Portola Springs Community Park in Irvine is more like a small neighborhood playground inside a huge community park which has ball fields and a community center. This is a great spot for younger kids with the challenge of climbers and boulders, but the intimacy of a small space with caregivers nearby.
Location of Portola Springs Community Park in Irvine: This playground is in a new development in the Portola Springs area of Irvine. It’s right off the 241 Tollroad off Portola Parkway.
I got here by taking Sand Canyon from I-5 into the foothills and turning right onto Portola Parkway. Keep driving for a while on Portola Parkway until you turn left onto Pearblossom. You will see the Community Center on the corner above you, but the playground is hidden from view. You turn right and park in the lot by the center and you will see the playground between the center and ball fields.
Another option is to take the 241 Tollroad and exit at Portola Parkway. (Address: 900 Tomato Springs, Irvine) MAP TO PORTOLA SPRINGS COMMUNITY PARK IN IRVINE
- I liked the cushy artificial turf surfacing because it made the park look very green and inviting, especially with a mini 3-tree forest with boulders in the center of the playground
- Nature themed playground mixing artificial structures with real trees, boulders, and sand
- Having a community center nearby means there are staff who can help if you have a problem and that there are nice indoor restrooms
- Amazing views out over Orange County if you can peek around the community center
- There’s a log to crawl through and acorns for sitting and spinning
- Not everyone is a fan of the sandbox, but you might find some fossils hiding under the surface?
- 3 bench swings and one adaptive swing
- 2 baby swings on a separate set
- Artificial turf can get hot in the summer – so watch those bare feet
- Not much shade yet for summertime play
- Make sure you check the hours of the community center to know if it will be open on your visit (generally 9am-9pm – or 10pm, or Noon-6 on Sundays)
- Once the community is fully built out and the ball fields are in regular use, you will want to be aware of busy game days.
- Looks like there is also a school going in nearby and there are childcare programs at the center which might compete for playground time
- Parking in a dedicated lot
- Artificial turf and sand play surface
- Two options for restrooms: one set at the concession area on one side of the playground or go inside the community center on the other side of the playground
- One covered picnic area with tables and grills
- Sand volleyball court adjacent to the playground
- Grassy areas and a native garden path near the community center
- Easy to view kids, but not many places for adults to sit other than the low walls in the center of the playground and one bench on the exterior of the playground
- Official City of Irvine website for Portola Springs Community Park
- Nearest public library: Orange County Public Library – Irvine Heritage Park branch or Foothill Ranch branch
Parks nearby Portola Springs Community Park:
There are a lot of PRIVATE parks in this area of town that are meant only for residents, but Portola Springs and the following parks are public parks:
- OC Great Park Children’s Play Area
- Baker Ranch Community Park in Lake Forest
- Stonegate Park in Irvine