Welcome! I'm so glad you are here, but if you are doing your part it means you are staying at home. Keep doing what you are supposed to be doing for the good of public health! Always adhere to official guidelines.
Are you looking for OC playgrounds with shade covers? It’s still hot and not ideal, but at least these are playgrounds you can visit in a pinch to get the wiggles out.
I also wrote about Cool Tips for Hot Playgrounds quite a few summers ago. Now that we’re seeing temps soar for summer, you might want to re-visit that post?
Top 10+ OC Playgrounds with Shade Covers
The first 6 mentioned are the stand-out parks where the playground shade covers are BIG and effective. The other parks on the list have partial shade covers which provide some relief, but they don’t cover the whole playground.
Full Shade Covered Playgrounds in Orange County
Ridgecrest Park in Aliso Viejo – there’s even a shade cover over the swings!
Tustin Sports Park – great slides at this one and a bright, happy red cover.
Aliso Viejo Community Park – it’s down in a canyon so gets natural shade in the early evening.
Woodbury Community Park in Irvine – I’ve seen moms congregate in the shade under the cover.
Fullerton Sports Complex Playground – pictured in the featured spot at the beginning of this post.
Lake Forest Sports Park Playgrounds – one playground has partial shade, but the one near the baseball fields has almost full shade.
Canyon View Park in Aliso Viejo – even shade over the picnic area.
Concourse Park in Portola Hills (Lake Forest) – beautiful playground on the edge of Whiting Ranch.
Partially Shade Covered Playgrounds in Orange County
Lang Park in Laguna Beach – a playground cover AND near the ocean.
Sweet Shade Park in Irvine – minimal covers, but good for a little relief.
Santa Ana Zoo Playground – the giraffe design makes this one unique.
Liberty Park in San Clemente – inland location so no benefits from the ocean.
Brea Sports Park – just added shade covers in 2012.
Stanton Central Park – new park in 2016.
Tamarisk Park in Lake Forest – the shades are there to cover the midday sun, but they aren’t very big.
More recommendations from readers:
- Anton Park in Irvine
- Cox Sports Park in Ladera Ranch
- Altisima Park in Rancho Santa Margarita
Remember to read Cool Tips for Hot Playgrounds for more ideas to keep cool on these hot days!
Originally published in August 2010.