Park Permits


  • Parks are open 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, except for Harry Griffen Park and Mac Arthur Park which open at 7:00 am and close one hour after dusk.
  • No overnight parking or camping in any park (see Municipal Code sections 9.08-140 and 9.08.153.)
  • Dogs must remain on leash except at the off-leash dog run located in Harry Griffen Park
  • All parks are smoke-free environments. No alcoholic beverages without special permit
  • A Special Event Permit is required for groups of 25 or more, and for special use such as astrojumps
  • Approved Bounce House Vendor list
  • Reservable picnic areas are available at Aztec Park, Harry Griffen Park and La Mesita Park 
  • A Commercial Use of Public Recreational Property Permit is required for all commercial operators conducting business in City parks - Commercial Use Policy & Permit Application
  • See Park Policies for more information
  • Alcoholic Beverage Policy Procedure and Permit

Obtain permits through Community Services Facilities Division at 619.667.1307, reserve online, or email 

Regional Recreational Facilities

La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation

Visit our non-profit partner, the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation.