I’ve been a parent for over 10 years now, and I’m still trying to plan elaborate playdates and local excursions when all my kids really want to do is play at the park. We belong to our community’s recreation organization, which gives us access to a number of parks and pools so we really have no excuse for not spending more time swinging and sliding. But earlier in the week we happened to be visiting a friend in one of the Great Park Neighborhoods who introduced us to Beacon Park and our expectations for what a park should be will never be the same. This park boasts a big, beautiful tree house (complete with chairs for lounging) and it reminded me of a time when kids preferred to be running, climbing, and exploring.
Beacon Park, also known as Tree House Park, is located in one of the Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine. Technically, this is a private park and there is a sign confirming this. However, we spoke with a local security guard who said that residents often invite guests to play at the park without issue.
Here is the address including parking details:
Irvine, CA 92618
Cross Streets: Irvine Blvd. and Ridge Valley
Parking: Street parking is available directly in front of the park.
One of the things I like about Beacon Park is that the space is well cushioned (whoever dreamed up this park was likely a parent imagining all of the falls that kids endure as they explore. The park also has a twist slide, a netted “tire” swing (and swings for tots and bigger kids), a tunnel, a tarp slide, and a mini ropes course (think American Ninja Warrior).
As you continue to explore this space, you’ll notice a spacious grass area, which I’m told is often filled with families during the day. Basketball courts, a bocce court, a fire pit a “take one, leave one” library, oversized chess board/pieces, and an arts and crafts room really set this park apart from most in the area.
When to visit: While Beacon Park offers ample benches for sitting, there is very little shade. I recommend visiting early in the morning or in the afternoon when the sun is not as harsh.
Before you go: While there is no fence around this park, I must tell you that the park is technically private. We visited without issue. The park is also spread out and accessible via the main cross street so be sure to watch your children carefully. You can bring a snack or a lunch and enjoy it at the shaded picnic tables. Restrooms are clean.
Tip: Visit the park at night to see it “glow.”