Free Sandbags for City of San Diego Residents

City Makes Sandbags Easier to Acquire

With the potential for more El Niño rains in the months ahead, the City of San Diego is making it easier for City residents to receive free sandbags. The City is moving sandbag distribution from fire stations to selected recreation centers in each City Council District. The new plan will ensure that the sandbags are readily available in advance of potential storms.

“The City’s Fire-Rescue Department handled sandbag distribution and gave out more than 70,000 bags over a three month period between November and January,” said Fire-Rescue spokesperson Captain Joe Amador. “While we were proud to serve our neighbors, we couldn’t always be on site to hand out bags when crews were out on calls,” he said. “The new distribution plan will ensure that the sandbags are available on a regular schedule and in convenient locations,” said Amador.

Starting immediately, those presenting proof of residency can get up to 10 empty sandbags from centrally located recreation centers. Residents offering identification showing their home street address can pick-up bags between 1 pm and 7 pm Monday through Friday and from noon until 2 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Before rains begin again is the best time to prepare.

Learn more:

Council District 1

Standley Recreation Center 

3585 Governor Drive, San Diego CA 92122


Council District 2

Robb Athletic Field

2525 Bacon St., SD CA 92107


Council District 3

Golden Hill Recreation Center

2600 Golf Course Dr., SD CA 92102


Council District 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center

6401 Skyline Dr., SD CA 92114


Council District 5

Scripps Ranch Recreation Center

11454 Blue Cypress Drive, San Diego CA 92131


Council District 6

North Clairemont Recreation Center

4421 Bannock Ave., SD CA 92117

Council District 7

Allied Gardens Recreation Center

5155 Greenbrier Ave., SD CA 92120


Council District 8

San Ysidro Community Activity Center

179 Diza Rd., San Diego, SD CA 92173


Council District 9

City Heights Recreation Center

4380 Landis St., SD CA 92105

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