Acorn Park in Aliso Viejo has a sunken play yard that encourages climbers with play equipment and an artificial streambed.
Steve Ambriz Memorial Park in the City of Orange is sand-free and has a little something for everyone with lots of swings and slides.
Northwood Community Park in Irvine is also known as Castle Park. I think of it as a fortress fit for knights and princesses.
Courtney’s SandCastle Universal Playground & Sensory Garden in San Clemente provides inclusive play features in a contained setting.
The Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park in Irvine offers a great playground and gardens by the Irvine Civic Center.
Niguel Heights Park in Laguna Niguel sits in a neighborhood between Aliso Creek Road and Avila Road near the In-N-Out on La Paz.