Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park Playground

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The Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park Playground is an undiscovered playground off Brookhurst. I imagine it’s bustling with people on the weekends with its designation as a Recreation Center and Sports Park. The City of Fountain Valley even has a website completely dedicated to the park outlining the acreage and showing aerial views. You can read through the archives to see what it took to build it, too. Although you might think this is part of Mile Square Park because of its location next to the golf course – it is NOT part of Mile Square Park.

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Location: Take the Brookhurst exit off Interstate 405. Turn right on Heil (5th traffic signal). There is a huge sign past the YMCA reading “Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park.” Drive straight in and follow the road past the roundabout and make your first right into the playground parking lot. [Address: 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley] MAP to Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park Playground

Recommended by: Jen at Tiny Oranges

Highlights:

  • Brand new playground opened in Feb/Mar 2009
  • Huge adjacent grassy areas
  • Quiet and peaceful (when there are no games)
  • Walking trails
  • Picnic tables and benches near playground
  • Tall spiral slide, 3-tandem slides, lots of climbing apparatus, zip track, 2 bench swings and 2 baby swings


Be Aware:

  • Zero shade – so not ideal for hot summer mid-days
  • Equipment geared toward older kids (5-12). Young ones can play there, just need more supervision.


Checklist:

  • 1100 parking spaces in this huge complex – a small lot right off the playground
  • Recycled rubber play surface (dark color radiated heat during our visit)
  • Restrooms nearby, but locked (unless during sports games) – may be able to find open restrooms by hunting around through park
  • New park – so NO shade on the playground
  • 10+ tennis courts
  • Six basketball courts
  • Nine baseball fields
  • Six new softball fields
  • Three dedicated soccer fields
  • One utility field
  • A lawn area for concerts
  • Walking trails
  • Tiny Oranges post on the park (don’t confuse it with the actual Mile Square Park – totally different entrance and no fees – but it’s on the same block)

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