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Alton Park in Foothill Ranch: Small Shaded Park Almost Has It All

Alton Park in Foothill Ranch: Small Shaded Park Almost Has It All

Alton Park in Foothill Ranch (Lake Forest) is one of those rare parks that has everything in one small package – except restrooms.

How to Get to Alton Park in Lake Forest: Take Lake Forest Drive or Bake Parkway up to Portola and turn left. Take a right onto Alton Parkway and the park is on your left. Or go ahead and take Alton Parkway all the way from Interstate 5. (Address: 18992 Alton Parkway, Foothill Ranch) MAP TO ALTON PARK IN LAKE FOREST


  • Lots of shade from trees and shade cover!  And a very sheltered feel to the playground.
  • Kids will love the clubhouse for pretend kitchen play — and this one is longer than the typical clubhouse.
  • Half basketball court for older kids while the youngers are on the playground.
  • 3 person “shower head” spinner.
  • Bridges, slides, climbing challenges — all on a playground that’s relatively close to the ground.
  • 2 bench swings and one baby swing.
  • Large grassy area for play and sidewalk for little nature walks.
  • There is a water feature near a sandbox, but it wasn’t working when we visited.
  • Ramp entries to playground, but not particularly accessible equipment.
  • I was inspired to build “fairy houses” or “gnome houses” with the leaves, sticks, and other treasures I found on the playground. There’s even little spots along the hillside where I could see other children had played.
  • Very near the main shopping centers and restaurants in Foothill Ranch.

Be Aware:

  • As always, there are a couple of drop points above the ladders where you’ll need to watch younger kids closely.
  • NO restroom
  • Not a lot of benches in the shade, but if you bring a camp chair — you’d have prime viewing along the hillside that leads to the rest of the park
  • Bordered by a cul-de-sac near the playground and Alton on the other side by the basketball court


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Originally published in October 2013.