Swimmers and sunlovers are drawn to the excellent surf conditions and soft sand San Diego beaches offer.

The City's reservoirs provide a variety of outdoor activities, such as boating, fishing, and hiking. El Capitan is the only reservoir that allows the use of personal watercraft , such as jetskis. Lake Hodges offeres a unique setting to enjoy Windsurfing.

Swim, splash and play with the Park & Recreation Aquatics Program .

San Diego's miles and miles of publicly owned open space and preserves provide outdoor recreation and scenic beauty.

Recreation centers throughout the City offer a variety of recreational activities.

The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department operates three municipal golf courses . Torrey Pines, Balboa Park, and Mission Bay Golf Course and Practice Center.

The City of San Diego is proud to host hundreds of special events each year. See this week's Special Events.

Mission Bay Park , the West Coast's largest aquatic park, covers more than 4,000 acres and offers a wide range of recreational activities.

Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses nearly 5,800 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas for hiking and overnight camping.

San Diego Arts and Cultural

The City of National City offers a variety of facilities to suit your needs. Most are conveniently located in city parks and are easy to find. You may reserve a facility, picnic area, multi-purpose field, or softball/baseball diamond for exclusive use. However, when not reserved, some areas (such as picnic areas and softball diamonds) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a facility please call the Community Services Department at (619) 336-4290.

Reservation Information

National City Parks are available for use on a first come, first served basis. There are no reservations for tables or special locations. For groups with 100+ participants a "Use of Facility" application must be filed for approval by the Department Director within at least a week prior to the event. For a large-scale event with music, entertainment or food sales, a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) application must be obtained from Neighborhood Services (URL: Page 102), located at City Hall, 1243 National City Boulevard (619) 336-4210

Sports Field Rental

A “Use of Facility” application must be submitted at least two weeks in advance for approval by the Director of Community Services. National City ball fields are rented based on City Council Policy which gives priority use to National City residents. If use of field lights is required, there will be a fee of $20.00 per hour for non-residents or $10.00 per hour for residents. (2 hour minimum)

Facility Rental

A “Use of Facility” application must be submitted at least two weeks in advance for approval by the Director of Community Services. Insurance will be required either through using organization insurance, insurance acceptable to the risk manager, or through the purchase of event insurance through the City with a minimum limit of $1,000,000. Please click on the "Field and Facility Rental Information" page for pictures and rental information. For additional information including fees, please contact the Community Services Department (619) 336-4290.

Inflatable Jumps

Inflatable jumps are not allowed in National City Parks without an approved “Use of Facility” application and a $1,000,000 insurance requirement. The City of National City requires that the company from whom the inflatable jump is being rented mail or fax a certificate of insurance which states that the City of National City is additionally insured. The application must be completed at least one week in advance for approval. No application will be approved without a mailed or faxed certificate of insurance. There is a $25 processing fee (cash only, no checks) to obtain the required permit.

PLEASE NOTE: Inflatable jumps are only allowed at Las Palmas Park and are limited to three jumps at any one time.


Camacho Gym Camacho Recreation Center & Las Palmas Park
1810 East 22nd Street
(619) 336-6756
1:00p.m. – 10:00p.m. Monday – Thursday
1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Friday
9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Closed on all National and City Holidays Hours and programs subject to change without notice
Casa de Salud Casa de Salud Recreation Center
1408 E. Harding Avenue
(619) 336-6757
3:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed Saturday, Sunday, and all holidays
El Toyon Park El Toyon Recreation Center, Park, & Sports Facility
2005 E. 4th Street
(619) 472-6486 or (619) 472-6487
2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed weekends and holidays
Various classes and activities scheduled days and evenings
Kimball Park Playground

Kimball Park & Recreation Center
148 E. 12th Street
(619) 336-6754
3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed weekends and holidays
Various classes and activities scheduled days and evenings


Kimball Park Skate Park
16th and B Avenue
Dawn to Dusk
Open 7 days a week

Kimball Sr. Ctr Kimball Senior Center
1221 “D” Avenue
(619) 336-6760
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
140 E. 12th Street
(619) 336-4290
For rental information, call Community Services Department at (619) 336-4290


Butterfly Park
Palm Ave. and E. 22nd St.


Paradise Creek Park
Coolidge Ave. and W. 19th St.

Welcome to Community Services

Community Services Counter Hours
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: City Offices Closed

FREE Youth (ages 1-18) DENTAL CLINIC Feb. 27th Flyer English (PDF)
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Youth Basketball Registration (PDF)
Youth Basketball Registration Flyer Espanol (PDF)
Camacho Gym
1810 E. 22nd St.
National City, CA 91950

Welcome to the homepage of the City's Community Services Department. Our office is located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Suite B, 140 East 12th Street.

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We pride ourselves in providing high quality facilities, services and cost effective programs which enhance the quality of life and encourage healthy living for community residents. Our mission is to provide excellent customer service and planning for the City's open space and facilities and celebrate the community's diversity through social, cultural, and civic activities for youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Community Services Department consists of Recreation, Senior Services, Neighborhood Councils, Nutrition, and Cultural Arts.

Contact Information

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Suite B, 140 East 12th Street
National City, CA. 91950-4301
(619) 336-4290

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