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Castle Park (Northwood Community Park) in Irvine

Castle Park (Northwood Community Park) in Irvine

Northwood Community Park or Castle Park Irvine has an ACTUAL cinder block castle.

It’s just an amazing park, not ordinary in any way.

Here, kids can get lost in their imagination as they use the castle to play knights, dragons, kings, and more!

The huge play area incorporates a creative variety of play areas with equipment unique to this location.

northwood community park irvine - playground

Directions to Castle Park in Irvine: On Bryan Avenue between Culver and Yale east of Interstate 5 in Irvine. (Address: 4531 Bryan Ave, Irvine) MAP to Northwood Community Park (Castle Park) in Irvine


The castle structure surrounds the park like a fortress which the kids absolutely love. Clamber over a bridge, duck your head in the tunnel, and scale walls and rocks to conquer the castle.

A tremendous variety of play areas with rarities like a tire swing and sand stations where kids scoop and transfer sand from sink to sink or sift it through chutes. Also plentiful ride-on horses and a little turtle.

Very clean. Lots of picnic areas in excellent condition. Has a huge soccer field, as well as baseball field in the back.

My favorite is the spiral slide on the structure nearest the castle.

Easy to see kids as they play on all the equipment – you’d only have to follow them if they get on the street or tennis court side of the castle (which is also fun!).

northwood community park irvine twisty slide and toddler slide

Be Aware:

  • Only way to get down from the castle once you get up there is down a fire pole or back down the stairs the way you came.
  • We once visited on a holiday and it was SWARMED with people. If you don’t like crowds, don’t come on busy weekends. Have a Plan B in mind and prep the kids.
  • Sometimes day camps and after school programs are held here since there is a community center.
northwood community park irvine playground overview with monkey bars


  • Parking is plentiful with two lots and on-street parking available. Always a space available.
  • Play surface is recycled rubber and sand
  • Very clean bathrooms
  • Shade over the picnic areas and shade covers over some equipment
  • Picnic areas equipped with grills – so make an evening of it
  • Drinking fountains and vending machines
  • Soccer field, basketball court, handball court, and half mile track
  • 2 lighted tennis courts
  • Community Center “modernized and expanded to 9500 sq. ft.” in 2013
  • Official City of Irvine website for info on party reservations
  • Nearest public library: Orange County Public Library – Irvine Heritage Park branch
  • Find nearby parks on my Central OC Parks and Playgrounds index
northwood community park irvine - tunnels at playground

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northwood community park irvine - castle wall for pretend play

Originally posted in April 2009.


Wednesday 29th of May 2013

I used to play here when I was a little kid-it's so amazing to take my kids and its exactly as awesome as I remember it being.


Thursday 30th of May 2013

Play memories are the best -- and sharing them with your kids is even better!


Saturday 16th of March 2013

We love this park! Going again today! Inspires imagination, adventure and outdoor play!!


Thursday 24th of January 2013

This is my go-to park since I live within walking distance. The adults are usually playing with their kids and are super friendly, my little guy has joined in with other kids and adults with no problem. There are multiple sand areas for sandy play, multiple play structures, and the kids LOVE the castle. There is lots of room for running. I've never encountered a time when there wasn't enough room to play at this park. A community center is being built right now, scheduled to be done summer of 2013.

michael crabbe

Tuesday 29th of November 2011

need to know if a catchers mitt was found at castle park that might be in lost and found. thanx


Wednesday 21st of September 2011

We visited this park on Sunday and had a blast! I loved that there was so much for the little ones to explore. Not only were there plenty of places for my new-walker to play, but I felt really safe there because the bigger kid area was very separate and much more interesting for that bigger age group. So, the big kids had an area and the little ones could toddle around in their own area too. Intestingly, I really liked the people there too. The parents were really involved in the play, and for once, I wasn't the only parent up in the structures! :) great park! You never disappoint with your suggestions!

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