Creekside Park in Dana Point sits right off of Stonehill Drive near Interstate 5. Many call it Stonehill Park. It’s super easy for freeway access and very near Dana Point Harbor.
I used to describe this park as the one with the climbing wall, but since its update in 2016 it’s more of a climbing and spinning park with multiple opportunities to do both!
This is still one of those parks which feels like it has different rooms for the kids to wander.
How to Get to Creekside Park in Dana Point: On Stonehill between Camino Capistrano and Del Obispo along the San Juan Creek Trail. (Address: 25743 Stonehill Drive, Dana Point) MAP to Creekside Park in Dana Point
- Big windy tunnel slide and open spaces
- Climbing wall, spiderweb, and thick tightrope close to the ground with rocks at either end are a big draw
- Lots of different kinds of spinners
- Lots of space for horizontal climbing and stepping stone balancing
- A central, smaller play area for toddlers with a teeter-totter, train slide, and play panel (which used to have a little picket fence to separate it from the areas, but that’s gone and now it just feels separate because of the recycled rubber surfacing).
- Also a transitional play equipment (between toddlers and school age) with a small slide and also what looks like a carousel, but is actually a large spring toy that bobs instead of spins
- 2 small clubhouses in the sand for pretend play
- Close to the beach and freeway – so nice breezes and easy access
- 2 baby swings in toddler area, structure for 2 bench swings (but none present at the moment)
- Parents will like the many places to sit and watch the kids – I especially like that the benches are interspersed with big boulders making it have a more natural feel
- Half basketball court
- Shade covers over picnic tables near toddler area and baby swings, plus smaller shade sails over bigger play structures
- Great park to bike or walk to if you live in the area since the bike trail is accessible from here (or park here to bike or walk to Dana Point Harbor, Doheny Beach, or even Del Obispo Park). Don’t attempt to cross the street here – the bike trail makes it very easy to pass underneath busy Stonehill to catch up with the path across the street.
- I’ve experienced a small bee swarm and a few annoying gnats from the creek
- Fairly isolated and accessible to outsiders from the bike trail (if you come here alone)
- Some find it difficult with 2 or more small children – because 2 separate play areas can make close supervision difficult
- Play surface is mostly bark with some recycled rubber and sand
- Small dedicated parking lot with extra parking along Stonehill
- Not a lot of shade on play structures, but shade trees for parents on edge of playground and shade covers over picnic tables and baby swings
- Restrooms very close to the play area
- Small grassy area for picnicking
- Enclosed dog park nearby
- Weekend birthday party locale
- Official City of Dana Point info on Creekside Park
- City of Dana Point General Park Information/Reservations
- Official City of Dana Point Recreation Guide
- Nearest public library branch: Dana Point Public Library
Originally published September 2009.