Portola Park in Lake Forest is a new park off Glenn Ranch Road with views all the way to the ocean and even out to Catalina Island on clear days. It's a $4 million dollar park with a grassy space in the middle surrounded by active pursuits like a pickleball court, sand volleyball court, dog park, a few fitness stations, and playground with swings plus a big spiderweb … [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.
The Candlelight Walk at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Lake Forest is an annual event that has been a community tradition since the mid-1980s. I've written a full blog post about visiting Heritage Hill Historical Park throughout the rest of the year, but for one weekend in December you can visit at night! Candlelight Walk at Heritage Hill is not on the OCParks.com holiday … [Read more...]
Tamarisk Park in Lake Forest is tucked up in the foothills above Trabuco. The park was upgraded in Summer 2014 to remove the old-fashioned metal merry-go-round from "the olden days" when we were kids to a new Landscape Structures plastic spinner which looks reminiscent of a jacuzzi tub. I wonder what will happen when it rains? The new park also has shade covers … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]