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October 13, 2017 
Fire-Damaged Parks to Remain Closed Through Weekend

The Canyon Fire 2 swept through eastern Orange County this week, burning extensively into multiple County parks, closing three regional parks at least through Monday.

Irvine Regional Park, Peters Canyon Regional Park and Santiago Oaks Regional Park still have numerous hot spots, weakened trees and other hazards that make them unsafe to enter without proper precautions. Active flare ups continued to plague the parks as late as Friday morning, and fire weather conditions are expected Saturday through midday Sunday.


October 13, 2017 
OC Parks Canyon Fire 2 Status Update 10/13/17

Of the more than 9,000 acres estimated damaged in the Canyon Fire 2, the large majority are within four primary OC Parks regional properties: Irvine Regional Park, Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Peters Canyon Regional Park, and Irvine Ranch Open Space. Other facilities, including several regional trail segments, are also damaged.


October 10, 2017 
Canyon Fire 2 Closures

Irvine, Santiago Oaks and Peters Canyon regional parks and the OC Zoo remain closed.


October 5, 2017 
Free Ranger-Led Night Hikes Scheduled

Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting - in the dark! Park rangers will lead starlit hikes showcasing the natural wonders that can onlybe seen at night. The night hikes will feature many funactivities.

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September 29, 2017 
Park and Zoo Closed for Fire Camp

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Irvine Regional Park and OC Zoo are closed while fire crews battle the nearby Canyon Fire. This closure includes the Irvine Park Railroad, and is expected to last through the weekend.

More than 1,500 fire personnel, engines and other resources from throughout the state are using the park as their base of operations during the incident. The fire is not threatening the park.

The Canyon Fire started Sept. 25, near State Route 91 in Coal Canyon. For more information about the fire, please visit the incident website at OCFA.org.


August 28, 2017 
East Bluff Erosion Repairs

OC Public Works will be making repairs on the east bluff adjacent to Back Bay Drive. Back Bay Drive will be open to the public during construction, except during a two -week period in September 2017 when the road will be closed to vehicular traffic. Pedestrians and bicyclists may continue to use the trail during that time in adherence to safety flag person


August 24, 2017 
Coastal Cleanup Day

Join OC Parks, the Newport Bay Conservancy, and thousands of other volunteers across California for Coastal Cleanup Day 2017! We will be cleaning up the bay and surrounding areas by picking up trash and debris. Bring, hats, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and a reusable bag or bucket. Rubber boots or water shoes are also recommended.


August 24, 2017 
Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch in Orange County is fun for the entire family. Come out and enjoy the many activities for kids of all ages. The Pumpkin Patch is located just behind the train station and admission is FREE. Please note that a gate entrance fee will be charged by the County of Orange for each vehicle that enters Irvine Regional Park.


August 17, 2017 
Board Approves Contract for Aliso and Wood Canyons Visitor Center

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Improvements to the entry of Aliso Wood and Canyons Wilderness Park will enter their next phase, after the Board of Supervisors on August 8 approved a contract to build a new visitor center.

The park’s 4,500 acres of coastal canyons, grasslands and oak and sycamore woodlands, represent one of the most pristine remaining natural areas in Orange County. The recently completed, award-winning enhancements to the park’s main entrance provide a staging area for hikers, bikers and equestrians to start their journey into the park. The next phase of improvements to the main entry include a visitor center, restrooms and park staff offices.


August 14, 2017 
Tall Ships Festival Returns to Dana Point Harbor September 8-10

Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, the County of Orange and OC Parks in partnership with Ocean Institute, invite the community to celebrate California’s rich maritime history during the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point Harbor. Gather friends and family for three days of events Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 and experience the ultimate seaside adventure!


August 1, 2017 
Aerial Weed Survey

Between August 7 and August 18, the Nature Communities Coalition, in collaboration with OC Parks, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy will conduct an aerial weed survey during daylight hours using a small, low-flying helicopter to document and map the distribution of over 30 weed species located within selected inland parks and open space areas.

Parks to be surveyed are the Irvine Ranch Open Space, Irvine Regional Park and Santiago Oaks Regional Park.


July 26, 2017 
Bay View Bridge Temporary Closure

OC Public Works will begin repairs on the Bay View Bridge at Upper Newport Bay located within the City of Newport Beach. Portions of the Brown/Bay View trail will be temporarily closed from July 31 to Sept. 15, 2017 for construction activities.


July 26, 2017 
Villa Park Dam Water Release

OC Public Works will gradually release large amounts of water nightly from Villa Park Dam into Santiago Creek after park hours for approximately two weeks starting Aug. 7.


July 19, 2017 
Awma Bridge Rehabilitation Temporary Half Bridge Closures

OC Public Works will continue work on rehabilitating the Awma Road Bridge in the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park July 21 and July 25-28. Work includes repairing asphalt surfaces, applying wood preservative to the support beams, repairing the side retaining wall, and reattaching the existing iron fence.


July 18, 2017 
Edison-Viejo Trail Closure

Recent developments have changed the status of the Edison-Viejo Trail. As such, OC Parks no longer maintains a license agreement for trail access. Trail users can access Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and the Aliso Creek Bikeway by using Glenn Ranch Road.


July 3, 2017 
Fireworks Prohibited in County Parks

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All fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, are prohibited in County parks.

Regional parks are expected to be very busy July 4, and parking fees at most regional parks will be $7.

A list of professional fireworks displays is available on the Orange County Fire Authority website.


June 8, 2017 
Please share your thoughts on OC Parks

Our OC Parks are important to our communities. This brief questionnaire is your opportunity to let the County of Orange know your thoughts about our parks. What is working? What would you love to see more of in your OC parks?

Your feedback is valuable, and your individual responses will be kept confidential. KH Consulting Group (KH) will use your input to help us shape OC Parks' strategic plan to make your parks and community even better!

Here is the link to the questionnaire (English, Spanish, and Vietnamese):

We encourage you to share the link with others – friends, family members, neighbors, park users, constituents… anyone who cares about our parks and their future.

We want to hear from you!


June 2, 2017 
50 Free Things to do This Summer in OC Parks

Your guide to 50 free summer events happening at OC Parks! Events include concerts, movie nights, guided hikes, stewardship opportunities and more.


May 11, 2017 
Villa Park Dam Water Release

OC Public Works will be gradually releasing large amounts of water from behind Villa Park Dam into Santiago Creek located within Santiago Oaks Regional Park.

Timing: Beginning Sunday, May 14th, 2017 and continuing for approximately two weeks

Work Hours: 9 p.m. through 4 a.m.

Note: The release will take place after the park is closed and all trail access points within the park will re-open during normal operating hours the next day. The water release is scheduled to stop early in the morning to allow for proper drainage.

As part of ongoing flood control maintenance, the release of water is necessary to reduce the potential for flooding. Project safety measures will be in place to ensure the safety of the public. Staff will also be on site until the project is complete. The public is advised to avoid the project area during active water releases.


May 2, 2017 
OC Parks Presents Sunset Cinema

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the first Sunset Cinema film series, featuring 12 free movies at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Salt Creek Beach, Mason Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, and Yorba Regional Park. Sunset Cinema will screen recent favorite and popular classic films June 3 – August 18 around sunset.


May 2, 2017 
OC Parks 2017 Catfish Stocking Schedule by Week

Upcoming catfish stocking schedules by week for Carbon Canyon, Craig, Clark, Tri-City, Laguna Niguel, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks.

More specific dates are not given to avoid focusing excess fishing activity immediately after a plant.


April 19, 2017 
New Exhibit Features Segerstrom Family Archives

The Old Orange County Courthouse will host Segerstrom Pioneering Spirit: The American Dream from April 25 to July 14, spotlighting the Segerstrom family's influence on Orange County.

The show will showcase imagery from the Segerstrom family archives and Ruth Ann Moriarty's archives. The exhibition tells the story of the Segerstrom family's journey from Sweden to the United States, and their subsequent accomplishments and achievements developing Orange County -- both commercially and civilly -- into the international destination it is today.


April 3, 2017 
OC Parks 2017 Summer Concert Series

10 free concerts bring Donavon Frankenreiter, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Matt Costa, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness to the OC Parks summer stage.


March 1, 2017 
Extended Park Hours Begin March 12

The clocks spring forward early March 12, marking the beginning of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 9 p.m. for the spring and summer, and wilderness parks close at sunset.


February 28, 2017 
Aerial Hydromulching Taking Place March 2

On Thursday, March 2, the County of Orange / OC Parks will provide aerial hydromulch and seeding application to a 5-acre landslide area within the Los Trancos section of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The specific area for this project is east of Newport Coast Drive and south of Pelican Hill Road / Ocean Ridge Drive.

Hydromulching, or hydroseeding, is a planting process that involves spraying a mix of seed and mulch. It is often used as an erosion control technique rather than the traditional process of broadcasting or sowing dry seed. The seed mix will consist of native plants common to the area and will assist with reducing erosion with native plant restoration within the landslide area. The project will use a Bell helicopter, hydromulch mixing truck, support vehicle and trailer, as well as a hydromulch spreader bucket.

The work should take no more than one day and will be postponed if rain occurs.

We ask for the public’s cooperation to stay out of the area during that time.

Click "Read More" for a map of the affected area.


February 27, 2017 
Spring 2017 Scholastic Surfing Class Schedule

Capistrano Unified School District conducts surfing classes for students at Salt Creek Beach throughout the school year. The beach remains open to the public during these times. Please see the link below for days and times the beach may be affected.


February 22, 2017 
Mason Regional Park Welcomes Babychella Festival March 12

The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to welcome the inaugural Babychella Family Art & Music Festival at Mason Regional Park in Irvine on Sunday, March 12 from 12 – 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly event invites parents and children to enjoy entertainment and activities in the park’s picturesque springtime setting.


February 1, 2017 
Concessions RFP - Laguna Niguel Lake and Aliso Beach Cafe

News ImageThe County of Orange, Calif. is issuing this Request for Proposals to solicit responses from qualified individuals or business entities to operate and manage two County-owned facilities under the terms of a Ground Lease.

The two facilities offered for Lease are a facility located within the Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Laguna Niguel overlooking Sulphur Creek Reservoir and a facility located in Aliso Beach Park, Laguna Beach overlooking the ocean. The intent of this RFP is to seek Proposers who possess the qualifications, experience, and expertise necessary to successfully develop and operate a business on one or both Concession Sites.


January 26, 2017 
Park to reopen Thursday, Feb. 16

UPDATE 2/15/17: Ortega Highway has now reopened. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

Ortega Highway (74) is closed in both directions until further notice due to storm damage. Caspers Wilderness Park will be closed for the duration of the road closure, but rangers will continue to patrol the park.

If you have questions about camping reservations, call the park at (949) 923-2210. For information about the road closure, please visit the Caltrans website.


January 26, 2017 
Partial Trail Closures

Trails have reopened following last week's storms with some restrictions, as follows:

  • Eagle Grove and Vedanta Wilderness Area: Open - Live Oak Trail/Vista / Hoffman Homestead / Coyote Trail / Pawfoot Trail

  • Arroyo Trabuco Trail: Partial Opening– All Trabuco Creek crossings remain closed due to flowing water. Do not attempt to cross swift moving water. Open areas include Aventura gate to Arroyo Vista / Rancho Santa Margarita Bridge to O’Neill Park / Oso Parkway to Crown Valley Bridge

  • Tijeras Creek Trail and Chiquita Ridge: Open- Some pooled water remains and there is mud in shaded areas


January 26, 2017 
Park Ranger Recruitment Opens Feb. 6

OC Parks has posted an opportunity for the position of Park Ranger. Applications will be accepted Feb. 6 through 7 only. Click for the job bulletin.


January 18, 2017 
Wet Weather Brings Trail Closures

During and after rain, check the Alerts page for information about current trail closures, which may last up to three days following significant rain.


January 5, 2017 
Habitat Restoration Begins at Talbert Regional Park

Starting Jan. 11, OC Parks and habitat restoration specialists will begin a pampas grass removal project at Talbert Regional Park, South of Victoria Avenue. Park visitors may experience some temporary trail closures during this time.
Learn more about the Talbert Regional Park by reading the full Habitat Restoration Plan


December 21, 2016 
Wagon Wheel Creek Restoration & Stormwater Management Project

News ImageSegments of Wagon Wheel Creek and Pheasant Run trails will be closed through May for a creek restoration program. Project Information


November 9, 2016 
Dana Point Harbor Welcomes Under the Sea Boat Parade

News Image42nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights with festive holiday activities Dec. 2-17.


November 8, 2016 
Holiday Events at OC Parks

News ImageFind your perfect tree, ride a holiday train, meet Santa, take a night hike or see your favorite zoo animals get their gifts. December has plenty of festive fun to offer!


October 28, 2016 
Night Hikes Scheduled at Regional Parks

Register now for the rare opportunities to hike after dark in OC Parks. Click the links below for more details.


October 26, 2016 
Dana Point Harbor Revitalization

News ImageRead information about the status of the Dana Point Harbor revitalization project and current request for proposals.


October 19, 2016 
Unusual Odor Reported at Golf Course

OC Parks is aware of a strong odor from a lake at Mile Square Golf Course. We have been working with the lessee that operates the golf course to resolve the issue, and after some improvement late last week, the odor has returned. While the odor is unpleasant, it does not present a danger to the public. We are continuing to work with the golf course operator to permanently fix the problem as quickly as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Mile Square Golf Course at (714) 962-5541; when prompted press #1 for the Pro Shop.


October 18, 2016 
OC Parks 2016-17 Fish Stocking Schedule by Week

Updated 2/10/17 - Upcoming trout and catfish stocking schedules by week for Carbon Canyon, Craig, Clark, Laguna Niguel, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks.

More specific dates are not given to avoid focusing excess fishing activity immediately after a plant.


September 29, 2016 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 6

The clocks fall back early Nov. 6, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset.


September 27, 2016 
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and O’Neill Regional Park Reopen Following Mountain Lion Investigation

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and closed areas of O’Neill Regional Park reopened Tuesday following closures Friday, Sept. 23 due to multiple mountain lion sightings in the area.

OC Parks rangers and game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife continued their investigations throughout the weekend and found no further evidence of mountain lion activity in either park. State wildlife officials recommended Tuesday that the parks resume regular operations at that time.

Both parks reopened, but visitors are advised to remain alert to potential hazards in these parks and whenever visiting wilderness areas.


September 23, 2016 
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and Portions of O’Neill Regional Park Closed for Mountain Lion Investigation

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and day use areas in the western end of O’Neill Regional Park were closed Friday for a mountain lion investigation and will remain closed until further notice.

Park visitors reported multiple mountain lion sightings at O'Neill Regional Park Thursday evening and OC Parks rangers conducted an investigation. Friday morning, wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife joined the investigation and recommended closing the area as a precaution.

Additional sightings were reported at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park midday Friday, and wildlife officials recommended closing that park as well.

The O’Neill closure includes the Vedanta Wilderness Area, Eagle Grove Day Use Area, Live Oak and connecting trails. The Mesa Day Use Area, Arroyo Trabuco and campgrounds remain open.

Thursday’s sightings at O’Neill Regional Park follow three sightings at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park on Monday, Sept. 19. Rangers and game wardens investigated those sightings on Monday and Tuesday. Rangers placed warning signs at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and continue to patrol the area.

Visitors to all wilderness areas should always remain alert to potential hazards and report any sightings to the park office at (949) 923-2260. If you encounter a mountain lion, make yourself look large, make noise, throw rocks and do not turn your back to the animal or run.

Please see the mountain lion flier on our website for information about what to do if you encounter one.


September 21, 2016 
Recent Mountain Lion Sightings Reported

Rangers at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park received three reports of mountain lion sightings at the park on Monday, Sept. 19. Rangers and game wardens investigated all the sightings. Rangers have placed warning signs at the park and continue to patrol the area.

Visitors to all wilderness areas should always remain alert to potential hazards and report any sightings to the park office at (949) 923-2245.

Please see our mountain lion flier for information about what to do if you encounter one.


September 2, 2016 
Fall 2016 Scholastic Surfing Class Schedule

Capistrano Unified School District conducts surfing classes for students at Salt Creek Beach throughout the school year. The beach remains open to the public during these times. Please see the link below for days and times the beach may be affected.


August 19, 2016 
OC Parks Mobile App Now Available

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The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.

Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.


August 11, 2016 
Google Trekkers Hit the Trails in OC Parks

News ImageStarting in August, hikers will be collecting imagery of Orange County trails using the Google Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. The Trekker automatically gathers images as it goes. Later the imagery will be stitched together to create the 360-degree panoramas you see today in Google Maps.


August 5, 2016 
Exhibit: The Endless Summer

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With over 100 items from the legendary 1964 documentary – including Bruce Brown’s cameras, tape recorder, projector, editing table, Robert August’s passport, matching trunks and jacket, original photos and sketches, and foreign and domestic movie posters – this exhibit at the Old Orange County Courthouse is the definitive collection associated with surfing’s most iconic movie.

Also, enjoy a screening of the movie at Salt Creek Beach Aug. 20.


July 13, 2016 
Awma Road Open to Two-Way Traffic Beginning July 18

Beginning July 18, 2016, Awma Road will be open to two-way traffic, and all vehicles parking at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park must enter and exit from Alicia Parkway.

Awma Road vehicle traffic will have access to the park and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 28291 Alicia Parkway. Vehicle traffic will not be able to access the parking lot or church through Wood Canyon Drive and Knollwood.

A gate on Awma Road at Knollwood will allow through traffic for pedestrians, bicycles and emergency vehicles only.


July 12, 2016 
CHILDREN WITH COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES TO GET FREE PARK ACCESS

(Santa Ana, Calif.) – Volunteers who mentor many of Orange County’s neediest children will have free parking at County regional, wilderness and beach parks, thanks to a new program with OC Parks and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA) designed to get those children outside.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors today approved a Memorandum of Understanding with CASA that provides their volunteer advocates with OC Parks annual passes free of charge. CASA is a nonprofit organization that provides children in care with trained volunteer mentors to advocate for their best interests.

“This agreement allows CASA volunteers to provide positive outdoor experiences in our County parks to children who have been abused and neglected,” Lisa Bartlett, Chairwoman for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, said.


June 9, 2016 
Helicopter Conducting Aerial Weed Survey

News ImageBetween June 18 to June 24 and July 5 to July 12, the Nature Communities Coalition (NCC), in collaboration with OC Parks, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and The Nature Conservancy will conduct an aerial weed survey during daylight hours using a small, low-flying helicopter to document and map the distribution of over 30 weed species located within selected inland parks and open space areas.

Whiting Ranch, Irvine, Santiago Oaks, Irvine Ranch Open Space and Peters Canyon will be included in the survey.

The resulting information will provide details about the abundance and distribution of invasive weeds and help land managers evaluate the effectiveness of current weed monitoring practices, identify emerging weed problems, and strategically plan future weed management actions.


June 2, 2016 
OC Parks 2016 Summer Concert Series

The County of Orange and OC Parks welcome back the annual outdoor summer concert series with 10 free concerts at Craig Regional Park, Tri-City Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park and Salt Creek Beach. Each concert event will offer free live music under the summer sky on Thursday evenings June 30 through September 1.


May 27, 2016 
Final Talbert Regional Park Restoration Plan

The final Talbert Regional Park Restoration Plan is now available to view.


May 25, 2016 
Vintage Hat Exhibit

Heritage Hill Historical Park, along with its supporting volunteer organization The Amigos de la Colina, is pleased to welcome the public to enjoy its display of vintage hats.

On view at the park in Lake Forest from May 24 through August 1, the hats are a collection of a wide variety dating from late 1800s through the 1950s.

Visit the park for a “tip of the hat” to Orange County history.


May 6, 2016 
New East Sinks Viewing Deck Opens in Limestone Canyon

News ImageThe new East Sinks Viewing Deck, which boasts stunning vistas of Orange County’s very own “mini Grand Canyon,” is now open for visitors after a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 3 in OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and OC Parks staff were joined by hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and Irvine Ranch Conservancy staff and volunteers in dedicating the new deck, which is the second platform overlooking The Sinks.


April 19, 2016 
Ladera Ridge Habitat Protection

News ImageSignificant traffic on unauthorized trails has caused damage in the Ladera Ridge (Las Flores) area of the park. This area is closed, and in the interest of protecting the valuable natural resources found on both County and the Rancho Mission Viejo Reserve, measures will be taken to prevent further destruction.


March 15, 2016 
Large Crowds Expected Easter, Persian New Year Weekends

Many County regional parks are expecting large crowds March 27 and April 3 due to Easter and Persian New Year.

Easter, which falls on March 27 this year, is typically one of the busiest holidays at all OC Parks regional parks, and particularly Irvine and Mile Square regional parks. Persian New Year, April 3, also draws large crowds to Mason and Laguna Niguel regional parks.

On these holidays, these parks fill to parking capacity very early in the day. Once this happens, visitors must find other legal parking outside of the parks and walk in.


March 14, 2016 
See Local Fossils at Celebrate Ladera

Join the Cooper Center and OC Parks and see local Orange County fossils and artifacts at Celebrate Ladera in Ladera Ranch, Saturday, April 30 from 1-5 p.m.

The Cooper Center will also have fossils available the same day at Science in the Park at Irvine Regional Park.


February 19, 2016 
Nature Trail Loop, Oak Trail and Dick Loskorn Trail Closures

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The Nature Trail Loop, Oak Trail and Dick Loskorn Trail have been closed for your safety until further notice.

The trails contain many dead and dying oak and sycamore trees as a result of continuing drought conditions. These trees pose a serious threat to all trail users.

Closing these trails serves two purposes. In addition to keeping visitors away from hazards, the closures offer the best chances for the groves to recover.

Other hiking trail options in this area include the eastern section of Nature Trail Loop, Bell CanyonTrail, Quail Run Trail, Star Rise Trail, and West Ridge Trail.


January 8, 2016 
Spring 2016 Scholastic Surfing Class Schedule

Capistrano Unified School District conducts surfing classes for students at Salt Creek Beach throughout the school year. The beach remains open to the public during these times. Please see the link below for days and times the beach may be affected.


December 4, 2015 
Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer in OC Parks Trees

The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) is an invasive beetle that attacks common native and landscape trees, leading to branch dieback and overall decline. This can have a devastating effect on local trees, and you may see some being treated or removed in County parks.


November 30, 2015 
Sunset/Huntington Harbour Project Information

Public informational meetings regarding the Sunset/Huntington Harbour maintenance dredging and waterline installation project are scheduled for the evenings of Dec. 3, Dec. 17 and Jan. 14.


October 15, 2015 
Fishing Continues at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Laguna Niguel Regional Park will continue to welcome anglers to its popular lake. However, visitors may notice some changes.

Starting Nov. 1, there will no longer be a concession operating at the lake. A California fishing license will be required for persons 16 years and older.

Park hours will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. fall and winter, and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. spring and summer. (Flier)


October 5, 2015 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 1

The clocks fall back early Nov. 1, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Wilderness parks close at sunset and most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter.


September 22, 2015 
Preservation Work Begins on Old Courthouse Building

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Exterior preservation of the landmark Old Orange County Courthouse is taking place the week of Sept. 21. This work is the first significant maintenance and repair of the iconic building’s distinctive sandstone cladding in nearly 30 years.

The project includes maintenance of the granite base and wood windows. This first phase focuses on the building’s south façade, including the highly ornate, colonnaded entry that is a favorite backdrop for wedding photographs.


September 16, 2015 
Halloween Events at Heritage Hill

Heritage Hill Historical Park offers fall fun for all ages at the family-friendly Autumn Harvest Festival Oct. 10 and the eighth annual Haunt at Heritage Hill for serious scares Oct. 16 and 17.


August 25, 2015 
10th Annual Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Park Railroad’s 10th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10 a.m., beginning September 19 through October 31.


August 24, 2015 
Fall 2015 Scholastic Surfing Class Schedule

Capistrano Unified School District conducts surfing classes for students at Salt Creek Beach throughout the school year. The beach remains open to the public during these times. Please see the links below for days and times the beach may be affected.

Fall 2015 Schedule


August 10, 2015 
Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories Exhibition

OC Parks in partnership with the UC Irvine Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP) present this 8-month art and history exhibition in the historic gallery of the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana from July 2015 to February 2016.


July 8, 2015 
OC Zoo Welcomes New Bear

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The OC Zoo will introduce its newest animal – a young California black bear – at a special event Saturday, July 25.

The female bear, named Elinor, is believed to be a little more than one year old. Her official welcome will take place at 1:30 p.m. during the OC Zoo’s Zookeeper Appreciation Day event.

Elinor was found last year wandering alone in Humboldt County as a young cub and is believed to have been hit by a car. The cub recovered, but would not have survived in the wild.


July 2, 2015 
No Fireworks Permitted at OC Parks

News ImageMany people enjoy celebrating July 4 at OC Parks, and with the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, even more people may visit. Planning your visit ahead of time and knowing the rules can help make for a more enjoyable holiday.

Most importantly, fireworks are not permitted at County parks on July 4 or any other day.

Expect increased crowds at parks, particularly regional parks. Parking lots may fill early, and once they do no additional vehicles will be permitted in the park. All shelters will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis and one person must be present at all times to hold the shelter. No reservations are accepted for July 4.


June 26, 2015 
OC Parks 2015 Summer Concert Series

The 2015 OC Parks Summer Concert series kicks off July 23 at Bluff Park in Dana Point and continues every Thursday through Aug. 27, with dates at Mason, Mile Square, Irvine and Craig regional parks.


June 17, 2015 
Large-Animal Temporary Refuge Area Opens June 24 in Silverado Canyon

OC Parks will host a ribbon-cutting for a large-animal temporary refuge area June 24 at the former Silverado Elementary School.


June 1, 2015 
Public Workshop for Talbert Park Restoration Plan June 4

OC Parks will hold its second public workshop for the Habitat Restoration Plan of Talbert Regional Park on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center located at 1845 Park Avenue in Costa Mesa. Parking is available outside the Community Center. OC Parks’ consultants for the Habitat Restoration Plan will be facilitating the workshop with the team of experts developing this plan.


April 28, 2015 
Ending May 1: "The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust"

Only one week left to see “The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933 – 1945” created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. This exhibit explores the Holocaust during the Second World War. With nearly 200 original photographs, many never seen before by the general public, it has been viewed in dozens of countries across six continents. It is in the exhibit gallery on the third floor of the Old Orange County Courthouse until May 1.


April 20, 2015 
Trail Tips

The first thing to know about hiking or riding in the wilderness is that it is very different than walking around the block or even in your neighborhood park. The excitement and beauty of hitting the trails is what draws people outdoors, but being prepared is key to a positive experience. Here are some tips that will get you off on the right foot.


April 3, 2015 
Snakes on the Land

There are more snakes being seen out on the trails, and these sightings coincide with the time of year that snakes come out of a kind of hibernation. Being aware of this springtime activity, as well as some basic snake safety tips, helps people and wildlife coexist on the land. The number one thing to remember? Leave the snakes alone, and they will return the favor.


March 26, 2015 
Large Crowds Expected Easter Weekend

Easter is one of the busiest days of the year at regional parks. Parking lots fill very early in the morning and additional vehicles may not be brought into parks that have reached parking capacity. Parking fees for some regional parks will increase to $7 for Easter Sunday, April 5.


February 9, 2015 
Invasive Pest Found in Orange County

Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), an invasive beetle that has killed thousands of oak trees in San Diego and Riverside counties in a short span of time, has now been detected in Orange County. The GSOB was discovered in approximately 60 trees on County park land in northern Orange County. Since GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area.


December 29, 2014 
Amanda

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Amanda, a mountain lion that has been a main fixture at the OC Zoo for years, died Dec. 29. She was 16 years old.

Amanda was greatly beloved by staff, volunteers and zoo visitors. She will be greatly missed.


December 22, 2014 
OC Parks Introduces New Parking Passes

OC Parks is pleased to introduce new parking passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new “smart cards” replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking. Unlike the previous OC Parks passes, which were fixed to a calendar year (January through December), these smart cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. Moreover, for wilderness and beach locations which previously required a sticker affixed to a visitor’s windshield, these passes can be used with any vehicle. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014.


November 26, 2014 
Victorian Christmas at Heritage Hill

Saturday, Dec. 6: Festive Traditional Christmas entertainment, music and performances, children’s crafts, historical exhibits, handicraft vendors, tours through decorated historic buildings staffed by our docents, and visits with Santa.


November 26, 2014 
Candlelight Walk at Heritage Hill

Saturday and Sunday Dec. 13 and 14: Two enchanting evenings with luminaria-lit paths, historic buildings and trees aglow with Christmas lighting, strolls through restored historical buildings adorned in period décor and staffed by our docents, Victorian carolers, live entertainment in each building, storytellers, visits with Santa, refreshments.


November 21, 2014 
Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Ride the Christmas Train, meet Santa, decorate cookies and even pick out a tree at Irvine Regional Park weekends Nov. 28 to Dec. 14 and daily Dec. 14 to 23..


November 21, 2014 
Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Peltzer Pines Christmas Tree Farms is open daily following Thanksgiving through Dec. 23. The unique Christmas tree farm lets visitors choose and cut down their own trees.

The Silverado farm sits on part of the 20,000 acres donated to OC Parks in 2010. The County leases the farm to Peltzer Pines.


November 18, 2014 
Board of Supervisors Accepts 2,500-Acre Gift

Today the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to accept 2,500 acres of open space, donated by the Irvine Company to the County for preservation and public recreation. The donation provides additional connectivity to the 20,000 acres the Irvine Company donated to the County in 2010, which marked the largest single donation of land to the County in its history. The land accepted today was previously slated for construction of approximately 5,000 homes.


October 14, 2014 
Best of the Best – Kudos for OC Parks and Beaches

The 2014 edition of OC Weekly's "Best Of" shines a spotlight on what many county residents already know: Some of the best parks and beaches anywhere are right here in Orange County.


October 10, 2014 
Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast

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Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast is a statewide traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy filled with historic and contemporary photographs, food specimens, memoirs, and recipes.

The exhibit, which opens at Old Orange County Courthouse on Oct. 27 and runs through Dec. 20, 2014, features foods important in the lives of Native Californians including fish, shellfish, seaweed, meat, vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, nuts, seeds and salt.


October 7, 2014 
Lake Construction Complete

Lake construction is now complete and cleanup of the surrounding area is currently underway. Damaged grass will be replaced with new sod as the lake is being refilled. The refilling of the lake should take approximately one week. Once the lake has been refilled, the water will need to sit for a month for the brand new lake to reach a balance in the environment. Upon this balance being completed, OC Parks will introduce fish habitats into the lake and an aeration system will be installed to ensure proper oxygenation of the water for an optimum fish environment.



September 29, 2014 
Battle of the Paddle Map - Lifeguard Access

Oct. 4-5, 2014 OC Parks is hosting the Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek Beach. This is a large stand up paddle board event. The Salt Creek parking lot will have limited or no parking from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 to accommodate the event. On event days there will be free shuttles from the Selva parking lot.


September 17, 2014 
30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

The 30th annual Coastal Cleanup Day will take place Saturday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in most locations.


September 10, 2014 
Presentation Now Available for Talbert Habitat Restoration Plan

The presentation from first public workshop for the Habitat Restoration Plan of Talbert Regional Park on Wednesday Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is now availabe to view.


September 5, 2014 
Irvine Park Railroad’s 9th Annual Pumpkin Patch

News ImageIrvine Park Railroad’s ninth annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch, which is open daily at 10 a.m. September 20th through October 31.


August 20, 2014 
Explore OC Parks’ Irvine Ranch Open Space

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In 2010, OC Parks accepted a gift or 20,000 acres of open space from the Irvine Company. These special, protected wildlands, known as the Irvine Ranch Open Space, are operated by OC Parks, with public programs and activities available through the Irvine Ranch Conservancy.


August 15, 2014 
Public Workshop for Talbert Habitat Restoration Plan

OC Parks will hold its first public workshop for the Habitat Restoration Plan of Talbert Regional Park on Wednesday Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center located at 1845 Park Avenue in Costa Mesa. Parking is available outside the Community Center. OC Parks’ consultants for the Habitat Restoration Plan will be facilitating the workshop with the team of experts developing this plan.


August 15, 2014 
County to Hold Event to Discuss Relocation of Silverado Library

OC Parks and OC Public Libraries invite the public to learn more about the relocation of the Silverado Branch Library to the former Silverado Elementary School site.

The public meeting and workshop will take place Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the former school site, at 7531 Santiago Canyon Rd., Silverado, Calif.


July 15, 2014 
Carbon Canyon Regional Park Lake Restoration

On July 14, 2014, preparation began to restore Carbon Canyon Regional Park’s 4-acre lake to its original condition. Currently, the lake has diminished water quality and reduced capacity preventing it from being stocked with fish to provide recreational fishing opportunities by park visitors.

The excavation of the lake involves manually draining the lake of its water to allow heavy equipment to remove the soil. A 6-foot temporary fence will be placed around the perimeter of the lake to secure the project and to ensure the public’s safety.


June 30, 2014 
Improved Emerald Canyon Trail Now Open

News ImageWith the help of non-profit organizations, members of the public and community groups, OC Parks has re-opened the Emerald Canyon Trail. The trail was closed due to extensive damage sustained after heavy rains in 2010. The trail reconstruction included constructing a 60-foot bridge over a landslide area.


June 11, 2014 
Santa Ana River Trail Detours June 14

The Santa Ana River Trail will have detours and a possible closure on Saturday, June 14 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Santa Ana River Trail and Bikeway closest to the Angel Stadium and the Honda Center will be subject to the highest impact for all trail users in the city of Anaheim.

UCI’s commencement ceremony will taking place at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim Saturday. Heavy traffic is also predicted in the area. Please choose an alternative location to enjoy the Santa Ana River this Saturday.


May 27, 2014 
2014 OC Parks Summer Concert Series

OC Parks brings you free concerts Thursday nights June 26 through August 28 at Craig, Mason, Irvine and Mile Square regional parks, as well at Bluff Parks at Salt Creek Beach.


May 16, 2014 
Historic Resource Specialist Job Opening

The County is now recruiting for OC Parks Historic Resource Specialist. Click the link for more information and to apply online.


May 15, 2014 
Bugs and Butterflies

Come tour Riley Wilderness Park’s butterfly garden at this free, family-friendly event. Learn all about unique and unusual insects and how to attract birds and butterflies to your own garden.

Additional activities include children’s crafts and live animal presentations. Snacks and refreshments will also be available.


May 15, 2014 
Celebrating Yosemite at 150 Years

OC Parks and the Yosemite Conservancy invite you to watch Ken Burns’ Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film produced to honor the 150th anniversaryof the landmark federal act signed by Abraham Lincoln that preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.


April 12, 2014 
Orange County Crime Victims’ Monument Unveiling of Selected Design and Program

The Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks invite you to a tribute to all crime victims. The event will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and the winning design for the Orange County Crime Victims’ Monument will be announced.


April 7, 2014 
OC Crime Victims’ Monument Design to Be Unveiled Saturday

The public is invited to attend a program commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights Week on Saturday April 12, where the winner of the Orange County Crime Victims’ Monument Design Contest will be announced. The design competition was sponsored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks. The program begins at 10 a.m. at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.


March 28, 2014 
Navy Contractor Begins Stabilization and Assessment of Damaged Hangar

(March 28, 2014) – Work is currently underway on a project to assess a damaged roof section of the North Hangar at the former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin.


March 13, 2014 
Water Line Project May Affect Amenities

A critical water line replacement project at Caspers Wilderness Park is scheduled to begin in June 2014 and last until November 2014. During this time, amenities including flushing toilets, showers, and drinking water may be unavailable. Portable toilets and wash stations will be available throughout the park. For more information, please contact the park office at (949) 923-2210.


March 4, 2014 
Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza

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The Easter Bunny is coming to Irvine Park Railroad March 29 through April 19 for its annual Easter Eggstravaganza. Children and adults can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park. And, children ages 2 through 12 can participate in an Easter egg hunt. Each egg will be filled with candy or a prize.


February 7, 2014 
California History Education Program Public Day

March 8 take a trip back in time with Irvine Park Railroad’s 2014 Fourth Grade California History Education Program. This fun program – created by teachers, for teachers - is a hands-on learning experience and meets the State of California curriculum requirements for fourth grade history/social science. Parents and kids can experience this fun-filled field trip on this public day. Clik the link for details. By reservation only.


February 4, 2014 
Irvine Park Railroad’s 18th Anniversary Celebration 2014

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 18th anniversary Feb. 22 and 23. They are rolling back prices to the original 1996 prices, including $2 train rides!


January 30, 2014 
Haster Basin, Recreation Park and Pump Station Project Grand Reopening

Feb. 15, come see the newly redesigned Haster Basin, Recreation Park and Pump Station Project, a hybrid of both flood control protection and parks and recreation amenities.


January 7, 2014 
Outerbridge Photo Exhibit Comes to Old OC Courthouse

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Recently discovered, dynamic, vibrant color images of California and Mexico taken during the 1940s and 1950s by the late visionary photographer Paul Outerbridge, who was considered “a master of color photography,” will be on display in an upcoming exhibit at the Old Orange County Courthouse.

Sponsored by OC Parks, Paul Outerbridge: New Color Photographs from Mexico and California, 1948-1955 comes to the historic courthouse’s third-floor gallery at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in Santa Ana from January 13 through March 21. This is only the second time the collection has been exhibited in Southern California.


December 23, 2013 
2014 Salt Creek Beach Adult Surf Contest Schedule

  • Jan. 25-26: NSSA
  • March 29–30: WSA
  • June 14-16: NSSA Championships
  • Sept. 27: Cosmic Creek
  • Oct. 4–5: Battle of the Paddle
  • Nov. 22, 7 a.m.-4p.m.: Ritz – Surfing Santa
  • Dec. 13-14: Surfing America

December 23, 2013 
2014 OC Parks Annual Passes Now Available

OC Parks annual passes and decals offer convenient parking at your favorite regional and wilderness parks, as well as all County beach parks. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, exploring, surfing or rest and relaxation in nature with simple pre-paid parking at all locations. An OC Parks Pass makes for the perfect gift for the outdoor and adventurous friends and family members in your life.




December 19, 2013 
Farmers Market Closed Until January

The certified farmers market at Irvine Regional Park will be closed Dec. 24 and 31 for the holidays. It will return Jan. 7, 2014.

For more information on the Orange County Farm Bureau's farmers markets, check their website.


November 5, 2013 
Mile Square Archery Range Grand Reopening

Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen and OC Parks host the much-anticipated grand reopening of the Archery Range at Mile Square Regional Park Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.


October 23, 2013 
Night Owl Hike

Friday, Nov. 8 come for a hike -- in the dark! Call or email for reservations.


October 23, 2013 
Hoot 'n Howling Night Hike

Take a hike after dark on Friday, Nov. 8. Call or email to register.


October 23, 2013 
Kids' Fishing Clinic

Kids can learn how to fish on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 11 a.m.


October 23, 2013 
Irvine Park Railroad’s 18th Annual Christmas Train

News ImageThe annual Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train starts Nov. 29 at Irvine Regional Park.


October 2, 2013 
2013 Red Ribbon Week

OC Parks has partnered with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) for the countywide Red Ribbon Week; free weekend entrance on October 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 2013 for students wearing a red Drug Use is Life Abuse wristband. Click the link for a full list of facilities participating.


September 17, 2013 
New OC Parks Director Selected

(Santa Ana, CA) – OC Community Resources Director Steve Franks announced Aug. 30 that Stacy Blackwood has been appointed as the new Director of OC Parks.


September 13, 2013 
Irvine Park Railroad’s 8th Annual Pumpkin Patch

News ImageIrvine Park Railroad’s eighth annual Pumpkin Patch is open daily Sept. 21 through Oct. 31. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and until 6 p.m. weekends.


August 28, 2013 
OC Parks Welcomes Back NASA’s JPL Educational Series “Mars and Stars”

The first event in a three-part series will visit Upper Newport Bay on Saturday, September 14 with a special presentation on Dawn Mission.


August 26, 2013 
Hank Conger of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the OC Zoo

On Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m., Angels catcher Hank Conger will make a special appearance at the OC Zoo and all visitors wearing Angels gear will receive free admission. In addition, all visitors wearing Angels gear will get two-for-one rides on the train at Irvine Park Railroad. Both offers are good for the entire day.


July 2, 2013 
4th Annual OC Parks Sports Day

News ImageOn Saturday, July 20, OC Parks is pleased to present the fourth annual OC Parks Sports Day at Craig Regional Park in Fullerton 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


June 20, 2013 
Notice Inviting Bids - OC Parks Headquarters

OC Parks Headquarters Campus Plan Improvements - Historic Preservation at the Irvine Ranch Historic Park


June 4, 2013 
Ortega Highway Construction - Vehicle Length Limits Apply

Lanes on the Ortega Highway bridge over the I-5 freeway are reduced to two lanes in either direction in preparation for upcoming demolition activities on the south half of the bridge. Traffic near Caspers Wilderness Park may be impacted.


May 8, 2013 
OC Parks Presents the 2013 Summer Concert Series

News ImageOC Parks welcomes back its annual concert series. Thirteen free concerts will take place every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning in June and ending in August.


April 11, 2013 
Orange County Crime Victims’ Memorial Site Unveiling and Inaugural Candlelight Vigil

The Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks invite you to a tribute to all crime victims on Wednesday, April 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mason Regional Park.


March 15, 2013 
Large Crowds Expected March 31

County regional parks are expecting large crowds on Sunday, March 31 due to two coinciding holidays.

Two of the busiest holidays each year – Easter and Persian New Year – both fall on March 31 this year. This will likely fill regional parks to parking capacity very early in the day. Once this happens, visitors must find other legal parking outside of the parks.


February 28, 2013 
St. Patrick's Day Events at OC Parks

News ImageGo green and celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day holiday with OC Parks. O’Neill Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, OC Zoo and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve are all presenting themed special events on March 17 to get you into the Irish spirit.


February 20, 2013 
Irvine Park Railroad's Upcoming Events

News ImageIrvine Park Railroad in Irvine Regional Park begins the New Year with some exciting family events.


February 15, 2013 
OC Zoo Loses a Friend

News ImageNacho, a much-loved 15-year-old black bear at the OC Zoo, died on Valentine's Day.


February 11, 2013 
Baby Beach Sand Closed

Sand area will be closed Friday, March 1.


February 4, 2013 
Project: Historic Preservation at Irvine Ranch Historic Park

OC Parks will be working on campus plan improvements at their headquarters inside Irvine Ranch Historic Park in Irvine.

On January 29, 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved the project’s plans and specifications, and the list of contractors who prequalified to bid on the preservation work. The Board authorized OC Parks to solicit bids per the attached notice inviting bids.

Click here for prequalified bidder information. Click here for a site plan.


December 13, 2012 
Habitat Restoration in Progress Until December 2013

OC Parks is currently working to remove approximately 25 acres of invasive Arundo vegetation along a 3.7 mile section of Aliso Creek. This project will also allow for re-propagation of existing native plants, improve water quality, and reduce the risk of flooding and fire. This is one of several projects to completely remove Arundo and other invasive plants from the Aliso Creek watershed.


December 5, 2012 
Trout Season at Laguna Niguel

News ImageRainbow trout is stocked every Tuesday at Laguna Niguel Lake.


November 7, 2012 
Holiday Events Come to OC Parks

News ImageTraditional crafts and carols, illumination displays, a tree lighting, special zoo event and the Christmas Train highlight the holiday season. These events bring alive the history and fun in OC Parks.