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April 15, 2014 
Easter Parking Fees

Parking fees for some regional parks will increase to $7 for Easter Sunday, April 20. Large crowds are also expected for the holiday, so please plan your trip accordingly. Parking lots fill early and additional vehicles may not be brought into parks that have reached parking capacity.


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 10, 2014 
Historic Buildings Undergoing Renovation

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Some of the historic buildings at Irvine Ranch Historic Park are undergoing construction to preserve and adapt them as offices.

Last year, renovations began with construction to install and upgrade utilities to the buildings. The Campus Plan Improvements Project, approved by the Board of Supervisors in September 2013, broke ground in October 2013. The construction is expected to be completed in early 2015.


March 6, 2014 
Extended Park Hours Begin March 9

Starting March 9, the spring-summer hours for regional parks are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. That includes Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Mason, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks. Irvine and Laguna Niguel regional parks open at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m.


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 11, 2014 
Mountain Lion Sightings Reported at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park

Recent mountain lion sightings at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in Foothill Ranch have prompted OC Parks to step up trail monitoring and post notification signs alerting park patrons to the activity.


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 10, 2014 
Emerald Canyon Trail Closure

Emerald Canyon is temporarily closed beyond post #14 due to extensive damage. Restoration work has begun and the trail is expected to reopen in the spring.

Two bridges will be installed, in addition to the extensive trail work. Please respect and obey the closures for your own safety; there will be heavy equipment and increased hazards in the area.

Volunteer opportunities for this project will be available starting in February. Please check with the park if you are interested.


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.


December 2, 2013 
Victorian Christmas

Dec. 7, come and see the park's buildings decorated for the holidays and enjoy holiday entertainment, children's crafts, historical exhibits, and visits with Santa!


December 2, 2013 
Candlelight Walk

Experience an enchanted evening with luminaria-lit paths, historical buildings aglow with holiday lights and period decorations Dec. 14 and 15.


November 27, 2013 
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 21, 2013 
Trout Season Opens at Laguna Niguel

Trout season opens Nov. 21. 4,000 lbs. of premium-grade rainbow trout "Tailwalkers" were trucked in from Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch in Nebraska.


November 7, 2013 
Christmas at the Zoo

News ImageVisit with Santa, enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus and children's activities. Plus, see the animals get holiday treats! Takes place Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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 28, 2013 
Park Hours Change

Earlier sunsets bring earlier closing times to OC Parks.


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 21, 2013 
Halloween Zoo-tacular!

See the zoo animals get special Halloween treats, plus crafts, trick-or-treating and more for children to enjoy Saturday, Oct. 26.


October 15, 2013 
Acorn Day Returns to O'Neill Regional Park

Get back to nature with family fun for all on Saturday, Oct. 19 at O'Neill Regional Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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 17, 2013 
Second Annual Whiting Ranch Poker Ride

This fun mountain bike event for all ages Oct. 12 features prizes from Oakley, Cygolite, Trek Bicycles and Jax Bicycle Center.


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 27, 2013 
Prehistoric OC

The Cooper Center and OC Parks present Prehistoric OC 2013 "Climate Change and Extinction," with exhibits, demonstrations, games and more highlighting local achaeological and paleontological history.


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.


May 6, 2013 
Farmers Market Moves to Irvine Regional Park

News Image[MARKET CLOSED DEC. 24 AND 31] The Tuesday farmers market has moved from Irvine Ranch Historic Park to Irvine Regional Park.


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.


January 14, 2013 
Overflow Parking Lot Closed for Construction

Mile Square Park’s overflow parking lot, located between the baseball fields and the archery range, is closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic for approximatley three weeks.


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 
2013 Annual Passes Now Available

News ImageGive the gift of the great outdoors and join OC Parks in the coming New Year! 2013 OC Parks annual passes are now available for purchase.


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.