For the past 20 years, Orange County Codified Ordinance OCCO 2-5-29(n) prohibited the use of all motorized conveyances, including electric bicycles (eBikes) on all County bikeways and trails.
On July 17, 2018, the Board of Supervisors passed a revision to the ordinance, making the following exception: “Class 1 and Class 2 electric bicycles, as defined by the California Vehicle Code, on those regional paved, off-road bikeways designated for such use by the Director of OC Parks.”
Currently, this means that Class 1 and 2 eBikes are now permitted on more than 75 miles of paved Orange County regional bikeways. Due to safety concerns, all classes of eBikes continue to be prohibited on unpaved trails within regional and wilderness parks.
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.
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.
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.
The clocks fall back early Nov. 4, 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.
The Old Orange County Courthouse will host the exhibit On the Edge of Flames – Fire and Recovery at Orange County Parks from June 11 to Oct. 12, 2018.
With a special focus on Canyon Fire 2 from 2017, the displays show how fire has affected the land, the response during and directly after a fire, and how OC Parks and other partners help the land recover.
This exhibit features photos of historic fires, before and after pictures of fire and recovery, trail camera footage and a compilation video of Canyon Fires 1 and 2 from Orange County Fire Authority, firefighting tools and materials, and information on how to prepare for wildfires.
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and Laguna Niguel Regional Park are closed until further notice due to the Aliso Fire.
The Aliso Fire ignited June 2, 2018 and burned approximately 178 acres of sensitive habitat inside Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The park remains closed while fire crews continue suppression efforts.
Fire crews continue to stage at Laguna Niguel Regional Park. That park is expected to remain closed through the end of the week.
Spring is here, and that means longer hours, warmer temperatures and more people – and wildlife – out in the parks.
Parks open later: Spring-summer hours, during Daylight Saving Time, mean parks close at 9 p.m. or sunset.
Wildlife sightings: Park rangers have reported increased sightings of snakes, including rattlesnakes. Be sure to keep yourself – and your dog, where permitted – on the trail and aware of your surroundings to avoid an encounter.
Wildflowers: As of early April, only sparse blooms are reported. Take all the photos you want from the trail, but never pick wildflowers – leave them for others to enjoy and to spread their seeds for next season.
Warmer temperatures: While it’s always important to be prepared, warmer weather makes essentials like water and sunscreen even more important.
The clocks spring forward early March 11, marking the beginning of daylight-saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Hours for most regional parks will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please click the link for more details.
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