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Moon Park: One Small Step from the Santa Ana River Trail in Costa Mesa

Moon Park: One Small Step from the Santa Ana River Trail in Costa Mesa

Moon Park in Costa Mesa was a pick from Mr. Play Parks. I think he found it on Yelp before we went out adventuring one weekend. We told the kids we were taking them to a place that was “out of this world.” That kept them guessing! The park is on California Street in Costa Mesa and my 8 year old loved counting all the state names on the surrounding streets while we were en route to our destination. Coincidentally, I just read a blurb about it in the June Orange Coast magazine.

Location: Exit Interstate 405 at Harbor Blvd. Head away from IKEA toward the ocean. Turn right on Gisler Avenue. Then make another right onto California Street and follow it through the neighborhood until you come up on the park on your left. MAP TO MOON PARK IN COSTA MESA (See the moon from the satellite photo) Note: The map mysteriously labels the park as Suburbia Park?

Highlights:

  • The giant concrete moon dome with craters is the real draw to this park
  • It’s right off the Santa Ana River Trail and I was astounded at the bike traffic! There was a constant flow of bikers riding by the park and stopping for a break in the shade.
  • Two kids playgrounds – separated by the moon
  • Nice picnic tables, small grassy hills, shade trees
  • The kids liked the tire swing
  • There’s a knee-high fence around the moon, but I hear from locals that it’s okay for the kids to climb
  • On and off shade on the play equipment and definitely shade for sitting or picnics

Be Aware:

  • NO swings and NO restroom
  • Limited street parking. If you were to have a big party there’s not a lot of spaces.
  • It’s tucked back in a neighborhood and may feel isolated if you visit alone during the week — tons of visitors on the weekend.
  • Near bike path and under big power lines. Situated right underneath the soundwall for I-405.

Checklist:

  • Parking on the street
  • Sand and recycled rubber play surface
  • NO restrooms
  • Drinking fountain near moon
  • Picnic tables scattered throughout park
  • See a slideshow by clicking on Moon Park on the City of Costa Mesa website
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