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November 19, 2018 
Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train

Come with family and friends and take this enchanting night ride through historic Irvine Regional Park to meet Santa Claus. The train will depart from the brightly-lit train station and drop passengers off at the North Pole. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.


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.


November 6, 2018 
2018-19 Trout Stocking Schedule by Week

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

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

California fishing license required and all California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife rules apply.

September 21, 2018 
Electric Bicycles Now Permitted on Regional Bikeways

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.


November 3, 2017 
2017-18 Trout Stocking Schedule by Week

Upcoming trout 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.


October 10, 2018 
Fall-Winter Park Hours Begin Nov. 4

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.


June 13, 2018 
Courthouse Presents Exhibit on Fire and Recovery

News ImageThe 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.


April 3, 2018 
Watch Your Step – It’s Snake Season

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.


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