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March 26, 2015 
Large Crowds Expected Easter Weekend

Easter is one of the busiest days of the year at regional parks. Parking lots fill very early in the morning and additional vehicles may not be brought into parks that have reached parking capacity. Parking fees for some regional parks will increase to $7 for Easter Sunday, April 5.


February 9, 2015 
Invasive Pest Found in Orange County

Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB), an invasive beetle that has killed thousands of oak trees in San Diego and Riverside counties in a short span of time, has now been detected in Orange County. The GSOB was discovered in approximately 60 trees on County park land in northern Orange County. Since GSOB is transported in oak firewood, it is critical that Californians keep firewood local and not move it out of the area.


October 1, 2014 
Partial Trail Closures Oct. 18

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 the following trails will be CLOSED from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a special event: East Ridge, East Flats, Quail Run, Sunrise, Oso and Bell Canyon. Click link for map.


July 17, 2014 
Caspers Water Line Project May Affect Amenities

A critical waterline replacement project is scheduled from June to November 2014 at Caspers Wilderness Park.

During this time, the water system may be shut off and park amenities including flushing toilets, showers, and drinking water may be unavailable. Portable toilets and hand wash stations will be available.

Other potential impacts of this project include dust, noise, and area closures (including roads, trails, campsites, and day use areas). Please call the park office at (949) 923-2210 for further updates.


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.


March 4, 2015 
Extended Park Hours Begin March 8

The clocks sprung forward early March 8, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule.

Starting March 8, 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.


December 22, 2014 
OC Parks Introduces New Parking Passes

OC Parks is pleased to introduce new parking passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new “smart cards” replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking. Unlike the previous OC Parks passes, which were fixed to a calendar year (January through December), these smart cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. Moreover, for wilderness and beach locations which previously required a sticker affixed to a visitor’s windshield, these passes can be used with any vehicle. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014.


October 27, 2014 
Park Hours Change Starting Nov. 2

The clocks fall back early Nov. 2, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Wilderness parks close at sunset and most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter.


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