What are the best Aliso Viejo parks and playgrounds? All of them! Well, I bet you have your favorites.
Opinions can change dependent on the ages of the children, the weather or season, or just based on one good or bad park trip.
I’ll attempt to list Aliso Viejo parks and playgrounds as if I were giving advice to a friend who is visiting the area.
Aliso Viejo Parks and Playgrounds
The Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) actually manages all the parks in Aliso Viejo (NOT the city!). That means you need to call the AVCA to make reservations and reservations are limited to Aliso Viejo residents. I have all their info in the checklist at the end of this post.
Here is my list of parks in Aliso Viejo, in no particular order:
Ridgecrest Park is definitely a fan favorite. It always seems to be crawling with kids and it’s such a multi-use park with the tennis courts, basketball courts, fitness trail and even the gardens up above the playground.
Aliso Viejo Community Park can be busy with sports events or school in session. But if you visit outside those times, it’s fun for its fenced off area for smaller children and access to the bike trail.
Grand Park is nice because it’s right above Town Center and almost walking distance to the library. It used to be more suited to younger children since it’s fenced all around, but the play equipment is for those who can climb with ease.
The Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center is in the neighborhood off Glenwood. The fenced playground at the front of the housing development is private and open only to residents. However, the pool is open to everyone. Aliso Viejo residents pay less than those who live outside the City, but everyone is welcome. There is a very small playground just outside the pool area that is public.