Skip to Content

Barbadanes Park: Ever Fantasize About Riding A Giant Honeybee? (Yeah, Me Neither)

Barbadanes Park: Ever Fantasize About Riding A Giant Honeybee? (Yeah, Me Neither)

Barbadanes Park will always be a memorable trip for me because of all the nearby residents who were hanging out or walking through when we visited. We went during after school hours and there were a group of 12 year old eating bags of Funyuns and drinking Kool-Aid just like the old days. The play equipment at Barbadanes Park isn’t very notable or updated as compared to many Orange County parks.

Location: From I-5, exit in Mission Viejo at Oso Parkway.  Go east and turn right onto Marguerite Parkway.  Turn left on Felipe Road and take another left onto Barbadanes. Park near the blue fencing you’ll see on your right.  MAP to Barbadanes Park in Mission Viejo

Highlights:

  • The cute, but odd honeybee is the most discerning element of this simple neighborhood playground
  • The playground structure is sunk into a bark pit with 3 steps on each side (it makes a pseudo-boundary for little ones)
  • The structure is accessible to a point by a ramp, but a person in a wheelchair will not be able to go very far onto the equipment
  • 2 bench and 2 baby swings sit above the main playground in a sand pit
  • A really nice half court basketball very near the playground
  • Sidewalk spanning the perimeter of the park with a large lawn area in the middle
  • Benches to sit and view kids while they are playing

Be Aware:

  • The bridges and some of the higher points have some pretty big openings. Maybe not the best for unsteady toddlers
  • NO restrooms
  • Not a destination playground, but nice if you’re in the area

Checklist:

  • Parking on Barbadanes street
  • Bark and sand play surfaces
  • NO restrooms
  • Drinking fountain
  • Half court basketball
  • Lots of benches
  • 4 picnic tables and 2 grills
  • List of amenities from the city website

Danielle berry

Wednesday 16th of April 2014

Hey Michele,

Love your blog!

Just wanted you to know that it seems they've changed Barbadanes park quite a bit since your report. No more bark, only baby swings. I will try to remember to take a few pictures the next time I visit.

Michele Whiteaker

Wednesday 16th of April 2014

Thanks for the update, Danielle. I will have to make sure we visit, too.