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University Community Park in Irvine for a Full Day of Play – and Reading

University Community Park in Irvine for a Full Day of Play – and Reading

University Community Park in Irvine holds a strong spot in my mental checklist of Top 10 Parks in Orange County.  I love the location and the arrangement of the play equipment.

How to Get to University Community Park in Irvine:  Exit Interstate 405 at Jeffrey Rd./University Dr. and turn towards the UC Irvine and Tanaka Farms.  Turn right on Beech Tree Lane and park in the lot ahead on your left.  (Address: 1 Beech Tree Lane, Irvine) MAP TO UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY PARK IN IRVINE

For big kids


  • Easy to access from I-405
  • Near UC Irvine and Tanaka Farms, plus there’s a gas station, IHOP, and Ralphs grocery store on your way (at the corner of Michelson and University)
  • The playground is beautiful with mostly recycled rubber surfaces and shade cover
  • It works for all ages. My older son had fun on the spinning equipment and rock climbing — while my younger daughter loved the low-to-the-ground monkey bars.
  • It’s easy to see the kids from all angles — and there is a low wall to sit on and watch the action or shelter under the shade near the picnic tables.
  • It’s away from busy streets.
  • The Irvine Adventure Playground is right on this property
  • You can rent out rooms inside the Community Center for events or b-day parties (picnic tables are first come, first serve)
  • 2 bench swings, 2 baby swings
  • I absolutely LOVE that the library is right next door. We often pay a visit to the Friends of the Library bookstore.
  • Nature connection: There is a hidden path with some trees near the Beech Tree parking lot – fun for kids to explore. Also, check out the birdfeeder outside the community center.
For little kids

Be Aware:

  • It can get busy when camps are in session.
  • Not much shade on the playground
  • NO bounce houses allowed for parties


  • Dedicated parking lots on both sides of the playground (Beech Tree Lane and off Sandburg Way)
  • Play surface: Mostly recycled rubber with sand around the climbing boulder
  • Restrooms are VERY nice and located at the back of the community center
  • Shaded picnic area right on the playground
  • Drinking fountains
  • Every sports field and court imaginable: handball, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball, baseball diamond (and they are all lighted!)
  • Make facility reservations through the City of Irvine
  • Nearest public library: University Park Library is within walking distance

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Originally published in August 2011.