Welcome to Mt. Helix Park -- the "Crown Jewel of East County"

Mt. Helix Park is recognized as one of San Diego County's most magnificent landmarks, where people come for spectacular views of San Diego, family picnics, romantic weddings and simply relaxing in the quiet beauty of the area.

Have you ever experienced that sense of wonder when, while out enjoying the splendor of the day, you find your eye drawn to a ridge top or mountain peak?  Did you think "I wonder what's up there?" or "Are we allowed to go up? "Welcome, then, to your very own "mountain peak."  Come up to the top—you're very welcome. 

Many people come every day to enjoy the peace, serenity, and amazing views high atop Mt. Helix.  Bring your picnic (please leave the barbeque at home).  Bring your friends and family.  Mt. Helix Park can even become an unforgettable venue for some of your special events. We invite you to learn more about Mt. Helix Park.  As you journey through this web site, discover how to use the Park, enjoy it, and allow it to play a role in your memories for years to come.  Also make sure to check out the Activities page to find out more about the annual heART of Mt. Helix and other programming.

There is limited parking at the top of the hill and additional parking in the fields at the corner of Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera.  Feel free to use the lots when enjoying the Park.  Dogs are welcome and there is a special drinking fountain just for them near the kiosk.  Please make sure your dog is under your control at all times and clean up after your pet.  Mutt bags are located on the east side of the kiosk.

 
Easter Sunrise Service

 This Easter sunrise celebration marked the 90th in the Park's amphitheater; the first was held April 12, 1925.  Thank you to those who attended and to Foothills United Methodist Church for hosting the event.  To read more about the event and its historic roots in the community in a comprehensive article published by the Union Tribune click here.
 
Spring Art Camp


Art Smarts returned to Mt. Helix Park this spring break to host Art In The Park camp for kids ages 5 to 12.  The camp, which coincided with the La Mesa Spring Valley and San Diego School District's spring break, gave kids the opportunity to develop their creative skills from atop Mt. Helix Park.  Look for upcoming Art Smarts kids camps in the Park on our "Activities" page. 


 
New Executive Director hired

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mt. Helix resident Nicole Roberts has been hired as the new Foundation Executive Director.  Nicole has served as the Entertainment Chair for the heART of Mt. Helix event for the past six years and brings a strong background in public relations, marketing and events. Her official first day will be March 2.

"We will miss Tracey Stotz as she moves on to the next phase of her life - working in residential real estate - but greatly appreciate the leadership she has provided the past seven plus years," said Board President Mark Allan. Stotz will continue to volunteer with special projects but won't be running the day-to-day operations.

 
heART of Mt. Helix

 

Keep a piece of the hill close to your heart with a Mt. Helix Park graphic T-shirt designed by local watercolorist Chuck McPherson and printed by Think Your T-shirtThink Your T-shirt is donating all the proceeds of the first 50 sold and every t-shirt you order benefits Mt. Helix Park.  Order online by clicking here.  All orders ship in two weeks.

 

  

 
Gardening Team

How would you like to be a part of our gardening team?

You don’t have to be a master gardener to love the idea of getting outdoors and enjoying the rewards of working with plants.  We are looking for volunteers to help us plant and water newly donated plants until they are established.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to help, for more information, or to sign up, contact Peggy Junker at (619) 741-4363 or email pjunker@mthelixpark.orgFor updates on Mt. Helix Garden Party activities in the Park see our webpage.

 
Donations

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mt. Helix resident Nicole Roberts has been hired as the new Foundation Executive Director.  Nicole has served as the Entertainment Chair for the heART of Mt. Helix event for the past six years and brings a strong background in public relations, marketing and events. Her official first day will be March 2.

"We will miss Tracey Stotz as she moves on to the next phase of her life - working in residential real estate - but greatly appreciate the leadership she has provided the past seven plus years," said Board President Mark Allan. Stotz will continue to volunteer with special projects but won't be running the day-to-day operations.

 

 
The Basics

The Park is located at 4905 Mt. Helix Drive in San Diego County between La Mesa and El Cajon.

 DRIVING DIRECTIONS.

The Park office is located under the amphitheatre stage.  Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am - noon except as indicated on the calendar page under the "Activities, heart of Mt. Helix, Calendar" tab.

The mailing address is 4901 Mt. Helix Drive, La Mesa, CA.  91941.

The phone number is (619) 741-4363

Park hours:

Winter (Nov. 1 - Feb. 28/29) 5:30 am - 6 pm
Spring (March 1 - May 31) 5:30 am - 8 pm
Summer (June 1 - August 31) 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fall (Sept. 1 - October 31) 5:30 am - 7 pm

For special Park closures check the calendar page.

 
West Nile Virus

Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Your

Neighborhood From West Nile Virus

 

Prevent!

· Dump out standing water from around your home - mosquitoes only need a 1/2 inch of water to develop. Request mosquito fish, free of charge, for ponds, fountains, green pools and spas.

 

Protect!

· Use a repellent with DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, Picaridin, or IR3535 from dusk to dawn

 

· Repair torn window and door screens

 

Report!

· Dead birds (crows, jays, hawks, and owls), green swimming pools, other mosquito breeding sources, and mosquito activity to Vector Control:

         

(858) 694-2888

vector@sdcounty.ca.gov

www.sdvector.com

 
Drought Alert

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts on record.  To make sure we are doing everything possible to conserve water, the San Diego County Water Authority has provided the following link to help.  Thank you for doing your part. sdcwa.org

 
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