have nearby restroom facilities and water access. 

Click for a Map of the Mission Bay Permit Sites.  

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 seen 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 Clara Recreation 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