Park Permits

City Recreation Poster

In accordance with current State and County health guidelines, our parks, including the Dog Park at Yorba Park are open for public use, weather permitting.  The public is encouraged to utilize the open space and walking trails to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Please continue to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from those who are not part of your household.  Wash your hands frequently and do not use our parks if you are ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Group gatherings are prohibited. 

1.  Are courts, tot lots and exercise equipment open?

Tot lots and outdoor fitness equipment are open. Please remember to maintain social distance and avoid over crowding. Basketball, volleyball, and handball courts are closed. Tennis courts are open for singles and household use only.  

2.  Can I book a City facility or picnic pavilion for an event?

Current State and County health guidelines do not allow for gatherings outside of your household. Park facilities designed for gatherings, such as community rooms, the Sports Center at Grijalva Park, and group picnic pavilions are closed.  No permits, regardless of date, are being issued for social gatherings until further notice.  Please continue to check the City’s website and social media posts for updates to facilities and services.  As health guidelines change, and allow for gatherings to continue, the City will evaluate options to comply with the guidelines. 

3.  Is the Senior Center open?

The Senior Center remains closed; however, essential services such as meals, case management, and transportation are still available.  The meal congregate program has been replaced with a pick-up meal option.  Homebound seniors will continue to receive Meals-on-Wheels service.  For more information, contact the Senior Center at or at (714) 538-9633.

4.  Are youth sports groups allowed to play?

The City requires permits to use sports fields for groups of ten (10) persons or more. On August 3, the State issued guidelines for outdoor youth sports activities. The City is issuing limited permits for groups who comply with the guidelines. To obtain a field permit and for more information about the permitting process, please email Tournaments, events, or competitions are not permitted at this time.

For any additional questions, please call the Community Services Department at (714) 744-7274 or email 

New Parks Poster
Permits are issued in person at the Community Services Department up to *3 months in advance and no later than 3 p.m. the Wednesday one week prior to the planned event, except during a holiday week when the Wednesday deadline may change. Special Event, Senior Center, and Sports Center permits are the exception to the Wednesday deadline and require more advanced notice. 

*Senior Center reservations may be made up to one year in advance and no later than 45 days prior to the event date.

Proof of residency in the name of the applicant (i.e. a current utility bill or bank statement) is required for City of Orange residents. Non-residents are welcome to reserve park space, however, non-resident permit rates will apply. Proof of Orange residency (if applicable), permit fees, and deposits are due at the time the permit is issued.    

Save time! Print a copy of the permit application and bring it with you when you come in to obtain your permit. 

Hart Park Bandshell Permits

Groups intending to use the Hart Park Bandshell must also complete a Hart Park Bandshell Permit Application. Please note: the Hart Park Bandshell is reservable between the hours of 12 noon - 5 pm Monday - Sunday (excluding holidays).   

Special Events in the Park Permits

Events that will have 200 or more guests or are not a standard park reservation require a Special Event Permit. Special Event Permit Applications require a minimum of 30 days notice prior to the planned event.

Permit Cancellations

All permit cancellations must be submitted in writing by the permit holder prior to the event date. Please refer to your permit for applicable cancellation fees. Approved permit refunds may take up to 6 weeks to receive.  

Inclement Weather Policy

The City of Orange does not refund permit fees for inclement weather cancellations. Instead permit holders may reschedule their reservation. Permit  rescheduling due to inclement weather must be at the request of the permit holder to the Community Services Department within 24-hours of the cancellation. Rescheduled dates are dependent upon availability and may only be reserved up to three months in advance.