What to do in parks near you this summer

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County Parks will be hosting free events through the end of summer and beyond, with something for everyone if you’re looking to get out.

San Diego County Parks and Recreation programs range from yoga to chess and mountain biking. The activities are free, but some require registration.

First, the “Rad Regional Parks” program. Each month of the series focuses on a different public space, with Waterfront Park featured in July and Flinn Springs County Park in East County coming in August.

Here’s a look at two of the remaining events for July (see the full program here):

Yoga by the water

Yoga on the waterfront in San Diego. (Photo: San Diego County Parks and Recreation)

July 18, 5 p.m. | Go to Civic Green 4 with a mat, towel and water

Waterfront Park is as good a place as any to sink.

The Parks Department says it’s an “all-level outdoor class” that will leave you “more connected to your body, breath, and mind.” It will include a Vinyasa flow, restorative stretches and savasana with singing bowls.

If you don’t know what that means, that’s okay – beginners welcome.

Chess with a Ranger

July 24, 9 a.m. | Head to the new chess tables at Waterfront Park

Game of chess with a Ranger (Photo: San Diego County Parks and Recreation)

Meet Supervising Park Ranger Sam, who will guide participants and challenge anyone who wants to take a test. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, and you can also play against a friend.

Perfect for your little brain during summer vacation.

“Ride On” Mountain Bike Challenge

Biking in San Diego County (Photo: Jose Galaz/San Diego County Parks and Recreation)

Rad Regional Parks isn’t the only program underway this summer. The Parks Department, in partnership with REI San Diego and several local organizations, also offers ATV meetups.

The events explore eight popular trails in six county parks and preserves. To participate in the “challenge”, you can ride the courses solo, in a group or with the pros during scheduled appointments.

Meetups are a great way to get expert coaching, and you’ll need to register ahead of time to ensure everyone gets time with the pros, a parks spokesperson explained. Learn more here.

The challenge kicked off Saturday with the Penasquitos Canyon Basic Valley Tour and continues August 20 with the Bonita Valley to Tiki Hut Loop.

Do you want more ?

The County Parks Department also offers “Parks 101”, a series for “beginners” with recreational tips and tricks. Classes include hiking, biking, climbing, camping, fishing, and kayaking.

Check out the county’s full summer 2022 program guide for more ideas.

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