Fred Barrera Park in Orange was dedicated in 2006 in honor of a man who gave many years of service to the City of Orange. A touching plaque at the park details all his endeavors. This small playground with some unusual monkey bars is right up the hill from Serrano Park and around the corner from the Oak Canyon Nature Center.
Location: Take the 55 and exit at Katella – take it towards Anaheim Hills until it turns into Villa Park Road. Turn left on Cannon Street and right onto Serrano Avenue. Follow Serrano up the hill and prepare to turn right on Kendra into the parking lot for Barrera Park. The playground is visible before you hit the parking lot. (Address: 8380 Serrano Avenue, Orange, CA) MAP TO FRED BARRERA PARK IN ORANGE
- Nice wide open lawn area and shelter for picnics with grills
- Loved the different styles of monkey bars on the older kid equipment
- 2 bench swings, 1 baby swing
- Benches around the playground for easy viewing
- Decomposed granite walking trail loops around the park
- Not really an all-day type of playground – better in short spurts or for birthday parties
- On the day we visited, there was a nice breeze blowing and views into the nearby canyon were beautiful. There’s also a walking path/hiking trail leading up to a rock outcropping in Santiago Oaks Regional Park that looked intriguing. Looks like you can catch up with a trail head below the playground or in the neighborhood beyond Nohl Ranch Road.
- Next to a VERY busy street – so there’s some noise and the need to be observant around the fence openings.
- Can get hot in this location because there are no shade trees and it’s at the top of a hill.
- There is an elementary school very nearby and I imagine the traffic is impacted around school start and end times.
- Lots of gaps and steps at odd angles on the big kid equipment – okay for big kids, just watch your little ones.
- Dedicated parking lot
- Recycled rubber play surface throughout (no sand or bark)
- Picnic shelter may be reserved (714-744-7274)
- Walking trail
- Grassy area for play
- More information from the City of Orange
Thanks to Kristi for providing some added insight and “Be Aware” items.