I’d never heard of Pirate Park in Bellflower until one of my readers pointed it out to me. (Thanks for telling me about it, Cat!). It’s a VERY small park and really geared towards the younger kids for that very reason. I think preschoolers and Kindergartners with BIG imaginations will love to play pirate here.
And, yes, I realize that Bellflower is NOT in Orange County. It’s actually in LA County across the 605 Freeway from Orange County near Cerritos – which is also NOT in Orange County. But I like to cover parks along this corridor because #1 – it’s a great place to meet friends from LA and #2 – if it’s a neat park then I figure you want to know about it.
Location of Pirate Park in Bellflower: The park is reachable off the 605 Freeway with a short jaunt on the 91 Freeway to exit at Bellflower Blvd. (Address: 16559 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower) MAP TO PIRATE PARK IN BELLFLOWER
- This has all the makings of pirate pretend: a fort, a bridge, a row boat, a pirate ship, treasure, and a skull cave
- The playground is gated and has operating hours
- Near restaurants (Subway, Ricci’s Italian, 600 Degrees Pizzeria, Johnny Reb’s True South – and more)
- Even though the park is basically in the middle of a parking lot, the perimeter is planted with bamboo and other view blocking plants so it feels very lush and tropical inside the park
- My favorite part of the whole playground isn’t even inside the gates — the mural outside sets the mood!
- Did I say the park is small? Well, it is. I think some children might be able to spend hours playing and pretending here. Some kids will be ready to move on rather quickly. I wouldn’t block off a whole morning or afternoon for a visit, but rather pair it up with another park outing nearby.
- The park is not always open. There are monthly hours posted on the gate and a PDF download called “Pirate Park Hours” on the city’s Parks and Rec page that shows hours every month. From what I could see during June, it’s mostly open around 9am/10am to around 6pm/7pm.
- There is a Bellflower Sheriff substation right next to the playground. I have no knowledge of crime in the area, but just thought I should share that as a “heads up.” The location is right off the main downtown strip of Bellflower Blvd so it felt pretty safe to me when we visited early on a Sunday morning.
- There’s a note on their official web page that it is NOT rented out for private parties
- The sign below offers up other “be aware” warnings about hot surfaces, shoes required for kids, and for caregivers not to wear heels
- Recycled rubber play surface
- Free parking in a lot dedicated to the surrounding businesses/restaurants
- Not sure about restrooms because we visited before the park was open (there are definitely NO restrooms inside the small playground)
- Drinking fountain
- Official Bellflower page for Pirate Park
- Visit the main Bellflower Parks and Recreation page to find the PDF document called “Pirate Park Hours”
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