An invitingly green, shady escape in the middle of Orange, CA, Yorba Park was acquired by the City in 1962. Comprising of 8.54 acres, it is the perfect place for dogs and their owners to socialize and play.
Yorba Park is home to the Orange Dog Park, which recently concluded massive improvements. In recognition of the City of Orange’s 130th birthday, a host of renovations totaling about $2.1 million were made to Yorba Park. Prior to April 2018, dogs were permitted in the park but had to be leashed unless they were in a small, fenced-in play area.
With the completion of the renovations, Yorba Park now features a spacious 2.4-acre enclosed dog park where dogs can run and play much more freely. Watering stations with bowls that can be moved around the park are available to make sure that no dog gets too thirsty, and benches and picnic tables give owners a place to relax and watch their dogs socialize. Two areas separated by vinyl slats are designated for large and small dogs to minimize risk of injury, and pooper-scoopers and bags are provided to encourage patrons to keep the area clean. These resources are provided by volunteers and funded by private donations through the Orange Dog Park Association; please respect them so that the park can remain a top-notch canine destination for years to come.
Half of the big dog area is often closed off on slower days to extend the life of the grass, so it may get a little more crowded, but plenty of space is still available. This area also contains a dirt section for more play variety. While the trees in the big dog area are mature and provide plentiful shade, the trees in the small dog play area are still very young and provide very little, so make sure to bring a hat or umbrella for your own comfort if you’ve got a smaller pup who loves to play for a while!
Yorba Park is still an excellent park to visit for those without dogs. The recent renovations included a brand new bathroom facility right by the parking lot to replace one that had been out of service for over a decade. The park also now features drought tolerant landscaping, an improved irrigation system, and a new walking path through the center of the grassy field that is ideal for casual walking. In response to popular demand from bikers for years, a new path from the parking lot now connects to the Santiago Creek Bike Trail, linking Yorba Park to Grijalva Park and Hart Parks, providing even more opportunities for longer rides.
Shea Costales is an old-soul hippie with a passion for outdoor exploring. You can usually find her doing yoga in a local park, grubbing at the newest burger shack, or petting your dog.