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Day Use Parks and Facility Rentals

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The County Parks and Recreation Department offers more than two dozen local parks around San Diego County. Nearly all of these neighborhood parks offer playgrounds, lawns, and picnic areas. 

If you’re looking for a place to host that special celebration, one of these local parks may be right for you. 

Remember that availability is on a first come, first serve basis. Go to this page to see a list of our local parks. Note that some parks are alcohol free.

Nine of our County Parks have special reservable picnic areas for those special occasions.  From company picnics, wedding receptions, or large family reunions, to birthday parties or team building events, we have a park for you. 

  • The reservable areas can accommodate from 50 to 500 people depending on the park. 
  • Each area offers picnic tables, benches, and barbecues. 
  • Many parks offer a covered pavilion with electrical outlets, a serving counter, and a large barbecue stove. 
  • Reservations are available up to a year in advance.

Please visit our day-use availability page to find a site that will suit your special event needs. Then, call our reservation desk at 877-565-3600 to reserve your spot.  
 

Park Name

AmenitiesPhotograph
Dos PicosThree reservable areas on 78 oak-studded acres surrounded by steep, boulder-strewn slopes.
 

 

El Monte

Seven reservable grassy areas in this popular 98-acre park.
 

 

Felicita

Seven reservable areas on 53 acres of dense oak groves and grassy play area.
 

 

Flinn Springs

Three reservable areas plus three small group areas on 40 acres.


 

 

Guajome Regional

Conveniently located 40 miles north of San Diego, bordering Oceanside, this park offers an on-site pavilion.
 

 

Lake Morena

Lake Morena is located in Campo and offers an on-site pavilion.
 

 

Lincoln Acres

Offers an on-site community center.
 

 
Live Oak County ParkThe park is ideal for picnicking, strolling and sharing time with family and friends. Live Oak has a beautiful setting for special events such as weddings, family reunions, and public ceremonies.

Louis Stelzer

The oak-shaded picnic area in this 340-acre park features a bbq grill, benches, and a lawn area.
 

 

Otay Lakes

One reservable area with a spectacular view of Lower Otay Lake highlights this 78-acre park in the South Bay.
 

 

Old Ironsides

This El Cajon Park offers an on-site community center and picnic tables for day use.
 

 

Pine Valley

Three reservable areas on 17 acres featuring tall pines and ancient oaks.
 

 

Potrero

Grassy meadows and hundreds of oaks enhance the reservable picnic area on 115 acres.
 

 

San Dieguito

Only minutes from the ocean are four reservable areas in this 125-acre park.
 

 

Sweetwater

This 540-acre regional park offers an on-site pavilion.


 

 

Tijuana River Valley

Nearly 1700 acres of diverse habitats, sports facilities, a bird and butterfly garden, and even a community garden are features of this regional park.
 

 
Waterfront ParkThe Waterfront Park’s diverse spaces can accommodate public and private special events of various sizes, festivals, farmers’ markets, and active and passive family recreation.
 
 
William HeiseMore than 900-acres within its boundaries, this park offers one picnic area and a wedding tree.