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Marguerite M. O’Neill Park: Taking Care of the Land

Marguerite M. O’Neill Park: Taking Care of the Land

Marguerite O’Neill Park is one of my favorite in Mission Viejo. Living in Orange County, I’ve become accustomed to streets, shopping centers, and parks bearing the names “Marguerite” and “O’Neill.” The Rancho Mission Viejo Reserve website recounts the history of the rancho which once encompassed the land spanning from present day south Orange County to where Camp Pendleton now stands. Marguerite O’Neill was a fifth generation Californian and custodian of the land. The website speaks highly of her: “To this day, Marguerite O’Neill’s admonition to ‘take care of the land, and the land will take care of you’ continues to guide the family.” So think of this great lady and mother when you visit this neighborhood park punctuated by colorful play structures, shady patches of lawn, and rosebushes.

Location: This fun little park is in a neighborhood close to the freeway off La Paz Road. From the 5 Freeway, exit La Paz and head east. Turn left on Mosquero Lane and take the 2nd left onto San Roque Drive around the Tennis Club. Make your first right on San Doval Lane and park near the fence on the left side of the street. [24771 San Doval Lane, Mission Viejo] MAP to Marguerite O’Neill Park in Mission Viejo


  • Brilliant yellow, red, blue, green and purple play area
  • Red standing teeter-totter, tunnel slides, twisty slides
  • 2 baby swings, 2 bench swings
  • Easy viewing of play area from benches and picnic tables
  • Far away from the road

Be Aware:

  • NO bathrooms
  • Parents be aware of arches above ladders – you’ll bump your head
  • One large drop-off near top of 3-slide
  • A little walk up a slope to the play area


  • Parking on San Doval (quiet street)
  • Recycled rubber and sand play surfaces (sand seems especially clean and white here)
  • NO restrooms
  • Plenty of shade from crepe myrtles, mature sycamores, pine and olive trees
  • 10 benches for viewing kids and picnic tables
  • Half court basketball surrounded by rose bushes and separate from playground


Tuesday 27th of March 2012

We love this park! Just spent 4 hours playing there today.. It is by my daughter's school so mere 30 seconds down the hill and we are there! Love how away it is from the street, plenty of trees to climb on and green grass to run on besides the awesome equipment , of course! One of our favorite playgrounds in MV :)

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