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Hold Your Next Party at a Nearby Park in San Diego

As spring is fast approaching and more and more of our entertaining in San Diego is moving outdoors, it's time to start planning your child's birthday party, family gathering or company picnic at one of the many beautiful and scenic parks in the San Diego region.  While a Party in the Park is a great option, there are various ďIns & OutsĒ involved with planning the party, choosing the best park for your needs, submitting a permit application, and adhering to the various rules and regulations.  After delivering inflatable jumps/slides, tables/chairs, food machines, and other party equipment to so many different parks throughout the area, we'd like to share our knowledge with you in this article, or by calling us at (858) 272-2700.  We know all the best parks for parties in San Diego!


In the San Diego Kids' Party Rentals delivery zone, the major parks are managed by the following organizations:Picnic or Party Gazebo in a Park

All of the parks require a park permit for larger gatherings, which can be obtained at the respective agency. Most also want you to apply for the permit at least 14 to 30 days in advance, but many of the smaller neighborhood parks are able to accommodate reservations without as much advanced notice. 

Most all of the parks have similar rules in that they prohibit alcohol, glass containers (especially at the beach parks), no stakes in the ground, no amplified music, and no nails driven into public property.  Some parks, such as Mission Bay, also prohibit balloons due to the potentially harmful impact they might have on the sea and birdlife. Most also require that if you rent a dunk tank, that the water is removed from the site without pouring it on the grass because of the damage that 350 to 500 gallons of water can do to our typically dry earth.  For your reference, some information about the parks in each area is provided.

City of Carlsbad Parks:


While there are numerous public parks and facilities managed by the City of Carlsbad, there are 8 parks that can be used for pre-reserved family-style parties, company picnics, and other relatively small gatherings.  Some of the useful information about reserving a park area is provided below.
Permit Applications: you must submit your application at least 14 days in advance of your event date. Click for more information on the City of Carlsbad Parks
Permit Fees:  The permit fees are based on hourly rates that vary based on group size, classification category and amount of time requested, with a 3-hour minimum. Generally, the cost is $18/hour for Residents and $24/hour for Non-Residents.  If you want to include an inflatable jump or bounce house at your event, there is an additional fee of $10 for Residents and $20 for Non-Residents.  As of January, 2008, the maximum allowable size for a jump house is 15' x 15'. 
Vendors:  Any company supplying equipment or services at your event needs to be listed as an approved vendor by listing the City of Carlsbad as additionally insured on their $1 million insurance policy. San Diego Kids' Party Rentals is already listed as an approved vendor for the City of Carlsbad Parks.
The Carlsbad parks that allow group reservations and bounce houses are described below.

Aviara Community Park

6435 Ambrosia Lane,  Call Jim at (760) 931-6528 for information and reservations.

This park has 5 designated covered and lighted picnic shelters and there are 2 electrical outlets per picnic area. For those of you who want to include an inflatable jump at your party, this is great news because with the electricity you don't need to rent a generator, which could mean a savings of $50 or more.  This is the only park with available electric -- but, the circuits blow if you plug in too many items (e.g. a bounce house and a popcorn machine), so request that your jump company brings low-voltage blowers. The park also features an expansive ďTot LotĒ, and ball fields.



Calavera Park

2997 Glasgow Drive.  Call Jesse at (760) 602-4680 for information & reservations.

This 16-acre park features a grassy lawn area with picnic tables, barbecues, and  a shade structure



Holiday Park

Chestnut Street & Pio Pico Drive, Call Brian at (760) 602-7513 for information and to reserve This 5.9 acre park features horseshoe pits, tot lot play area, a picnic area, and rest rooms, and plenty of tree shade.  Reservations can be made for the gazebo or picnic area.



La Costa Canyon Park

Corner of Pueblo Street and Rana Court.  Call Eric at (760) 602-4690 for more information.  The park has a tot lot, sand volleyball court, two lighted tennis courts, basketball court and picnic area. Heavy vegetation surrounds the park, which makes it a nice spot to just relax or participate in your favorite recreational activity.



Laguna Riviera Park

Located at the corner of Kelly and Park Drive, this is a smaller park



Magee House & Park

258 Beech Ave, Call Brian at (760) 602-7513 for information and reservations

This is a small and cute community park that has the picnic area and restrooms, but few other amenities.  While there isnít a playground, it does tend to stay less crowded on the busy weekends.



Poinsettia Park

6600 Hidden Valley Rd., Call Jim at (760) 931-6528



Stagecoach Park

3420 Camino de los Coches, Call Eric at (760) 602-4690 for information and reservations.




For more details, check out the City of Carlsbad Parks & Planning Department website.  

City of Chula Vista Parks:

The City of Chula Vista operates over 50 Community and Neighborhood Parks, of which 25 allow inflatable jump houses.  Chula Vista has strict rules on the type of jumps they allow in that they cannot be bigger than 15í x 16í, they must be all enclosed, and they cannot have a slide.  The jumps require a generator, but they do not permit any other machines to be plugged into the generator except the blower for the jump (e.g. no popcorn, cotton candy, or snow cone machines).

If you wish to make a park reservation, you can go to their On-Line Reservation Site, or go in-person to the City of Chula Vista Public Works Center at 1800 Maxwell Road. The office is open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday-Friday. Or, call (619) 397-6197 to speak to someone at the Parks Reservation Desk.  All reservations are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, but they must be made at least 2 days prior to your event.

Reservations: The reservation fee is $30 for Residents of Chula Vista and $60 for Non-Residents.  Other security deposits will be required, but will be refundable if there is no damage or excessive cleaning required. The reservation allows one to reserve a gazebo or an uncovered picnic area.  On the morning of your event, park rangers will post a reserved notice on the park facilities that have been reserved in advance. All other park facilities that are not reserved on the day of use are open to the public on a first come, first served basis at no charge.

A few of the larger parks that are located in Chula Vista are actually operated by the Unified San Diego Port District (e.g. Marina View Park, Bayside Park and Pier, and Chula Vista Bayfront Park)  See the section for the Port District below for more details.  Shown below are the  Chula Vista Community and Neighborhood parks that allow jump houses. 
Chula Vista Community Parks:

Chula Vista Community Park -

1060 Eastlake Parkway



Discovery Park

700 Buena Vista Way

Eucalyptus Park

Fourth Ave & C Street

Greg Rogers Park

1189 Oleander Ave

Rohr Park

4548 Sweetwater Road

Veteranís Park

785 East Palomar

Montevalle Park

840 Duncan Road, Chula Vista, CA   91914

Salt Creek Park

2710 Otay Lakes Road

Chula Vista Neighborhood Parks:

Bonita Long Canyon Park -

1745 Coltridge Lane



Cottonwood Park

1778 East Palomar Street



Explorer Park

Ranch Del Rey Prkwy & Norella St

Harborhood Park

670 Oxford Street

Harvest  Park

1550 East Palomar Street

Hilltop Park

780 Hilltop Drive

Los Ninos Park

150 Teal Street



MacKenzie Creek Park

2775 MacKenzie Creek Road


Marisol Park - 916 Rancho Del Rey Parkway

Otay Park - 1613 Albany Ave


S.D.G. & E. Park - 1450 Hilltop Drive


Sunridge Park- 952 Beechglen


Terra Nova Park - 450 Hidden Vista Drive


Voyager Park - 1178 East J Street


City of Coronado Parks:


Although the City of Coronado manages numerous park, only the 5 parks listed below allow private parties and company picnics with inflatable jump houses.  Additionally, Tidelands Park, which is located under the Coronado Bridge, is available for parties, but it is managed by the San Diego Port District.


If you are planning to have 20 or more people, or a jump house, then you will need to apply for an event permit. The permit is issued on a first-come, first-serve basis and only 1 permit is issued per venue per day.

Permit Application:  Reservations are not taken more than three months in advance and can be obtained by calling the Recreation Administration office at (619) 522-7342.

Permit Fees:  there are various fees/deposits involved with hosting a party at a Coronado Park. In general there is a $100 Park Use Fee, a $110 cost of purchasing a special liability insurance policy, and a refundable $100 cleaning deposit and $200 damage deposit.

Vendors:  Any company supplying equipment or services at your event needs to be listed as an approved vendor by listing the City of Coronado as additionally insured on their $1 million insurance policy. San Diego Kids' Party Rentals is already listed as an approved vendor for the City of Coronado Parks.

For your reference, a brief description of the parks that allow jump houses for private parties and company picnics, is provided below.



Coronado Cays Park

Located along the Silver Strand near Coronado Cays Boulevard and Grand Caribe Causeway, this 6-acre park also borders San Diego Harbor.


Glorietta Bay Park - Located south of the Municipal Pool on Strand Way, this 2+ acre park features a fabulous view of Glorietta Bay, the Coronado Bridge, and across to San Diego.  The park facilities include a grassy play area, playground equipment, restrooms, a small  sandy beach, and free parking.
Mathewson Park- This 1-acre park is bordered by Adella and Pomona avenues and Park View Place, it was named for former city clerk, A.A. Mathewson

North Cays Parks - A two-acre park at the north tip of the Cays



Spreckels Park
This 8-acre park is located in the center of Coronado on Orange Avenue between Sixth and Seventh Streets and features large grassy areas, a playground and a gazebo that is the site of many community events (e.g. summer concers, flower shows, art festivals, etc).  Before deciding on this park, itís best to see what other events might be schedule on your day so that you donít have too much competition for parking or itís not too noisy/crowded. 


City of La Mesa Parks:
There are numerous parks in the City of La Mesa Parks, however, none of them provide electricity or water source.  All of the parks are smoke and alcohol free.  In order to have an inflatable jump at the following parks that allow it, a permit is required.  The permit is $40 and does not have any size limitations.  There are no permits required for 10x10 or 12x12 canopies, any canopy over those sized please call to see if a permit is required.  San Diego Kids Party Rentals is listed as an "approved vendor" for the City of La Mesa Parks and Recreation and they should have our insurance information on file.
Permit Applications Available From:  La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Ave., La Mesa, Ca. 91941, 619-463-6611losed



Aztec Park

Located at 7945 Morocco Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942, this park features 3.96 acres with picnic tables, barbeques, open grass play area and restrooms.  Street parking only.



Briercrest Park

Located at 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, CA 91941. This park features beautiful gardens and walkways, tables, benches, tot play area, and street parking. Inflatable jumps are NOT allowed at this park.



 Collier Park

 Located at 4401 Palm Avenue, 91941; this 7.7 acre park features lighted tennis courts, large play and picnic areas with picnic tables and barbecues. Parking for 25 cars.



Harry Griffen Park

Located at 9550 Milden Street, 91941 near Grossmont High School. This regional park is one of the largest parks in La Mesa, featuring 53 acres of jogging paths, play areas, and shaded picnic areas.  The park also features a 360-seat amphitheatre for larger celebrations and parking for 180 cars. Inflatable jumps are allowed at the park, just not at the far end by the dog park.  For additional information call (619) 667-1307, Ext. 53  

Highwood Park

Located at 775 Junior High Dr. , 91941 and adjacent to La Mesa Middle School; this 8.0 acre park features tot lots, shaded picnic area with tables, benches, barbecues and restrooms.  Parking for 42 cars. An amphither and tennis courts can also be available through La Mesa Middle School.


Jackson Park

Located at 5870 Jackson Drive, 91942. This park features tot lots, grass play areas and shaded picnic areas with tables and barbecues, benches and restrooms.  Parking for 21 cars

La Mesita Park & Jr. Seau Sports Complex

Located at 8855 Dallas Street / 9009 Park Plaza Drive, 91942. This park and sports complex features

full-sized lighted ball fields and football/soccer fields, which are available by permit only. Please contact the Facilities Divisionat 619.667.1307 to obtain permits.  It also offers 4 lighted tennis courts, tot lots, picnic areas, outdoor concrete basketball courts, large contrete pad (walking or roller stating), a skate park, and restrooms. Parking for 80 cars at La Mesita Park



MacArther Park

Located at the corner of University Avenue and Memorial Drive, 4975 Memorial Drive, 91941. This larger park feature a wide range of offerings, such as the community center, recreation center, pool, picnic areas with tables, and barbecues. The Sun Valley Golf Course is also included as part of this park. Parking for 290 cars. To rent the Community Center for an event, call (619) 667-1307.



Northmont Park

Located at 6030 Severin Drive and the corner of Amaya Drive in the 91942 zip code area. This 5-acre park featues tot lots, walking and jogging paths, volleyball courts, benches, turfed play and picnic areas with table, barbecues and restrooms. Parking for 10 cars.

Porter Park

Located at 8425 University Avenue, 91941. This park offers gazebos, picnic areas with tables, benches and restrooms.  Parking for 21 cars (4 disabled spaces) 



Rolando Park

Alamo Way and Vigo Drive, 6600 Vigo Drive

Rolando Park is 3.56 acres that offers two baseball fields with concession stands, tot lots, picnic areas with tables, benches, barbecues and restrooms.  Parking for 40 cars.


Sunshine Park

 4554 70th Street at the corner of Tower Street, 91941. This sunny park has 2.31 acres of turfed mulit-purpose sports fields, picnic areas with barbecues and restrooms. Street parking only.

Sunset Park

Located at 5540 Lake Park Way, La Mesa, CA 91942, This park offers multipurpose sports fields, basketaball courts, off-street jogging, tot lots, picnic tables, with benches, barbecues and restrooms. Parking for 50 cars.



Vista La Mesa Park

Located at the intersection of King Street and Hoffman Street. This park features Little League Fields, Tot Lots, Lawn Area, Horseshoe Pits, and restrooms.  Parking for 25 cars.


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