Pavion Park in Mission Viejo is brand new as of December 2014 — designed to be a universally accessible playground and one of the most progressive playgrounds I’ve ever seen. When I first visited this park back in 2010, it was our “mystery destination” on a walk up the Oso Creek Trail through the Jeronimo Open Space from Oso Viejo Park near the Norman P. Murray Senior Center. I had my two kids and two nephews with me (ages 4-8) and embarked toward Pavion thinking it would be a quick jaunt, but it turns out it’s a 1.8 mile hike uphill on a paved trail. (Big thanks to Lan Sue who let me know the park has been updated!).
Location: Pavion is near the corner of Jeronimo and Olympiad. There are multiple directions to approach this park. From Interstate 5, it may be easiest to exit Alicia Parkway and travel east towards the foothills. Drive quite a ways up the hill and turn right onto Jeronimo. Drive all the way up Jeronimo until it almost hits Olympiad. Turn right at Pavion. Park along the street. [Address: 24051 Pavion, Mission Viejo] MAP TO PAVION PARK IN MISSION VIEJO
- It’s universally accessible!
- They integrated a little natural history with interpretive signs about animals that are (or were once) native to the area
- Colorful adirondack chairs grouped for socializing
- There’s a path just past the Oso Creek Trail leading between this park and Oso Viejo Park which cuts through the Jeronimo Open Space. It was a beautiful walk. (Uphill from Oso Viejo to here / Downhill from here to Oso Viejo).
- Fun dance game that gets kids really active
- I counted 15 spinners — all different kinds! Usually kids are waiting to take turns, but you can have tons of kids all spinning away at the same time.
- New and different zip line
- A big colorful maze on the ground with game instructions (or make up your own)
- It’s a super large playground with multiple play areas laid out on a flat surface
- Shade trees surrounding the playground on the lawn area
- The main playground is completely accessible with ramps and interactive boards – and a tree house slide that some can reach by climbing leaf ladders
- Two bench swings, two baby swings, two accessible swings
- Only a small sand area for the diggers
- It has a rocking boat that fits wheel chair
- There is an elementary school nearby so traffic could be bad at school drop-off and pick up.
- Because this is a new park entering 2015, it’s quite busy! I’d try to go during off hours. I went at 8am on a Saturday and there was only one family there.
- Parking along the street
- Recycled rubber play surface with a small sand area
- Restroom building installed Summer 2016
- Drinking fountain
- Lots of mesh metal picnic tables and seating areas surrounding the playground
- Shade trees for picnics on the lawn
- For reservations and information – consult the City of Mission Viejo’s Park Rules & Regulations page
- Official City of Mission Viejo interactive park map
- Nearest public library: Mission Viejo Library (not part of OCPL)
- My list of Universally Accessible Playgrounds in Orange County