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Settlers Park in Irvine

Settlers Park in Irvine

ssshhhh . . . Settler’s Park in Irvine is a secret! Back in 2009, Kelly from an old blog called Just Spotted recommended this park at great risk of personal sacrifice (she might have to share her little piece of paradise).

We played at Settlers Park in Irvine at sunset enjoying every minute. It’s a quiet setting among the citrus orchards and pepper trees. We saw turkey vultures and even spotted a baby tarantula.

Love it when we catch wildlife in action. Oh, and we met two very nice families playing at the park tonight. “Hi!” (that’s me waving).

settlers park irvine mesh crawling tunnel

Recommended by: Kelly from Just Spotted

Directions to Settlers Park in Irvine: From Interstate 5, exit at Culver and drive east toward the foothills. Cross Portola Parkway and turn left at the second light where the signs point to Settler’s Park. The parking lot is on your right. [Address: 35 Settler’s Way, Irvine]  MAP to Settlers Park in Irvine

settlers park irvine climbing wall and play structure


  • Shaded play area with lots of fun interactive gym equipment: regular climbing walls – plus wavy metal climbing apparatus, hand/foot pedal gizmo, spinning “shower head,” rope climbers and the most amazing ladder which twists from horizontal rungs to vertical!
  • An amazing mini-trike track around the play area, complete with traffic signs and a cute little parking lot.
  • Covered picnic area with grills
  • Huge grassy area
  • Kelly says “I LOVE that I can see the entire play area without having to move if my kids move.”
settlers park irvine picnic area

Be Aware:

  • Some prickly rose bushes surrounding the play area
  • We arrived when a soccer practice was breaking up – don’t know if that would make it busy. It’s busy when there are events or sports practices.
  • Not a lot of shade.


  • Dedicated parking lot
  • Sand and recycled rubber play surface
  • VERY nice restrooms – as park restrooms go
  • Not much shade
  • 2 covered picnic tables, 3 uncovered tables, and 2 grills with hot coal receptacles
  • Easy to view kids
  • 2 full lighted basketball courts
  • Soccer field
  • Round sand volleyball court
  • City of Irvine park reservation information
basketball court

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Originally published in July 2009.


Saturday 28th of June 2014

How early should one come to save a picnic table for a bday party?

Michele Whiteaker

Monday 30th of June 2014

I don't know about this park, Diana. But at the park near my house - people often send out someone to hold the tables at 7am!!!


Monday 21st of November 2011

Just visited this park with some mommy friends and its everything I want for my son's first birthday. I just hope no one else is planning their kid's birthday for the same day, since there's only one spot with tables...


Thursday 13th of May 2010

We visited this park today and loved it!

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