A brand new playground has popped up in Irvine, but this one undoubtedly sets itself apart from the rest. The modern meets fairy tale architecture known as Beacon Park dons a massive tree house, a variety of sandless play areas, and accommodates kids of all ages.
The best time to come is in the early morning or late afternoon. I went at noon and unless you're inside or directly under the tree house, shade is hard to come by here. The play areas are filled with rubber wood chips that provide extra cushion for any fall. The Tot Lot has a netted tire swing, toddler swings, children's swings, a tunnel, and turf.
The play areas for the older kids have a tarp slide, ropes to swing on, and obstacle courses. There are plenty of places to sit and observe but this park is not gated and close to the street so keep an eye on the little ones.
My favorite part of the park was the water fountain station that fills up water bottles above and an area for dogs to drink below. The grass area is vast and lined with windy pathways that are perfect for strollers or chasing toddlers. The drought friendly landscape includes fragrant herbs and colorful succulents. There is a parking lot near the pool and also plenty of spaces on the street.
Note: The address below does not show up in google maps yet, the cross streets for this park are Irvine Blvd and Ridge Valley. Follow the signs for Beacon Park.
Irvine, CA 92618
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Dawn Antis is a mom of twin toddlers and stepmom to 3 adult children. She is the founder and blog writer for Mom & Tot OC, a mommy & me group for toddlers in Orange County, California. Dawn is the Chair of Communications for Valiant Women of Mission Hospital. She was the Associate Editor of Orange Coast Magazine and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. Dawn resides in Irvine with her husband and little ones.