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It’s easy to find parks without sand or “Sand Free Parks in Orange County” with this list. Thanks to the reader who wrote in requesting the information.
“I am looking for parks that don’t have bark chips or sand. I would prefer the rubber padded flooring. My granddaughter is autistic and due to the sensory issues that come along with that she would rather spend hours touching the sand or wood chips. If I could find a park without either it would enable her to enjoy the slides, swings, etc. I’m sure there are many parents of autistic children that would enjoy knowing where these parks are at in Orange County.”
This reader will be happy to know that the recycled rubber surface is becoming a preferred surface at many playgrounds.
Parks Without Sand (and Without Bark Chips)
Parks marked with * have restrooms. I’ve listed the parks without sand by north county, south county, and central county so it’s easier to find a sand free park near you.
Sand Free Parks in North Orange County
- Fred Barrera Park in Orange*
- Serrano Park in Orange*
- Eastside Community Park in Yorba Linda*
- Box Canyon Park in Yorba Linda*
- Arroyo Park in Yorba Linda*
- Brea Sports Park Playground*
- Wildcatter’s Park in Brea*
- Harry M. Dotson Park in Stanton*
- Stanton Central Park in Stanton*
- Pirate Park in Bellflower (not OC, but close)
Sand Free Parks in South Orange County
- Hidden Hills Park in Laguna Niguel
- Niguel Heights Park in Laguna Niguel
- Crown Valley Community Park in Laguna Niguel*
- Clipper Cove Park in Laguna Niguel
- Beacon Hill Park in Laguna Niguel
- Bear Brand Park in Laguna Niguel
- La Hermosa Park in Laguna Niguel
- Parc Vista Park in Laguna Niguel
- Reef View Node Park in Laguna Niguel
- Mackenzie Park in Laguna Hills
- Baker Ranch Community Park in Lake Forest*
- Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point*
Sand Free Parks in Central Orange County
- Bauer Park in Huntington Beach
- Harriett Weider Regional Park in Huntington Beach*
- Bonita Canyon Sports Park (2-5 year old playground) in Newport Beach*
- Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park*
- Heritage Park Play Island in Cerritos* (pictured below)
Honorable Mentions (because they have a sandbox separated from the equipment):
- Pavion Park in Mission Viejo*
- Peter Green Park in Huntington Beach
- Cabot Park in Laguna Hills*
- Costeau Park in Laguna Hills
- Knotty Pines Park in Laguna Hills
- Stockport Park in Laguna Hills
- Cordova Park in Mission Viejo
- TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa*
- Coastal Peak Park in Newport Beach*
- Grant Howald Park in Newport Beach
- Sunset Park in San Clemente
- Courtney’s Sandcastle in San Clemente*
- Sea Canyon in Dana Point*
- Huntington Beach All-Inclusive Playground in the Sand* – this one is tricky because there is sand ALL AROUND, but none on the playground.
I hope that gives you some options! I will keep my eye out as I explore more parks. I know my “Fenced Parks” post has also been a popular one.
Originally published in June 2011.