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.

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

Handy Park Renovation

On October 20, 2021 the Orange City Council officially cut the ceremonial ribbon that signaled the completion of a six month refresh of Handy Park.

The six-month project, which began in May of this year, replaced the old modular building with a new, attractive pre-fabricated building. Over at the picnic area, the overhead shelter was replaced, and a shade structure was installed over new hardscaping. The parking lot was rehabilitated with new paving, lighting upgrades, and new pedestrian walkways. 

Youth sports have already started their fall seasons at Handy, and in just a few short weeks the Community Foundation’s Field of Valor will display 1776 American Flags on the Handy Park Fields, from Saturday, November 6 to Saturday, November 13.  Each of the flags will pay tribute to the service of a Veteran or a currently active U.S. Military Service Member.

Handy Park was originally built in 1978, and this refresh will ensure that the park will continue serving our residents and visitors well into the future.  We invite you come out and enjoy a day at Handy Park.

Handy Park 2021

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.

We hope that our community enjoys the renovated Shaffer Park, and that our residents continue to enjoy it for generations to come.

Shaffer Community Building

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.

  • Phase I - Grading Project: this includes clear and grub, grading and associated work, and rehabilitation of the parking lot. Completed July 2017.
  • Phase II - Vapor Extraction System (VES) replacement (County of Orange Project). Completed January 2018
  • Phase III - Park Re-Establishment: this includes a new irrigation system, turf/shrub establishment, replacement of the dog park fence and amenities, and the addition of picnic tables, benches and trees as funding is available.  Completed on April 2018
  • Phase IV - Restroom Replacement: The existing building has been shuttered for over a decade. This new building will bring back a needed restroom facility. Completed January 2018

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 Masterplan


Grijalva color - site plan 8-05-2005


Grijalva Masterplan - Colored

November 1999

Master Plan for Park Facilities, Recreation, and Community Services

April 1993

Recreational Trails Master Plan