Eisenhower Park in Orange: Where a Little River Runs to a Lake

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Eisenhower Park in Orange first came on my radar at the OC Blogger Ball in 2009. We finally visited this expansive oasis off the 55 freeway this past weekend. I always know it’s going to be good when we get the last spot in the parking lot and it’s hard for me to grab photos without people playing.  I apologize for the lack of playground photos, but that just means you’ll have to go play and discover it on your own.

Location: Exit the 55 at E. Lincoln Avenue by “The Brickyard” shopping center.  We parked off North Tustin Avenue in a small lot off E. Bixby Avenue.  MAP to Eisenhower Park in Orange

Recommended by: Hollie and Carrie

Highlights:

  • The most notable feature of the park is its stream with fountains. Water runs under bridges and along paths to a large lake off Lincoln Avenue.
  • Families abound here – playing at the playgrounds, napping on the lawns, picnicking, fishing, and strolling.
  • We liked playing among the fig trees overlooking the stream.
  • There’s a small playground near the parking lot. One baby and one bench swing. Also a big hill near here with ivy. Seemed to be a favorite for kids to ride their scooters down (I closed my eyes!) or play ball near the hill.
  • The other playground is past the stream up closer to Tustin Avenue. There are two structures at this playground and a ride-on dolphin. Really steep double slide which the kids loved and no swings.
  • All the benches are made of recycled materials.

Be Aware:

  • Hollie warns to watch your children closely near the lakes and streams. They are not for swimming or wading.

Checklist:

  • Bark play surface
  • Dedicated parking lots (free)
  • Drinking fountain and restroom centrally-located, plus another building near the lake
  • Nice shade under mature trees, but not near playgrounds
  • Good spot for picnics
  • Can you find the plaques? One for the park’s namesake, Dwight Eisenhower — and the other for the Olive Mill that was once on this site.
  • Fishing allowed in the lake
  • Official City of Orange park page
  • Official general park information from the City of Orange

Comments

  1. Amy Allen says

    I grew up in Orange, and we loved to go to Eisenhower Park. I live in Northern Cal. now and miss So Cal. so much. Reading this has brought back to such great memories. Hope to come back soon to feed the ducks.

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