Concourse Park is in the Portola Hills neighborhood of Lake Forest. I never knew how to get to those "houses on the hill" on the way up El Toro Road near Santiago Canyon and O'Neill Regional Park. You notice the homes up to the left and I always think about what a great view they must enjoy. The park is in a beautiful setting so close to Whiting Ranch and the Santa Ana … [Read more...]
Lake Forest Parks
Almost 20 Lake Forest parks in Orange County, California listed on this site provide playgrounds, hiking, and outdoor activities for children and families. The newest park is Baker Ranch Community Park and it has some cool features like a tunnel slide, climbing rock and covered picnic areas. Nature Park is particularly nice if you want to walk a trail and have a quiet place for a picnic. Borrego Park is right next door to Foothill Ranch Library, so you can make a day of visiting this park. Concourse Park even features some water play!
Browse the Lake Forest parks below to see parks to visit within and near the city limits. I always welcome comments and suggestions.
Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest is a local treasure. Serrano and Whiting are familiar names for those traveling in Lake Forest, but learning the historical significance of the ranchos and people behind the names is fascinating to me. Once you're done with your experiential history lesson - head over to Serrano Creek Park for some play and maybe some natural … [Read more...]
Serrano Creek Park in Lake Forest is a great park tucked away behind the Heritage Hills Shopping Center at the corner of Lake Forest Drive and Trabuco Road. The park runs all the way to Bake Parkway with eucalyptus and willow lining the creek. Location: Near the corner of Lake Forest and Trabuco on Serrano Road. From the 5 freeway, take the Lake Forest exit. Follow it … [Read more...]
Pittsford Park added a universally accessible playspace - completed in October 2008. It's brilliant red with even the upper levels accessible to wheelchairs. A cars/roadway theme provides little people with stop and yield signs and a trike course. Location: From the 405, take the El Toro Road exit and follow it away from the ocean. Pass Trabuco Road and turn left on … [Read more...]
For those who don't want to be in the gym, check out these local Orange County workout parks with outdoor fitness equipment. An article appeared in Atlantic Cities called "The Latest Scourge Afflicting Our Parks: Outdoor Yoga Classes." It sets up a scenario where private business is using public park space and not paying rent or fees for a facility. A good point, because … [Read more...]