A Local Favorite—Irvine Regional Park
Blog Introduction: Located in the city of Orange, Irvine Regional Park is a local favorite for residents of Orange County. The parks 160 acres include a variety of activities and attractions such as hiking trails, a playground, a train, a pond with paddle boats, and much more. The park is also home to the Orange County Zoo.
History of Irvine Regional Park
Irvine Regional Park was created in 1897 by James Irvine II as part of his gallonage plan. The plan allocated one acre of land for every gallon of water used on the Irvine Ranch. In addition to being the first regional park in Orange County, Irvine Regional Park was also one of the first county parks in all of California.
The park has undergone several changes over the years. In its early years, the park was home to a race track and served as a gathering place for orange growers from all over Southern California. In 1976, the Orange County Zoo opened to the public and has been one of the park’s main attractions ever since. In recent years, the park has undergone a number of renovations including the construction of a new playground and the refurbishment of the paddle boat pond.
What to do at Irvine Regional Park?
There is something for everyone at Irvine Regional Park. The parks many amenities include picnic areas, biking and hiking trails, horseback riding trails, a playground, an amphitheater, and more. The park is also home to the OC Zoo which features over 80 different animals including reptiles, mammals, and birds.
Whether you are looking for a fun day out with the family or a way to spend some time in nature, Irvine Regional Park is the perfect place for you. With its many amenities and attractions, there is something for everyone at this historic Orange County park.