Park Planning and Development
Current Park Renovation Projects
The Community Services Department is hard at work improving your parks and public landscape. Below is a list of current and tentative future Capital Improvement Projects planned for the Community. Projects and estimated completion dates are subject to change.
Handy Park Renovation. The City of Orange will be embarking upon a maintenance project to renovate Handy Park, located at 2143 E. Oakmont Ave. in the coming months. Renovation elements include the replacement of the existing modular building, parking lot rehabilitation including lighting upgrades, renovation and addition of walkways, improvements to the overhead picnic shelter structure, installation of hardscape in the courtyard area with a new shade structures, and landscape and irrigation improvements.
General construction, including demolition of the current modular building and site preparation for the new building, is set to begin in May 2021 and be completed by October 2021. During construction, Handy Park will be partially closed the month of May and fully closed from June through the beginning of October.
Shade Structures. As part of the City’s initiative to install shade covers at all fourteen park tot lots throughout our park system, El Camino Real and Olive Parks are the next to have shade covers installed in spring 2021. Shade covers protect users, especially children, from the sun, and allow the equipment to be used year-round. Shade covers are currently installed at Belmont, Handy, Grijalva, Shaffer, and Steve Ambriz Parks. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2021.
Santiago Creek Clean Up. The City completed significant tree, brush, and trash clearing along the Santiago Creek over the last year to create better visibility and access for safety, security, and maintenance personnel. With a recent increase in trespassing and unlawful encampments along the creek, it has become necessary to complete additional tree and brush clearing to eliminate concealed spaces.
Recent Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Accomplishments
Parking Lot Resurfacing.
The City, in its continuing efforts to maintain its parks at a high level will be resurfacing parking lots. Portions of parking lots at Grijalva Park and Olive Park are scheduled to be done and expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.
Shaffer Park Renovation
Re-opened April 13, 2019
After an extensive, top-to-bottom, refurbishment, Shaffer Park re-opened on April 13 with a grand ribbon cutting and community celebration. Nearly all of the park’s old infrastructure was replaced and upgraded. The old community building was demolished and rebuilt with a brand new community building with a kitchen and adjacent patios, which is now available for rental. A walking path now meanders around the park, adorned with water wise landscaping that is served by an updated irrigation system. We’ve installed a shaded, outdoor exercise circuit, complete with gym equipment that you don’t need a membership to use, and also added shade structures the tot lot. The sports field was also reconfigured and new, energy efficient lighting added.
Yorba Park Renovation
Yorba Park and the Yorba Dog Park re-opened on April 7, 2018.
Yorba Park is built on the site of a closed landfill that operated between 1960 and 1963. A Vapor Extraction System (VES) was installed to capture the landfill gases that had been detected at the site so they don’t vent to the surface. The City has continued operation of the Park, and until recently, monitored and managed the VES.
In 2015, a Settlement Agreement was reached between the City of Orange and the County of Orange that identified necessary rehabilitation improvements to the Yorba Park site, and the party responsible for implementing the improvements. There were four project phases.
The regrading of the park provided an opportunity to make improvements to the Park. These improvements include installation of trees, picnic tables, drought tolerant shrub plantings strategically placed to improve the aesthetic experience while both visiting and driving by the park, a designated path leading to the Santiago Creek Bike Trail from the Park parking lot, and renovation of the existing Yorba Dog Park. Also included is the installation of a restroom facility. All aspects of the renovation and improvements to Yorba Park are consistent with the environmental mitigation measures identified in the approved Mitigated Negative Declaration 1674-01 and 2004 Addendum.
Grijalva Park Extension Conceptual Master Plan – October 2005