Best Parks in Irvine, CA
Southern California is warm almost year-round, and that’s especially true when you go just a bit inland to cities like Irvine. That means you can head to the park most of the year for some fresh air, exercise, and time with your kids.
We’ve selected five parks, each with its own character, that we think you’ll enjoy.
University Community Park
You’ll find University Community Park where Beech Tree Ln and Royce Rd meet off University Drive. The park covers 16 acres and includes lots of space to play and exercise, including a children’s play area, an open play area, soccer fields, a racquetball court, tennis courts, a basketball court, volleyball courts, and a baseball diamond. It also has things people need, like drinking fountains and restrooms, and if you want to have lunch there, you’ll find two barbecues and lots of picnic tables. Plus, if you need to work on a laptop or charge your phone, you’ll be happy to know there are even electrical outlets.
If you’re holding a birthday party or other event here, you can rent one or both of the multipurpose rooms and use the kitchen, courtyard, craft room, and exercise room.
The adjacent Adventure Playground includes a sensory garden and treehouse.
William R. Mason Regional Park
Keep in mind when you plan a trip to William R. Mason Regional Park that you will have to pay a small fee for parking, but it’s worth it. This park is 339 acres, including a 9-acre lake. People enjoy walking the wilderness hiking area, biking, sailing model boats, bringing their little ones to play in the toddler areas, enjoying picnics, and a lot more.
The park is on University Drive, just down the road from University Community Park, and open from sunrise to sunset. What else can you do here? Enjoy some bird watching, play horseshoe, play volleyball, walk your dog, or have a picnic. Yes, there’s more. We encourage you to visit the website for additional details.
Mike Ward/Woodbridge Community Park
Mike Ward/Woodbridge Community Park on Alton Pkwy comprises 22 acres, most of which is a grassy area suitable for walking or playing games like catch, frisbee, and soccer. There’s also a picnic shelter you can rent for events, basketball and volleyball courts, and an amphitheater.
On the premises is the Lakeview Senior Center, OC Turkish School, and Community Food Distribution Center.
Alton Athletic Park
Northwest along Alton Pkwy from Woodbridge Community Park, you’ll find Alton Athletic Park, also known as Mark Daily Athletic Field.
If you’re serious about playing soccer or baseball with friends, this is the place for you. The park has two soccer fields and three baseball diamonds (overlaid on each other), and the fields are well lit. There are even two batting cages and electrical outlets in this 10-acre park. Plus, you’ll find a concession stand open sometimes in case you’re hungry while you play.
Las Lomas Community Park
The 18-acre area known as Las Lomas Community Park is a fun place to visit with friends or your kids. It includes two play areas for children, courts so you can play soccer, tennis, basketball, racquetball or handball, and baseball or softball. There are two picnic shelters, plus many picnic tables and barbecues.
The Los Lomas Community Center is on the premises and has a multipurpose room, warming kitchen, and a craft room. Classes taught here include junior tennis lessons, youth, STEM courses, and much more. If you live in the area, it’s a great place to get involved in community activities.
If you like visiting nearby parks, there’s a good chance you enjoy travel and camping, too. If so, and you have a boat or RV, you’ll need a place to store your large vehicle. At RV Storage Depot, we specialize in storing boats and RVs and keeping them secure between your adventures. Visit us in person or online for more information.