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Accessible Playgrounds in Orange County

Accessible Playgrounds in Orange County

Accessible playgrounds in Orange County have play equipment designed for children with special needs. Many times, that means the actual play structure has ramps that accommodate children in wheelchairs.

It also means much of the play surface around the equipment is a flat recycled rubber surface.

I’ve seen accessible swings and “boats” which fit wheelchairs and friends can rock for fun. Some of the parks listed have accessible features, but are not fully accessible.

Accessible Playground List for Orange County

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Here’s a more visual guide to the most accessible parks.

Cherry Park Lake Forest

Cherry Park in Lake Forest is the newest accessible playground in Orange County. The ramps are extensive and there are play opportunities for people of all ages and capabilities.

All-Inclusive Huntington Beach Playground in the Sand

Huntington Beach’s all inclusive beach playground is the only accessible playground in Orange County on the sand with a pirate ship design and view of the pier. Best for 2-5 year olds.

Pavion Park Accessible Playground in Mission Viejo

I like Pavion Park in Mission Viejo for its colorful design, seating areas for adults (which we never get to use), and play equipment not found at many other places in OC.

Box Canyon Park in Yorba Linda is popular for North County residents. I always like to say it’s pirates vs. castles! And it’s set in such a lovely spot.

Courtney’s Sandcastle in San Clemente is for the South County crowd. It’s right next door to the San Clemente Aquatic Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park. This park is particularly notable for its incredible sensory garden. It’s also gated and comes equipped with restrooms for peace of mind.

Angel’s Playground at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa was the first accessible park I visited in Orange County. It’s massive and just as colorful as Pavion.

Tustin Sports Park is known for its shade cover and it was entirely renovated in 2022 to be accessible. It definitely has accessible features, but I think you can tell from the photo that the main play structure does not have ramps. Click over to the blog post to see more photos!

Pittsford Park is another oldie, but goodie with some accessible features.

Garden Grove Park opened in 2022 as an all-inclusive aircraft-themed playground. The city’s website says: “The new play area boasts airfield- and space-themed equipment that includes airplane and rocket ship play structures, play chimes, a rocking play feature called the Cruiser, and a merry-go-round, which are ADA accessible.”

I still need to get photos of Barton Park in Anaheim, but you can visit the City of Anaheim website for more information. Same goes for the George Upton Park Playground inside Thornton Park in Santa Ana.

Harry M. Dotson Park in Stanton (accessible features) used to be in the main list, but it’s not recommended as of Summer 2023 due to reported nearby gang activity. But I’m leaving it here in hopes that will improve — or in case you are familiar with the area and are okay with the risk.

Send an email to to suggest other accessible playgrounds. If you happen to source your article based on a blog post, I’d appreciate you citing me as a source and providing a link back to my blog.

More parks for specific needs:

*Source: “Park for universally challenged kids opens in South Orange County,” OC Register, Erika I. Ritchie (October 2008) with more parks added and research of my own over the years

Originally published in November 2008.

i'm kelly

Monday 10th of November 2008

what an incredible thing! i love that more and more cities are building universally accessible parks!

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