Irvine is Home to 268 Parks and Counting
The list of reasons to raise a family in the beautiful city of Irvine just keeps getting longer. In addition to its nationally renowned schools and safety, Irvine has the best parks in Southern California and the tenth best in all of America. With one-third of the city dedicated to parks, trails and open space, Irvine residents on average live just 172 steps, or 432 feet, from a park compared to Orange County’s average of 1,612 feet.
The city is home to over 260 parks, including 63 regional, community and neighborhood parks and more than 200 village parks. In fact, Irvine just celebrated its 268th park in March with the opening of the 12-acre Los Olivos Community Park. It’s all part of Irvine’s Master Plan to dedicate one-third of the land to open space, trails and parks so families can enjoy an active lifestyle and connect with the more than 16,000 acres of open space that surrounds them. Soak up the Irvine sunshine at these stunning local spots.
Village Parks and Amenities
Nature and recreation thrive in the Villages of Irvine, where residents have unlimited access to well-kept community parks and resort-style amenities in their own backyard. Among these boundless amenities include lap pools, athletic fields, jungle gyms and trails for quality entertainment that residents of all ages can share.
Those that own a home in the gorgeous Portola Springs Village have access to over 15 parks, each with endless recreational options, from sand volleyball courts to junior Olympic pools. One community favorite includes the well-loved Center Terrace Park, equipped with an imaginative playground, a spa, barbecue and picnic areas, and more. The recently-opened 32-acre Portola Springs Community Park features five ball fields, ten sports courts and a 14,000-square foot community center, which hosts dance classes, educational programs and after-school clubs. With the upcoming debut of three brand new neighborhoods, Portola Springs will soon add Highland Park to its list of offerings. This park will be comprised of a club room, two pools, Tot Lot playground, a spa and picnic areas.
Residents of the highly-coveted Reserve at Orchard Hills have plenty of opportunity to experience a more peaceful life outdoors with the range of resort-inspired pools and parks that dot the Village’s dramatic topography. Family and friends can take advantage of the gorgeous Irvine weather and partake in day and night excursions to the stunning Crestview Park pool.
The six-acre Settlers Park provides families with more opportunity for fun in the sun with open play areas, picnic areas, soccer fields and basketball courts. Reserve at Orchard Hills homeowners also enjoy access to exclusive parks, including the Crestview Park with a dining terrace, wading pool and club room. The upcoming opening of the Terrace View Park will add to the Reserve’s impressive list of private park offerings.
Irvine residents can also connect with the more organic influences that define the unique location of Orchard Hills. The city holds guided weekly tours and sunrise yoga so individuals can travel paths that weave along the avocado groves and trails that lead to the Open Space Preserve. Docent-led hikes include the three-mile Orchard Hills Loop with ridge-top views of Irvine and the Pacific coastline, and a ten-mile trek through the hills and Loma Ridge, which includes over 2,600 feet of accumulated climbing elevation for spectacular views of all of Orange County.
Among the many wonders of Irvine Ranch’s Natural Landmarks includes Quail Hill. What makes this hiking location extra special is its dog-friendly Loop Trail. This peaceful two-mile natural surface hike features modest inclines that the whole family can appreciate. Circling the native grassland of Quail Hill, this route gives way to beautiful views of the city at Vista Point.
Hikers, bikers, horseback riders and runners alike enjoy the varied terrain at Bommer Canyon. The land boasts diverse hikes with numerous difficulty levels and distance options. Depending on the path travelers take, sights can include ancient oak and sycamore groves, rolling hills, cacti, wildflowers, deer and rabbits! Certain trails in Bommer Canyon are exclusively available as docent-led hikes to ensure the preservation of sensitive habitat.
For those that want to spend a more relaxing afternoon in the park, the Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is a great option. Families can pack a picnic or bring along food to grill at the barbecue areas and children will love the red, white and blue playground, equipped with monkey bars, slides and even a tire swing. For the kid in all of us, the park also offers lighted softball diamonds, soccer fields and tennis courts.
Another community favorite is The William R. Mason Regional Park, which offers plenty of outdoor adventure. Park goers can watch model boats sail across the 9-acre lake, go for a ride on the bike paths, play a few rounds of golf at the course or venture to the three available playgrounds with the kids. As summer approaches, residents can gather together for family movie nights in the park on select Fridays from 6pm to 10pm, and concerts on select Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm.
With so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors, making the decision to move to Irvine is a walk in the park. If you’re considering moving to the area, there is no better option than the Villages of Irvine. Our quality-built neighborhoods are expertly crafted to be within close proximity to the best schools, employment, retail centers and recreation that Irvine has to offer. Residents enjoy life in perfect balance with a chance to connect with the convenience of vibrant city living with the serenity of nature. Learn more about living in the Villages of Irvine.