Parks and Recreation

Neighborhood Parks

Balboa Park, the crown jewel of San Diego, is made up of more than 1000 acres and offers fifteen museums, various gardens, arts and international culture associations, as well as the San Diego Zoo, making it a magnificent collection of historical, horticultural, educational and recreational resources. Just minutes away from downtown San Diego and forming the western border of Greater North Park, the park attracts approximately 14 million visitors each year. Displays of internationally significant art treasures, exotic animal species, unique model railroads, world folk art, sports memorabilia and rare aircraft – just to name a few – are on view in the Park’s museums. Many of the museums along Balboa Park’s Prado are housed in magnificent Spanish Colonial Revival buildings, originally constructed for the 1915–1916 Panama-California Exposition. This was the first time that this richly decorated, highly ornamental architectural style had ever been designed and constructed in the United States. Balboa Park is also renowned for its brilliant displays of seasonal flowers, shady groves of trees, and meandering paths through rolling lawns.

North Park Community Park, located at 4044 Idaho Street, is an eight acre park featuring lighted baseball fields and tennis courts, shuffleboard, picnic and play areas, and a recreation building. The park is bounded by Howard Avenue, 28th Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Oregon Street. The baseball field is named for Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who grew up in the North Park community. North Park Recreation Center facilities include an indoor gymnasium with a wood floor, an outdoor gymnasium, a multi-purpose field, a craft room, a meeting room, racquetball and shuffleboard courts, and a Teen Center. For more information call: (619) 235-1152

Montclair Park consists of approximately nine acres, and is located south of Quince Street and next to Interstate 805. Montclair Park was formed by the road bed of the Old Wabash Highway (Nile Street today) which ran all the way to the US-Mexican border.

Theatre Plaza Mini-Park (proposed site) The proposed Theatre Plaza Mini-Park envisions a passive mini park behind the renovated North Park Theatre, complimented by adjacent streetscape improvements and joint use facilities at Jefferson Elementary School. The San Diego Redevelopment Agency owns the .5 acre parking lot directly south of and adjacent to the theatre. This parcel of land is planned to transform into an urban pocket park to serve theatre patrons as well as the burgeoning surrounding restaurant/retail district. In Oct 2009, the City Council/ Redevelopment Agency approved $250,000 for design of the park and streetscaping.

Recreational Activities

  • Balboa Park Golf Course
    2600 Golf Course Dr., San Diego, CA 92102
  • Balboa Tennis Club
    2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104
  • Morley Field Dog Park
    Alabama St. and Morley Field Dr., 92104
  • Morley Field Disc Golf Course
    3090 Pershing Dr., San Diego, CA 92104
  • Morley Field Sports Complex
    2221 Morley Field Dr., San Diego, CA 92104
  • North Park Recreation Center
    4044 Idaho St., San Diego, CA 92014
  • San Diego Velodrome
    2972-3268 Florida Dr., San Diego, CA 92104

City of San Diego Park and Recreation Dept
(619) 685-1300