Eisenhower Park first came on my radar last year in conversation at the OC Blogger Ball. 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
- 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.
- Hollie warns to watch your children closely near the lakes and streams. They are not for swimming or wading.
- 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