Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach lead the count for most fenced parks in Orange County. The list started out with only 7 parks, but has grown to over 10! Some moms call these playgrounds “baby jail” and others call them “a lifesaver.” I had some great comments on my page on Facebook for this one:
Catherine said: “If you have more than one little one (such as 2 two yr olds in my case) I’ll take a “jail” over constant heart attacks when one makes a run for the street and the other for the free fall off the 2nd floor playground. I love fenced in parks and can actually enjoy my kids knowing everyone is safe!”
Courtney added: “As a mom of 4-year-old twins, the fenced-in park was a god-send when my girls were about 18 months to almost 3 years old. There’s nothing about a jail there at all. It’s called peace of mind!”
So here are the parks I know about and will add to the list if as people send me suggestions . . .
Grand Park in Aliso Viejo – very small, near Aliso Town Center, no restrooms, great views
Aliso Viejo Community Park – a much bigger park with a fenced in toddler area, has restrooms, can be busy with sports and school pickups
Bluebird Park in Laguna Beach – one of favorite parks of all time, has restrooms, it’s bigger but manageable
Village Green Park in Laguna Beach – small park but fenced right off PCH near Crown Valley, no restrooms, not a lot of parking
Lang Park in Laguna Beach – across from Montage, beautiful ocean views, has restrooms
Courtney’s Sandcastle Universal Playground in San Clemente – next to the Vista Hermosa Aquatic Center with a separate fenced sensory garden
Irvine Adventure Playground – very large park that’s completely fenced, but can be super busy during school breaks and summer
Stanton Central Park in Stanton – large 11 acre park with fencing all around (but still some access to the dangers of the parking lot)
Harry M. Dotson Park in Stanton – bigger park with all areas fenced except entrance
Atlantis Play Center in Garden Grove – small fee, large park but it is fenced, whimsical play equipment
38th Street Park in Newport Beach – fenced all the way around except for gate near restrooms, small park and manageable
Holderman Park in North Tustin – Heather says it is “great for toddlers. It’s super small and is entirely fenced except the entrance. Only downside is no bathrooms.” Play equipment is designed for 2-5 year olds only.
More fenced parks:
- Ocean Breeze Park in Laguna Niguel (mostly fenced)
- Eisenhower Park at Seal Beach Pier (low fence)
- From a reader (see comment): Montbury Park in Lake Forest – no playground
Originally published in April 2011.