As we begin the month of April, all of us are adjusting to a new normal that includes self-isolation or quarantine, social/physical distancing and heightened vigilance to protect ourselves and others against COVID-19.

In late March, OC Parks modified its operations to help minimize the impacts of the virus consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor’s office and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA). 

We understand that many of you are eager to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, but it’s important that all Californians continue to follow the State’s order to stay at home except for essential services and activities. Driving to a park, beach or other recreational destination is not considered essential. Wherever possible, please explore recreation and exercise options in your own neighborhood and practice safe social distancing if you do go out.

Modified operations listed below are current as of April 7, 2020, and are subject to change. Please visit for the most current information.

  • County park closures include: parking lots at all County beaches, regional and wilderness parks; parking spaces at all trailheads; parking along Black Star Canyon Road; pedestrian access points at Thousand Steps, Table Rock, West, Camel Point and Treasure Island beaches; playgrounds; exercise equipment; shelters and trailheads. Passive walk-through pedestrian, cycling, and equestrian activity is permitted.
  • Irvine Lake closed.
  • All events, programs and activities canceled.
  • All scheduled volunteer programs and activities canceled.
  • OC Zoo closed.
  • OC Parks Headquarters closed.
  • Park Offices at Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square, Santiago Oaks and Yorba regional parks closed.
  • All nature and interpretive centers closed.
  • Historic parks closed, except Irvine Ranch Historic Park on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Farmers Market (previously at Irvine Regional Park)
  • Campsites at O’Neill Regional Park and Caspers Wilderness Park closed.

Please stay safe and follow all relevant health orders. More information about COVID-19 can be found at the Health Care Agency website


During this challenging time, we are missing many of our visitors, as our visitors are likely missing their favorite parks. To help fill this void, we will be presenting some special content on our social media channels.

Our goal is to bring OC Parks to our visitors in their homes, including activities led by staff members, photos of what is happening in our parks and updates on what we are working on to keep our facilities going. We will also be checking in with our friends at the OC Zoo. We will be launching several weekly features, including crafts on Facebook Live, photos of wildlife and spotlights on our volunteers, with more planned in the coming weeks.  

Follow us @OrangeCountyParks on Facebook and @OCParks on Instagram and Twitter to follow along.


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