Staying fit, enjoying the great outdoors, and just frolic will soon be cooler and funnier in 18 county parks after board approves the installation of new umbrellas and play equipment.

District overseers unanimously voted Wednesday to spend $ 1.4 million on installing 11 fabric shade sail structures in 10 county parks to keep visitors cool and extend the life of playground equipment, and about $ 3.6 million Spend US dollars to install 12 new or replacement playgrounds in 10 parks. Two parks in El Cajon, Flinn Springs County Park and Steele Canyon County Park, will receive umbrellas and play equipment.

County Parks officials expect construction of the new facilities to begin this summer and be operational by the fall.

The 18 parks are located in nine parishes – Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon, Julian, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Ramona, San Diego, and Spring Valley – and range from the size of one and a half acre Hillsdale County Park in El Cajon 929 acre William Heise County Park in Julian.

The County Parks and Recreation Department operates 150 facilities mostly in unregistered county, 56,000 acres of parkland and more than 380 miles of hiking trails. Facilities include local and regional parks, camping parks, historic parks, fishing lakes, and nature reserves. The county also owns the grounds of the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas.

County Parks operates more than 100 playgrounds in parks that are open year-round to promote health and wellbeing. Many of these playgrounds are located in communities that can get hot – over 100 degrees – in the summer, which can prevent people from using them during the hottest times of the day. New shade structures over these play areas will make it easier to beat the heat and enjoy the parks. The shade sails also prevent the sun’s ultraviolet rays from damaging the playground equipment, thereby extending their lifespan.

The new playground equipment will replace existing playgrounds or parts of existing playgrounds between the ages of 11 and 43 years. The new playgrounds will meet or exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to be accessible to all.

Here is a list of all the parks and planned improvements:

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Eucalyptus County Park: 9125 Edgewood Drive, Spring Valley. The park offers a gazebo, open lawns, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, and playgrounds. The project will add new shadow structures to the existing preschool and school playgrounds.

Goodland Acres County Park: 8848 Troy Street, Spring Valley. The park offers picnic areas, a basketball court, and a playground. The project will add new shadow structures to the existing school-age playground.

Hilton Head County Park: 1605 Hilton Head Road, El Cajon. The park offers a multi-purpose sports field, basketball courts, exercise stations, shaded picnic areas, a paddling pool, and a playground. The project will add new shadow structures to the existing preschool and school playgrounds.

Lamar County Park: 3180 Bancroft Drive, Spring Valley. The park offers a gazebo, open lawns, an off-leash dog area, picnic areas, and a playground. The project will add new shadow structures to the existing school-age playground.

4S Ranch Liberty County Park: 17750 Hunters Ridge Road, 4S Ranch Ward, San Diego. The park offers a gazebo, open lawns, ball field, basketball court, picnic areas, and a playground. The project adds a new shadow structure to the existing schoolyard.

4S Ranch Patriot Park: 10502 Paseo De Linda, 4S Ranch Ward, San Diego. The park offers a walking / hiking trail, open lawns, a basketball court, picnic areas, and a playground. The project adds a new shadow structure to the existing schoolyard.

Pine Valley County Park: 28810 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley. The park offers a multi-sports field, basketball court, tennis court practice, gazebo, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, and playground. The project adds a new shadow structure to the existing schoolyard.

San Dieguito County Park: 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar. The park features a baseball field, basketball courts, a wedding pavilion, shaded picnic areas, hiking trails, and a playground. The project adds a new shadow structure to the existing schoolyard.

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Agua Caliente County Park: 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route from 1849, Julian. The park offers the public a variety of recreational activities and amenities, including natural spring baths, picnic areas, hiking trails, and tent, cabin, and RV sites. The project will replace a 43 year old playground that was removed as part of a previous park improvement project. The new playground will be installed under a raised solar panel that will shade the playground.

From Peaks County Park: 17583 Dos Picos Park Street, Ramona. The park offers camping, fishing, soccer fields, enclosed gazebos, picnic areas, playgrounds, and horseshoe pits. The project will replace parts of an existing 15 year old playground with new play equipment and add a new playground for children aged 2 to 5 years.

Hillsdale County Park: 1301 Brabham, El Cajon. The park offers picnic areas and two playgrounds. The project will replace the two existing 26-year-old playgrounds with new playground equipment.

Lakeside Baseball Park: 10030 Marathon Parkway, lakeside. The park has four baseball fields, a playground, and a multi-purpose path. The project will replace the existing 11 year old playground with a new playground with baseball play equipment.

Lindo Lake County Park: 12660 Lindo Lane, seaside. The park offers a softball field, tennis courts, picnic areas, a dance ramada, a skate park, fitness stations, multi-purpose paths, a lake, a butterfly garden and playgrounds. The project will replace two existing 15 year old playgrounds with new playground equipment.

Otay Lakes County Park: 2270 Desert Road, Chula Vista. The park offers a variety of recreational activities and amenities to the public, including hiking trails, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, native plants and demonstration gardens, and two playgrounds. The playgrounds are located near a butterfly garden and under jacaranda trees that provide natural shade. The project will replace the two existing 20-year-old playgrounds with new playgrounds that include playground equipment with butterfly and tree motifs.

Vallecito County Park: 37349 Great Southern Overland Stage Route from 1849, Julian in the Anza Borrego Desert. The park offers the public a variety of recreational activities and amenities, including the reconstructed historic Butterfield Stage Station, hiking trails, and tent and riding areas. The existing playground is over 40 years old. Regular maintenance and repairs can no longer extend the lifespan of the playground. The project will replace the existing 43-year-old playground with a new playground with desert play equipment.

William Heise County Park: 4945 Heise Parkstrasse, Julian. The park offers camping, hiking and riding trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. The project will replace the existing 15 year old playground with a new playground.

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Flinn Springs County Park: 14787 Old Highway 80, El Cajon. The park offers hiking trails, ball fields, picnic areas, a wedding pavilion, two playgrounds, and a swing area. The project will add new shadow structures to the existing school-age playground. In addition, parts of the existing 18-year-old play and swing area will be replaced with new play equipment.

Steele Canyon County Park: 2925 Steele Canyon Road, El Cajon. The park offers a multi-sports field, tennis courts, basketball courts, shaded picnic areas, and playgrounds. The project will expand the existing playgrounds in preschool and school age with new shadow structures. It will also replace the existing 20 year old playground with a new one.

For more information about county parks, visit County Parks and Recreation Website.