Parks and Permits

Permits and Facility Reservation

Interested in booking a green space or facility? Permits are issued in person at the Community Services building located at 230 E Chapman Ave., Orange 92866.  Save time and avoid waiting in line by booking an appointment.

We are currently not issuing permits for the Orange Senior Center or Sports Center at Grijalva Park.

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  • Park facility, picnic pavilion and green space permits are issued on a first come, first-reserved basis. With the exception of the Senior Center and Sports Center at Grijalva Park, permit requests must be made by 3:00 p.m. Wednesday one week prior to the event date. 
  • Park facility, picnic pavilion and green space permits may be issued up to 3 months in advance from the current calendar date (excluding the Senior Center which may be reserved up to one year in advance).
  • Park facility, picnic pavilion and green space permits are issued to one user/group per month. Requests for continuous use are subject to special consideration. Approval is dependent on availability and demand.
  • Park facility, picnic pavilion and green space permits are not issued on holidays or observed holidays.
  • Groups of 24 or less do not need a park permit, unless they wish to reserve a specific park pavilion or plan to have a jumper and/or caterer/taco cart. 
  • Park facility, picnic pavilion and green space permits will be issued to the person requesting the appointment only. Permit holder must be an adult.  Proof of Orange residency (if applicable), permit fees, and deposits are due at the time the permit is issued. Non-residents are welcome to reserve park space, however non-resident permit rates will apply.

Permits may take up to 40 minutes to issue. Additional permit costs may apply depending on event details such as jumper, caterer or taco cart, party equipment, etc. An at-cost kitchen cleaning fee will be charged for use of the kitchens at the Olive and Shaffer facilities.

Save time during the permit process by printing the Permit Application and Deposit Form at home. Simply fill out what you can and bring the paperwork along with the proof of residency (if applicable) and permit payment to your appointment. 

Hart Park Bandshell Permits
Groups intending to use the Hart Park Bandshell must 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 and observed holidays).

Special Events in the Park Permits 
Events that will have 201 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 to csfrontcounter@cityoforange.org 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.

Parks, Facilities, Maps, and Amenities

View the complete list of parks and amenities. Please contact the Community Services Department at csfrontcounter@cityoforange.org or (714) 744-7274 to check on availability.  Please leave a detailed message that includes the park name, location such as the building or picnic pavilion (shelter), the date you are considering, whether you are a resident of the City of Orange, and any other park rental questions you may have. This will ensure staff has the pertinent information when responding.

Park Amenities Chart

Sports Center at Grijalva Park

The Sports Center at Grijalva Park is a state-of-the-art, energy efficient, 26,200 square-foot facility that features a dance room with a wood floor, ballet barres and mirror walls, a large multipurpose room and a spacious gymnasium with basketball and volleyball courts, and plenty of fan seating.

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Trails and Bikeways 


The City of Orange has many recreational and equestrian trails to enjoy as well as on street and off street bikeways for commuting and traveling across town or just getting in some exercise and enjoying the outdoors. There are also equestrian and multi-purpose trails in areas of the City that are maintained by Homeowner Associations and volunteers. These trails, though maintained by others, comply with City standards and are open to the public. 
      • City of Orange Trails Map
 
Santiago Creek Bike Trail

The Santiago Creek Bike Trail (SCBT) consists of a paved trail alongside the Santiago Creek that spans 6 miles from Hart Park to Cannon Street, with one branch that continues north in a City owned right-of-way from Walnut Avenue to Collins Avenue where it connects to the City of Villa Park. Bicyclists, joggers, and nature lovers will enjoy views of the creek's native vegetation and natural habitat. The Santiago Creek Bike Trail also provides links to 3 City of Orange Parks; Grijalva, Yorba, and Hart Parks, which provide ample parking and easy access to the trail. 
     • Santiago Creek Trail Access Map 
     • Santiago Creek Trail Rules 
 
Other Orange County Trail Resources 
     • Orange County Bikeways Map 
     • Orange County Parks and Trails 
 
Additional Trail Resources and Information 
     • Trails4All 
     • City of Orange Bikeways Master Plan (PDF)  note: v.2001 is the most current.
     • City of Orange Recreational Trails Master Plan

Park Maintenance

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Ambriz Sports Fields El Camino Park Handy Park Ambriz Park El Modena Basin
Barrera Park Hart Park Grijalva Park El Camino Sports Fields El Modena Park
Belmont Park    Grijalva Sports Park Eisenhower Park McPherson Park
El Camino Sports Park    Killefer Park Olive Park La Vera Park
Santiago Hills Park    Yorba Park Shaffer Park Veterans Memorial at Depot Park

Please note the above schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions, equipment issues, and or holidays.

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Implementation Guidelines for the City of Orange

The City has an Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) which focuses on the long-term prevention and/or suppression of pest problems through a combination of techniques including pest identification, monitoring, prevention, and treatment tactics to help maintain landscape and tree health and keeping fields and parks safe and usable for the public.  Pests include weeds, invasive species, rodents, and insects. Our IPM is well supervised, regulated and permitted by the Orange County Agricultural Commissioner.  Please see the City's IPM Policy and Implementation Guidelines. As part of our IPM, the City may use a variety of pesticides to treat for pests which may include herbicides, rodenticides, insecticides, and fungicides.  All products used are approved by the Orange County Agricultural Commissioner and are applied according to the manufacture’s specifications. The type of product and amount used varies, depending on the pest problem and location. Please see the list of potentially used pesticides

The majority of the spraying in large turf areas is done in the spring time to eliminate broadleaf weeds that displace grass and create clumping and tripping hazards.  This work is usually completed by the start of summer (depending weather and other factors).  Spot spraying for weeds is done minimally in turf and planters to eliminate weeds and in paved areas to reduce cracks, lifting and other hazards.  Playgrounds are not sprayed and mulch is placed around trees and planters to suppress weeds and reduce the use of pesticides.  When spraying does occur in parks, signage will be posted prior to any application, be clearly visible and legible, and will remain until the product has fully dried and the area is safe to re-enter per the manufacturer’s directions.  

In the interest of giving residents a choice of visiting a park maintained without the use of pesticides, three parks throughout the City, Killefer, La Veta, and Santiago Hills Parks, have been designated to be maintained without the use of pesticides. Signage designating this will be posted at each park. If a pest(s) develop that causes a safety or function concern that cannot be addressed without the use of a pesticide, if funds are available, organic products will be used first to try and eliminate the pest. If a situation occurs where organic products are not effective, the City’s current IPM will be implemented. If pesticides have to be applied, proper signage will be posted and readily visible for 24 hours after application.

For more information on IPM, please email csinfo@cityoforange.org or call 714-744-7264.