Bill Barber Memorial Park's true name is Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park. Colonel William E. Barber died in April 2002 not far from the park which bears his name. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery having served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Colonel Barber received the Medal of Honor from President Truman for his bravery in Korea when he led "his troops … [Read more...]
Central Orange County Playgrounds
Central OC playgrounds are in the cities of: Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach/Corona Del Mar, Orange, Santa Ana, and Tustin.
Wondering what's going on with the OC Great Park playgrounds? You've heard about the community ice center, the championship soccer stadium, and the tennis courts of the newly opened 194-acre Sports Complex. So far, the park has two public playgrounds with one on the way. You may be familiar with the existing toddler-friendly Kids Rock playground which sits outside the Visitor … [Read more...]
Moro Beach is very confusing with all its names: El Moro, Moro Cove, or El Moro Canyon. The signage seems to indicate that they've decided on Moro Canyon Area - as a way to describe the beach, canyon, and hiking/biking trails. Whatever you want to call it, you enter near El Morro Elementary School off Pacific Coast Highway just north of Laguna Beach. And, yes, I spelled the … [Read more...]
Take the FREE Balboa Peninsula Summer Trolley to Balboa Pier to enjoy your day at the beach rather than hassle with traffic and parking. I know there are trolleys in many Orange County beach cities: Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. We haven't taken advantage of them as we should, but I'm sold now that we accidentally stumbled upon the Balboa … [Read more...]
Sincere thanks to the City of Irvine for sponsoring this post about the playground at Quail Hill Community Center. The Quail Hill Community Center playground in Irvine is open to the public during community center hours. There's already an existing Quail Hill Trailhead and Quail Hill Community Park, but the playground came after the Community Center opened in March 2017. I … [Read more...]