City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Environment
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Sports & Recreation


2130 Pan American PlazaSan Diego, CA 92101 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To acquire, develop, operate, and maintain a park and recreation system which enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors alike, and preserves it for future generations.


San Diego's Park and Recreation Department is responsible for overseeing nearly 40,000 acres of developed and undeveloped open space, more than 340 parks including Balboa Park, Mission Trails Regional Park, and Mission Bay Park; 25 miles of shoreline from Sunset Cliffs to La Jolla; 13 pools; 3 public golf complexes; 56 recreation centers and more. Park and recreation professionals and volunteers host hundreds of community events each year and provide safe places for thousands of children to go after school. City employees and volunteers take great pride to enrich the lives of others through quality parks and programs, designed and developed so that people of all ages, abilities and income levels have the chance to participate in excellent recreational opportunities.


Would you recommend City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department?
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by Gracie l. from Santee, CA (September 23, 2019)
Wonderful community event, well organized.
by Tressa S. from Lakeside, CA (February 6, 2019)
Friendly, yet all we had to do was mainly keep the event free of trash. I did this with my teenage daughter and it was nice seeing everyone attending the event having such a good time.
by Alexia L. from Los Angeles, CA (November 20, 2018)
It was a great and heart-warming experience.
by Faith D. (September 25, 2017)
I am a high school student in AVID and will recommend them to sign up to volunteer.
by Nicole S. (August 6, 2017)
Had a great time. Ranger Gabe and Ranger Sonya were really fun to work with.
by Caroline W. from Coronado, CA (April 19, 2017)
It was a great and fun way to help out the community! I liked seeing the kids happy.
by Jason M. (August 10, 2016)
Cleaning Is A Simple Task For Community Service So I Recommend It Alot
by James D. (July 2, 2016)
Very good experience, made a ton of friends, and overall work experience was not only educational, it was fun. Personal provided cold water, and even lemonade. Snacks provided + gardening things.
by Urielle G. from CA (March 19, 2016)
It was pretty fun and awesome. I helped out with the Easter event so I had to deal with kids. The kids were nice as well as the other volunteers.
by Ali M. (October 17, 2015)
It would be nice to have letter of appreciation at the completion of the event. It helps to have documented acknowledgment for volunteer work because it benefits the volunteer in one way or another.
by Arcelia T. from San Diego, CA (December 3, 2014)
I would recommend this to anyone because I love how there's so many choices to choose from. They all work with your schedule and you can pick and choose what you apply for to fit your personality. This is my first time using this website but I'm excited to hear something back so I can start participating.
by Jenna L. (November 15, 2014)
Been fun to help out. Helped set up connecting the garden hoses from the water tank, watered the native plants, and planted some new ones.
by Andres P. from CA (August 3, 2013)
I enjoyed the conservation and restoration aspect of the volunteer work. It gave me a chance to do my part to help the environment and my community.

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