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Knotty Pine Park in Laguna Hills: Perfect for Lazy Day Play

Knotty Pine Park in Laguna Hills: Perfect for Lazy Day Play

Knotty Pine Park in Laguna Hills was a surprise discovery behind bustling La Paz Road — tucked back in a well-manicured neighborhood. It’s easy to access from Interstate 5 and features lots of big sycamore trees for shade.

knotty pine park children's playground with slides on recycled rubber surface under the shade of trees with sun shining through partial clouds

Directions to Knotty Pine Park: From Interstate 5, exit at La Paz and turn toward the ocean (up the hill). Make a left onto McIntyre where you’ll see Dunkin’ Donuts on your left and the shopping center housing Ironwood restaurant on corner on your right. Pass the shopping and turn right onto Knotty Pine Road. The park is on your left. (Park Address: Corner of MacKenzie Street and Knotty Pine Road) MAP to Knotty Pines Park in Laguna Hills

tree standing under blue and cloudy skies with a blanket of green grass underneath along a white concrete wall


  • Shade spots the park, so even on hot days you can find a cool spot
  • Large expanse of lawn past the park for rolling down the hill, a game of tag, or playing frisbee
  • A bit of an ocean theme with blue & green play surface and 2 hopscotch spots
  • I liked using the concrete wall for a bench – it was well-shaded and also fun for using as a balance beam
  • A little clubhouse on the sand for pretend play
  • Two bench swings and one baby swing
  • Benches right on the playground so it’s easy to see the kids from there or sitting along the concrete wall
  • We love Villa Roma restaurant and market – if I were you I would grab some beef empanadas from their freezer section to bring home to bake for an easy dinner
two bench swings and one baby swing with a background of trees and grass and a cloudy sky at knotty pine park

Be Aware:

  • One of the trees near the playground dropped seed pods which would be especially inviting for younger kids to put in their mouth (but it’s off the playground)
  • NO restroom
  • It is a hilly park, so scooters here could be a challenge for beginners
white outlined hopscotch grids inside blue recycled rubber playground surfacing at Knotty Pine Park in Laguna Hills


playground with double beige slides, a bridge, and a smaller curved slide with two pointed roof tops with two trees framing the playground

Nearby Laguna Hills Parks:

concrete picnic tables to the right of the photo with a view of trees and grass area at Knotty Pine Park

Originally published in August 2009.


Wednesday 11th of August 2010

Hi! I love your website and blog! Just would like to add that this park is right by a subway and a few other restaurants (corner of McIntyre and La Paz) - the kids and I love to pick up sandwiches and walk to the park for eating and playing - it makes for a fun and easy dinner! Enjoy!

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