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Top 10+ OC Playgrounds with Shade Covers

Top 10+ OC Playgrounds with Shade Covers

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.

aliso viejo community park shade covers

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.

oak park aliso viejo shade covers

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.

tustin sports park shade covers

More recommendations from readers:

In creating this list, I’m discovering that Irvine, Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Beach have all invested  in shade covers for their community, so check out their parks first when looking for shade.

Remember to read Cool Tips for Hot Playgrounds for more ideas to keep cool on these hot days!

Originally published in August 2010.

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Stacey Levine

Thursday 13th of August 2015

There is a park in Long Beach that we call "shady park" but that is not it's name. It is the very South end of El Dorado park just before the houses start. Next to an open field for soccer, there are very old tall trees that offer natural shade to the playstructure that is there.

Rosalie

Wednesday 4th of September 2013

We went to the Kids Rock Playground at the Great Park during the Labor Day Weekend 2013 and although it was 85F, there was no mist coming out of the misters. There was a partial shade, the majority of the play area was in the sun.