Creekside Park in Dana Point sits right off of Stonehill Drive near Interstate 5. Many call it Stonehill Park. It’s super easy for freeway access and very near Dana Point Harbor. I used to describe this park as the one with the climbing wall, but since its update in 2016 it’s more of a climbing and spinning park with multiple opportunities to do both! This is still one of those parks which feels like it has different rooms for the kids to wander.
Here’s my video of the park as part of my Play for a Minute video series. Check my YouTube Channel and subscribe for more parks in the series.
- Big windy tunnel slide and open spaces
- Climbing wall, spiderweb, and thick tightrope close to the ground with rocks at either end are a big draw
- Lots of different kinds of spinners
- Lots of space for horizontal climbing and stepping stone balancing
- A separate, smaller play area for toddlers with a teeter-totter, train slide, and play panel
- Also a transitional play equipment (between toddlers and school age) with a small slide and also what looks like a carousel, but is actually a large spring toy that bobs instead of spins
- Close to the beach and freeway – so nice breezes and easy access
- 2 baby swings in toddler area, 2 bench swings (but only one present at the moment)
- Parents will like the many places to sit and watch the kids – I especially like that the benches are interspersed with big boulders making it have a more natural feel
- Half basketball court
- Shade covers over picnic tables near toddler area and baby swings, plus smaller shade covers over bigger play structures
- Great park to bike or walk to if you live in the area since the bike trail is accessible from here (or park her to bike or walk to Dana Point Harbor, Doheny Beach, or even Del Obispo Park). Don’t attempt to cross the street here – the bike trail makes it very easy to pass underneath busy Stonehill to catch up with the path across the street.
- I’ve experienced a small bee swarm and a few annoying gnats from the creek
- Fairly isolated and accessible to outsiders from the bike trail (if you come here alone)
- Some find it difficult with 2 or more small children – because 2 separate play areas make close supervision difficult
- Play surface is mostly bark
- Small dedicated parking lot with extra parking along Stonehill
- Not a lot of shade on play structures, but shade trees for parents on edge of playground
- Restrooms very close to the play area
- Small grassy area for picnicking
- Enclosed dog park nearby
- Weekend birthday party locale
- Official City of Dana Point info on Creekside Park
- City of Dana Point General Park Information/Reservations
- Official City of Dana Point Recreation Guide
- Nearest public library branch: Dana Point Public Library
Originally published September 2009.