After School Recreation Programs

YCO Kids

The City of Orange, in partnership with the Youth Centers of Orange, is proud to offer after-school enrichment for children Kindergarten to 8th Grade.  This after-school program includes fun group activities, homework help, a nutritional program, and a special focus on Character Development for a nominal fee.  All scheduled programs are in conjunction with the OUSD academic calendar.

After-School Recreation Program Locations

El Camino Real Park
400 N Main St.
Orange, CA 92866
Site Time:
  • 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Wednesday
Grijalva Park
368 N. Prospect Avenue, 92869
Site Time:
  • 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Wednesday
Killefer Park
615 N. Lemon St., 92867
Site Time:
  • 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Wednesday
Students must be registered prior to attending the program. Registration is done in person at each location. Please note that space is limited at each location and may be closed due to unforeseen circumstances. For more information contact Edgar Garnica at (714) 450-0759.

Teen Action Committee (T.A.C.)

T.A.C. participants will have the opportunity to plan and participate in exciting activities and community projects while earning those important school service hours. This program is free for teens entering the 7th grade through 15 years of age. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact or (714) 744-7266. Join T.A.C. and make a difference in your community.

TAC page 9

Community Gardens

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The Community Gardens are located at Main Street and Maple Avenue. The existing Community Gardens is 8,000 square feet in size with 48 individual plots measuring 10 feet by 15 feet.

Watering Schedule
Updated January 2021

The City reserves the right to modify these requirements to comply with state and local mandates.

Applying for a Plot

You must be an Orange resident to lease a garden plot (proof of residency is required). In addition to a one-time, refundable $100 deposit per plot, there is an annual lease fee of $75 per plot. The site has access paths, water service, fencing, and on-street parking. Annual lease renewals occur in December in preparation for the gardening year, which begins in January.

Join the Wait-List

Orange residents interested in becoming gardeners can add to the waitlist. As vacant plots become available, we will contact potential gardeners via email, in the order in which they were added to the list.

Interested in gardening? Please review the current rules and regulations, before adding your name on the waitlist

Method Limits
Low flow / soaker hose -
Hand watering: bucket or hose with positive water shut off nozzle 15 minutes peer plot

Military Banner

Military Banner (2)
Military Banner - M Silva

The Military Banner program was created for the community of Orange to honor and recognize active duty military personnel that reside or have immediate family living in the City of Orange. The program is funded through sponsorships and donations which enable the purchase and placement of the banners on City lamp posts. The banners have the service person's name and military branch.


To qualify, honorees must meet the following criteria:

  • Active duty member of the United States armed forces; and
  • Current City of Orange resident; or
  • Immediate family member of a current Orange resident (immediate family is: wife or husband, son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law)


Military Banner Program Applications (PDF) will be accepted on an on-going basis. Production of the banner is supported by donations. Applications that are accompanied by a banner donation of $120 will be produced and installed at the next installation date in the order the application was received.  All other banners will be produced and installed at the next installation date provided there are sufficient funds in the donation account.

How to Donate

Donations in support of the Military Banner program can be sent to the City of Orange:

Community Services Department
230 E Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92866
Attention: Military Banner Program


Location of the banner is at the City's discretion. Banners are installed twice a year in May and November. Banners remain up for a minimum of one year and will be replaced should it become damaged during that time.  Banners are presented to the applicant once they have been removed.


Military Banner Program Application

Application Submittal Period Installation Date
April - September November
October - March May

Tree Sponsorships

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Tree Option page 2

Park Options

Belmont Park (2,8,9) Handy Park (3,5,14) Olive Park (1,4,14)
Eisenhower Park (1,2,3,12,14) Hart Park (3,4,12,14,16) Santiago Hills Park (2,12,14,15)
El Camino Real Park (1,2,3) Killefer Park (3,5,9) Serrano Park (3,4,8,11)
El Modena Park (2,3,6,10,14) La Veta Park (2,10,12,15) Shaffer Park (2,4,12)
Fred Barrera Park (3,6,7,13) McPherson Park (3,8) Steve Ambriz Park (1,2,3,4)
Grijalva Park (10,11,14)      
Program Details
Orange is home to some of the most amazing parks in Orange County. The hundreds of beautiful trees that adorn our recreation spaces, fields, and trails are a major reason that our Parks Make Life Better ©. Our Tree Sponsorship Program allows park supporters to help keep our parks green and growing for future generations.

Applying to be a Tree Sponsor
The tree sponsor will:
  1. Select a tree and park using the options listed below. (Information will be required on the application)
  2. Complete an application here. Application can be printed here.
  3. Make a payment of $164.
    Payments are accepted at the Community Services Department located at:
    230 E. Chapman Ave.
    Orange, CA 92866
    Office are open Monday - Thursday and every other Friday 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.

No refunds will be given after the tree has been planted. The Parks Supervisor will approve the location and type of tree and schedule the installation date. The installation will be within two weeks of the approved request. Attempts will be made to accommodate each location request. Trees can be planted only at specific parks listed below. All trees will be 24-inch box in size.

The tree sponsor will receive a certificate identifying the tree, the park, date of installation and a picture two weeks after the installation. See sample here.


The Senior Center will be opening on Wednesday, June 16th at 8 am. The Center will follow all current State and County health guidelines. Essential services such as meals, case management, and transportation are still currently 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 about in person programming, activities and other programs, contact the Senior Center at or at (714) 538-9633.

If you are experiencing food insecurity please reach out to the following organizations for assistance (this list is for information only).

1.  Orange Senior Center 

     Phone- (714) 538-9633
     Address- 170 S. Olive Street, Orange, CA 92866

2.  Meals on Wheels

     Phone- (714) 823-3294

The City of Orange is proud to offer Senior Services at the Orange Senior Center!  There are a variety of free and minimal cost services, workshops, and classes offered to senior citizens. Membership is not required.  The center is open for senior programming Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Orange Elderly Services, Inc.

The Orange Senior Center is managed by Orange Elderly Services, Inc. (OES), a non-profit 501 (c) community based organization with over 35 years of experience serving older adults. OES is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to benefit the senior community. A Participant Council provides input and support to activities and special events. To obtain more information on the types of programs offered by OES, click here to go directly to the Programs page.

The Orange Slices Newsletter provides more information on the activities, classes, parties and resource assistance held at the Orange Senior Center. 

2012 exterior renovation

Nutritional Program

Daily hot lunches are offered to seniors 60 and over for a suggested donation of $3.00 per meal and $5.00 for adults 59 and under. Case Management is also offered to link seniors to available resources in the community along with a home delivered meals program for qualifying seniors.

Senior Transportation Program

The Orange Senior Center offers a Senior Transportation Program which subsidizes the cost of taxi travel for Orange residents who are at least 60 years of age. This program is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Senior Serv. The Senior Transportation Program promotes lifelong mobility through a donation based and senior-oriented transportation service. If you are a senior in need of a ride to a medical appointment, pharmacy, grocery store, or the Orange Senior Center, help may be available to you.

The Orange Senior Center is Not Just for Seniors!

In addition to weekday senior services, the Orange Senior Center is a great venue to host a special engagement, party, or large meeting. Click here for more information on how to reserve the Senior Center