Beckenham Park or “Turtle Park” flashes a rainbow-colored play surface and uses those concrete turtle playground sculptures from when I was a kid. It’s set up in a neat little circle with benches around the center.
Location: Off Paseo De Valencia onto Beckenham past the Laguna Arts Medical Office Buildings. Or find it off Alicia Parkway by taking Cousteau. MAP to Beckenham Park in Laguna Hills
- Park opened in April 2008 – a lot more shade since the trees grew in!
- Sand area with one ceramic turtle we all love from our youth (Can you find the other 2?)
- Rainbow play surface makes it especially cheery
- Easy viewing of children from nice shady benches or seating on large central planter
- Kids love the small airplane and little house for pretend play
- Perfect for all ages
- Lovely large grassy area with small hills for rolling
- 2 bench swings, 2 baby swings
- NO restrooms
- The red rope bridge on the big kid play structure is the biggest hazard
- Dogs (usually on leash) frequent this park which even sports a dog drinking fountain
- Sprinklers tend to go on in the evening hours and are a huge draw for kids during summer
- Recycled rubber play surface with sidewalks and sand pit
- NO bathrooms
- Drinking fountain for kids, as well as one for the dog
- Very large gazebo with at least 3 picnic tables
- Ample street parking on Beckenham or Cousteau/Wilkes – public parking only allowed on the park side of the street
- Official City of Laguna Hills website for Beckenham Park
- Nearest Public Library: Orange County Public Library Laguna Hills Technology Branch with small children’s section (inside Laguna Hills Community Center)
Originally published in April 2009.