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Pirate Park in Bellflower: Fun for Your Little Pirate

Pirate Park in Bellflower: Fun for Your Little Pirate

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

Highlights:

  • 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!

Be Aware:

  • 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

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