Olympiad Park in Mission Viejo is named for Florence Joyner features a statue of her and artistic details in tribute to Olympic athletes. See if your child can find the rainbow Olympic torch “burning” in a rainbow of color. I love this park. It’s always a challenge to post because it’s always too busy to shoot photos of the equipment. When I heard the “bing” of the park recommendation form hitting my cell phone, I sprang into action on my covert operation. My mission: photos of the park before the kids get there to play. I was the focus of strange looks and questions from early morning walkers and adult soccer players, but I completed my mission before any rays of sun brightened the playground.
That was my story on my first trip to the playground. It went somewhat the same way on my second trip when a reader informed me of the new area with musical play equipment and new spinners — plus the switch from the long twisty slide to a tunnel slide. (Thanks, Rachel!)
Location of Olympiad Park: Exit Interstate 5 at Alicia Parkway and drive it quite a ways up the hill crossing Marguerite, and driving past Mission Viejo’s lake, until you reach Olympiad. Turn left on Olympiad and the park will be your first right. MAP to Florence Joyner Olympiad Park in Mission Viejo
Recommended by: Jennifer at Tiny Oranges (her comments in italics)
- The lower level of Olympiad Park features a pirate ship structure and lots of interactive features for imaginative play.
- The upper level is full of slides, climbers, tunnels, and bright blue equipment.
- Lots of trees and shade providing a real woodsy feel with neat wooden bridges and rocky landscaping.
- There’s also a line of swings (2 baby, 4 bench).
- Many adjacent picnic benches close to the equipment. Easy to sit still and keep an eye on your kids.
- Great play structure with a tall winding slide that my daughter loved.
- Lots of equipment for all ages.
- Huge grassy area for running.
- Large covered picnic area with grills.
- There’s a gas station, Albertson’s grocery store, and restaurants at the corner of Alicia and Olympiad if you need refreshments or supplies.
- This park is busy at times. There were already tablecloths on the tables when I was there in the early morning hours.
- The small recycled rubber slope under the big twisty slide gets super-slippery when covered in sand. It’s fun for the kids sliding down, but bad if you are trying to walk down it. I see adults and kids take spills on this slope every time I’m here.
- “Do not climb on rocks” signs all over the park. (Huh? I see rocks, I want to climb. Oh, well.)
- Dedicated parking lot
- Recycled rubber and sand play surface
- Shade surrounding the park
- Restroom and drinking fountains
- Soccer fields and baseball diamond
- Large covered picnic area with 4 grills
- Albertson’s grocery store, Dollar Store, and restaurants nearby — Lakeside Chinese Cuisine and Bagels & Brew (think Unicorn bagels!)
- For reservations, visit the Mission Viejo City website: “Picnic Shelters can be rented on weekends only from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (excluding holidays) by obtaining a permit.”
- Official City of Mission Viejo website
- Nearest public library: Mission Viejo Public Library (separate from OC Public Libraries)
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Originally posted in November 2009.