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Red Barn Park (Tierra Grande Park) in San Clemente

Red Barn Park (Tierra Grande Park) in San Clemente

Tierra Grande Park in San Clemente, also known as Red Barn Park, is located in Talega which is a planned community in the foothills of San Clemente featuring “acres and acres devoted to private and public parks.”

Where is Talega exactly?  Take the I-5 to San Clemente, follow Avenida Vista Hermosa or Avenida Pico east.

You’ll find a California kid’s paradise surrounded by million dollar homes and natural landscaping: oaks, chaparral, sycamores for shade, and every kind of sports field/court imaginable.

red barn park talega san clemente - swings and playground

Location of Red Barn Park in San Clemente: Tierra Grande Park is at the top of the development. From Avenida Vista Hermosa, turn onto Avenida Talega near the Talega Ralphs Shopping Center. Drive into the development until the road reaches Camino Tierra Grande. Turn left on Camino Tierra Grande and left onto Via Garona/parking lot. (Address: 399 Camino Tierra Grande, San Clemente) MAP to Tierra Grande Park in San Clemente

Recommended by: Connie

red barn park talega san clemente - playground bridge

Highlights:

  • Farm theme complete with corral, tractor truck, and a ride-on farm horse in a corral
  • HUGE covered picnic area with seating for more than 100, includes 2 outdoor sinks and grills
  • Kids love the wood bridges and tunnels in the barn
  • 4 big kid swings, 3 baby swings, 1 accessible swing
  • A variety of “spinners” – one big and round and 3 more stand-on spinners.
  • Small grass hill right off playground good for rolling and reclining to watch the clouds go by
  • Small bike path all the way around park
red barn park talega san clemente - spinners

Be Aware:

  • A local mom (thanks, Mary!) told me slides get hot in the summer
  • Red Barn has plenty of spots for adults to bump their heads – so keep an eye out for bars and ledges above you
  • Regular drop-off points for the little ones on the big equipment- fire poles and ladders with open access for toddlers to fall
  • Bathroom stalls do not have doors
  • If you let them lose on the field, little ones might be tempted to climb the soccer nets
red barn park talega san clemente - corral

Nature Connections:

  • Make a game out of finding the shady spots and the sunshine-y spots
  • Roll down the small grassy hill by the playground
  • Lie on the grass and watch the clouds
  • Spot local birds and wildlife – we saw a scrub jay when we were there
  • Pick up fallen sycamore leaves and sticks to make a fairy house
blue jay on lawn

Checklist:

  • Dedicated parking lot with plenty of spots
  • Play surface is sand and recycled rubber
  • Bathrooms are open air style with unprotected skylights and stainless steel toilets – no paper towels
  • Covered picnic area for shade, plus plenty of sycamores surrounding playground
  • Really nice benches for viewing the kids – and a curb all the way around the perimeter
picnic area
  • Soccer field
  • 2 baseball/softball diamonds
  • Lighted basketball court (2 half courts with one full court in between)
basketball courts

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Originally published in July 2008.

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