The return to Standard Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd means that many San Diego parks and facilities may be reducing their hours. Several areas lock gates and parking lots earlier than during Daylight Savings Time in the spring and summer. Here are a few places that may be changing their hours after the time change so that you don’t get locked in after dark.
Lake Murray will be shutting gates to the parking lot at 6:30 p.m. starting this Sunday. This means that all cars must be out of the parking lot by then or risk getting locked in overnight. The early closing affects both parking lots: one off of Kiowa Drive and the other on the north side of the lake near the ball fields off of Golfcrest. The lake will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists when the gates are closed. Gates will open at their regular time in the morning, usually around 5:30 a.m.
Mission Trails Regional Park will begin to close their gates earlier after the change to Standard Time. They will close all access gates at about 5 p.m. in all areas of the park that allow vehicles. This includes the gates to Father Junipero Serra Trail and the visitor center's parking lot. All vehicles not removed from gated areas will be locked in over night. They will reopen in the morning at 8 a.m.
Chollas Lake Park on College Grove Drive will still open at its usual time of 6 a.m., but will close a half hour before sunset near the lake and an hour before sunset for North Chollas Lake Park. Starting this Sunday, they will lock the gates for North Chollas Lake Park as early as 4 p.m. and the lake area at 4:30 p.m.
Border Field Park in the South Bay will close their gates at 5 p.m. beginning November 1st. There is no change to the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve’s hours which will remain 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Other local parks may reduce their hours during the winter months. It’s best to check with them before visiting.