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August 17, 2018 
Irvine Regional Park and OC Zoo Closed for Fire Camp

The OC Zoo, Irvine Regional Park and interior trails are closed until further notice due to a fire camp staged for the nearby Holy Fire.

The park and zoo will remain closed at least through the weekend of Aug. 18-19.

Click Here for information on the fire.


April 2, 2018 
OC PARKS PRESENTS THE 2018 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AND SUNSET CINEMA FILM SERIES

(Orange County, Calif.) – The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the annual OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema film series. Enjoy summer nights at the parks with free concerts and movie screenings in a family-friendly atmosphere. All events will include free parking with food and drink available for purchase. Dates and times vary per series.


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.


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.


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.


August 17, 2018 
Electric Bicycles Prohibited in Parks, Permitted on Some Regional Bikeways

Orange County Codified Ordinances prohibit the use of motorized conveyances in County parks and recreation areas. This includes the use of all types of e-bikes and e-mountain bikes in regional and wilderness parks.

A July 17, 2018 revision to OCCO 2-5-29(n) makes the following exception for some regional bikeways: “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 electric bicycles are only permitted on the following County bikeways: Coyote Creek, Santa Ana River Trail, San Diego Creek, Peters Canyon, Hicks Canyon, Aliso Creek, Salt Creek Trail and San Juan Creek bikeways.

Visitors riding e-bikes in other County park facilities or trails are subject to citation.


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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