Although Spring Valley shares its name with similar places in Colusa County and El Dorado County in California, the San Diego County community of Spring Valley consists of several neighborhoods, including La Presa, Rancho San Diego, Dictionary Hill, Mount Helix, Bancroft, and Casa de Oro. Although several claims put the Greater Spring Valley area has hosting a population in excess of 100,000 people, Spring Valley and its community officially recognizes just over 59,000 residents in a charming community as part of the East County region of the area.
Named for a natural spring located in the vicinity, Spring Valley was originally home to the Kumeyaay tribe and eventually to Spanish conquerors who used the area for cattle ranching. Today, Spring Valley spans over 13.5 square miles and is situated just eleven miles from the center of downtown San Diego. The Sweetwater Reservoir was completed in 1888 and provides safe water storage to the community. The Sweetwater Reservoir Riding and Hiking Trail that winds around the large body of water is a popular recreational activity.
The La Mesa-Spring Valley school district offers exceptional elementary and middle school opportunities in the city. The district actually serves Spring Valley’s youth with ten elementary schools that are scattered throughout the area. Avondale, Bancroft, Casa de oro, Highlands, La Presa, Rancho, Spring Valley, and Sweetwater Springs are some of the larger elementary campuses. Parkway Middle School, La Mesa Middle School, La Presa Middle School, and Spring Valley Middle School are the area’s four primary schools for students in grades six through eight. Spring Valley’s high schoolers take classes at one of four campuses, including Grossmont High School, Monte Visa High, Mount Miguel High School, or Steele Canyon High School, all part of the Grossmont Union High School District. Regardless of campus, Spring Valley students receive exceptional educations relative to competing communities in San Diego County. Cuyamaca College is a convenient institution for higher learning.
A number of recreational facilities and areas are evenly spread out in Spring Valley. Some of the larger and more noticeable locations include Damon Lane County Park, Via del Parque Park, Lonnie G. Brewer County Park, Estrella County Park, Sweetwater Lane County Park, Lamar County Park, and Goodland Acres Park. The Rancho San Diego Golf Course is the largest golf course in the area. While many residents choose to drive into neighboring cities or even San Diego to shop, the Rancho San Diego Towne Center is a reasonable alternative that offers most of the amenities shoppers would expect of a community of Spring Valley’s size.