On any given day, you can see kids practicing their monkey bar skills, building skyscrapers with sand, and learning to pump their legs on the swings.  Teenagers will be caught playing hoops, and adults have been spotted from early morning until later in the evening partaking in fitness regiments.  You’ll also see young and old taking in the breathtaking views, celebrating special events under a host of gazebos, playing Frisbee with man’s best friend and flying kites as high as can be.   All of this happens at the local parks in Rancho Penasquitos.

Most community members have taken advantage of the multitude of parks in their own backyard, which is one reason so many are attracted to the PQ community.  The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Dept. obviously strives to keep the grounds of the local parks up to date with modern structures and in top shape.

Among the park facilities available to PQ residents and visitors:

Hilltop Recreation Center is a stellar park for all ages.  The park, dedicated in 1998, includes an ample playground for children along with a large open space park.  The multipurpose room with kitchen, craft room and meeting rooms are well utilized and available for reservations.  It is known, also, to have the only lit basketball courts in the area.  The gazebo, amphitheater and fitness course surrounding the center allows for multitude of activity.  With the breathtaking views of downtown and the ocean on clear days, it is no wonder why so many photographers claim this spot as their background.

Canyonside Recreation Center, dedicated on November 30, 1993, is certainly a favorite of the community.  The center, off of Black Mountain Road, is host of many PQ sporting events.   The soccer, baseball, softball fields as well as the tennis courts are used heavily during the day, but also in the evening as lighting is in place.   It is also home to two indoor basketball courts, a multipurpose room, meeting rooms, park areas for picnics, and, of course, multiple play areas for children.  This year, the PQ 4th of July Fireworks show – at Westview High School – can be seen clearly on July 2.

[pullquote_left]’We Enrich Lives Through Quality Parks and Programs’

~City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department[/pullquote_left]

Black Mountain Multi-Purpose Center, off of Oviedo St., is one of several “joint use” facilities in the city of San Diego.  This multipurpose center is shared with Black Mountain Middle School.  Camps and activities occur at this facility after school as well as on Saturdays.  One can also catch a game of “Open Play Badminton” on Wednesdays between 6:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m.

Another hot spot in the community for those on wheels is the Rancho Penasquitos Skate Park.  The park is open every day of the week from 10 a.m. until dusk.  Skaters and rollerbladers have populated this park off of Carmel Mountain Road with their skills since its establishment.