In Irvine, we love our parks.

Sure, We're proud of our safe city, our award-winning schools and our beautiful villages. But it’s our outdoor places that we treasure.

A vintage Summer in the Parks Catalog from 1981.

 

In 1970, America celebrated its first Earth Day in response to a growing national appreciation for natural spaces. Irvine was a young community back then, but its Master Plan already focused on the importance of recreation. The wide, open spaces of the Irvine Ranch gave Irvine Company planners a rare opportunity to build a community that embraced the great outdoors. 

 

 

 

 

Today, Irvine is home to a collection of 271 parks, with more acreage of park space than Seattle, Portland or Denver. There are large sites, like Mason Regional Park, big enough to host family reunions and summer concerts.  Community Parks, like Bill Barber Park, are filled with sports fields of every variety and are enjoyed by residents from all over the city. There are smaller, Neighborhood parks within each village where locals gather for holiday celebrations. Finally, there are more than 200 little, Village parks that families can enjoy within steps of their home.

Crowds enjoy an outdoor concert at Mike Ward Park in central Irvine.

 

Irvine’s planners believed that parks and recreational sites were the key to bringing the community together. Parks are where you gather with your neighbors to watch a youth soccer game or meet new friends at a lakeside concert. From early sunrise dog walks to evening sunset strolls, our parks are a beloved part of the Irvine experience. 

Families and fan prepare to cheer their team during a ball game at Bill Barber Memorial Park.A group practices yoga in Bommer Canyon Community Park, located just a short drive from downtown Irvine.Children play at Adventure Playground, located at University Park in central Irvine.

Irvine’s parks aren’t merely pretty places. They are the heart of our city. Today, Irvine’s parks and trails were more valuable than ever. They provide safe sources of fresh air and sunshine, and they're right in our own backyard. 

The Irvine Standard has published a comprehensive park guide for 2020. Check it out! 

Who knows, you may find a new favorite place to play!

Get your copy of the 2020 Irvine Standard Parks Guide and discover your favorite Irvine, CA park today!