The City of Anaheim is excited to present an overview of the park enhancements planned for the upcoming year. The map provides a visual depiction of where these parks are located, and when you click on the number/park name, you will find a summary of the new features and the anticipated completion date. Answers to frequently asked questions are also available at the bottom of the web page that detail how these parks were selected and how these improvements will be funded. We hope the following information helps you to get excited about the new resources and improved play space coming soon to our community!
To view a listing of all City of Anaheim parks, click here
Brookhurst Community Center - 2271 W. Crescent Avenue
Enhancements to the Brookhurst Community Center include an upgraded interior featuring a public counter and check-in area. On the exterior, additional shade will be added to the patio to provide more usable space at the center.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016.
Chaparral Spray Park - 1770 W. Broadway
The City plans to revitalize an unused portion of the park that was originally designed as a wading area, but has not been in service since the mid 70’s. This project will bring much needed summertime heat relief to the children of Anaheim’s west side. This project has not yet been designed, but it is expected to be a splash pad that will operate from May to September. Splash pads typically consist of a series of jets that create different water effects that are user activated.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Winter 2015.
Circle Park - 924 S. Park Circle
Residents of the Park Circle neighborhood (West of Euclid and North of Ball) have requested that the City owned and maintained median in their cul-de-sac located at 924 S. Park Circle be converted into a pocket park. This park will provide a much needed walk-to destination for the many residents who live in a dense residential area comprised of multi-story apartments. Circle Park will have a playground, picnic area, turf area, and enhanced lighting.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2015.
Downtown Community Center - 250 E. Center Street
Heavily utilized by our senior community, the City plans to install outdoor exercise equipment around the turf area located just outside the large multipurpose room. The equipment will be designed to increase the health and mobility of community members, particularly our senior residents who requested this addition. Visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy this equipment, and we hope to expand the application of this amenity throughout the park system.
Enhancements are scheduled to be completed by Summer 2015.
Edison Park - 1145 N. Baxter
In order to enhance Edison Park’s service level to the neighborhood, the City is taking steps to improve lighting and upgrade the walking path around the park by creating a full perimeter path.
Enhancements are scheduled to be completed by Fall 2015.
Founder’s Park Porte Cochere - 400 N. West Street
The well utilized carriage house at Founders’ Park and home to the City’s prized historic Woelke-Stoffel and Mother Colony houses, will benefit from the addition of a shade area on the building’s south side. The new feature will be constructed using materials that complement the existing structure and ensure the historic significance of the site. The upgrade will increase usability for weddings, special events, and other community activities.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2015.
John Marshal Park - 2025 W. La Palma Avenue
To date, this is the fifth park to be built by KaBOOM and our partners at Disney, YMCA, with the support of volunteers throughout the City. Edison, Stoddard, Schweitzer, and Modjeska Parks have also been rebuilt by the KaBOOM team. These cooperative efforts have brought the community together through volunteerism and a shared commitment to improving neighborhood parks. Primarily funded by a grant that the City receives from KaBOOM, the Anaheim pays the remaining cost for playground equipment. To learn more about how to get your park “KaBOOM’d” visit, www.kaboom.org/build_playground.
Construction was completed in Spring 2014.
La Palma Dog Park - 1105 N. La Palma Park Way
One of the largest parks in Anaheim, La Palma Park is situated on the northwest corner of the La Palma Ave. and Anaheim Boulevard intersection. This 21-acre park is home to the historic Glover Football Stadium, Dee Fee Baseball Field, Martin Recreation Center, and picnic shelter. Park improvements will include fencing, separated small and large dog use areas, additional trees, benches, and drinking fountains.
The La Palma Dog Park is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Little People's Park - 220 W. Elm Street
Enhancements to Little People’s Park include replacing the existing gazebo, a drinking fountain, and plans to increase and upgrade the turf area. A low decorative fence will be placed around the perimeter of the park to prevent small children and balls from going into the street. Benches and BBQ’s will be added, and the existing basketball court will be reconfigured so that full court games can take place.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2016.
Manzanita Park Restoration - 1260 N Riviera Street
The structure at Manzanita Park was damaged by a fire in 2012. The City plans to restore and improve the building’s usability by modifying the floor plan, upgrading the exterior and interior finishes, and creating a welcoming public entrance and lobby. Once restored, the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club plans to relocate from their temporary facilities (off Broadway) to the upgraded permanent structure in Manzanita Park. Moving forward, the Boys and Girls club will manage the site – which serves as an excellent example of community partnerships that better share the City’s resources with the community.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016.
Miraloma Park and Family Resource Center - 2600 E. Miraloma Way
Last October, the City celebrated the ground breaking of the newly acquired Miraloma Park and Family Resource Center. This project is currently under construction and includes the renovation of existing 4,312 square foot warehouse building into a family resource center as well as the development of the surrounding City-owned property into a neighborhood park. Site amenities include a perimeter loop trail, skate plaza, outdoor classroom area, picnic facilities, interactive water feature, drought tolerant landscaping, and a playground.
The grand opening celebration is on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 am.
Olive Hills Dog Park - 700 S. Nohl Canyon Road
Situated at the base of the City’s Nohl Canyon tank – a 10-million gallon, above-ground, drinking water storage tank and next to Olive Hills tennis court, this pocket of land will now be home to a new dog park, which will consist of a perimeter walking/jogging path, patches of artificial turf, separated small and large dog use areas with agility equipment, benches, and native plant materials.
The Olive Hills Dog is expected to be completed in the Fall/Winter 2015.
Paul Revere Park - 160 Guinida Lane
The City recently celebrated the ground breaking for this new pocket park, which will consists of a gazebo, volleyball court, playground area, landscape irrigation and planting, security lights, exercise stations, and hardscape (concrete and decomposed granite walkways). The focal point of the park is a mossiac mural depicting Paul Revere midnight ride. The mural was developed using drawings from the students of Paul Revere Elementary.
Opened Winter 2015.
Pearson Park Cactus Garden - 400 N. Harbor Blvd.
Pearson Park is a cornerstone of the City’s landscape. As the first park to be built in Anaheim, Pearson Park is used by members of the entire community because it houses the City’s only outdoor amphitheater. One of the park’s historic treasures is the 10,000 sq ft. Cactus Garden. The City will be restoring this truly unique feature to address issues with existing vegetation and replant species of plants that will reflect the of Rudy Boysen’s original intention. Rudy was the park’s first superintendent, and he actually hybridized the immensely popular Boysenberry!
Restoration is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016.
Pelanconi Park - 222 S. Avenida Margarita
With the help of grant funding from the Habitat Conservation Fund, this hidden gem of a true nature park –Pelanconi Park, has been identified as a restoration project which will consist of removing tangled and invasive non-native plants along the stream bed and replacing them with native plant material to enhance the resident’s natural outdoor experience, as well as to create a more suitable habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Restoration is scheduled to be completed in Winter 2015.
Ponderosa Park Renovation - 100 S. Haster Street
The Ponderosa Park & Family Resource Center is being designed to provide a social gathering place, as well as recreational, family and community services, which promote the safety, stability and healthy development of Anaheim families. Located on 7.6 acres at 2100 S. Haster Street, adjacent to the Ponderosa Elementary School, the project will also provide joint use programs to leverage investments of both time and money to create a vibrant and active community resource.
The design for Ponderosa Park and the Family Resource Center is well under way in partnership with Dougherty + Dougherty Architects and MIG Landscape Architects.
Ponderosa Project Description: The Ponderosa Park and Family Resource Center project scope involves replacing the existing family youth center with a new building that will be approximately 18,400 square feet with 3.7 acres of park improvements. This facility will be designed to meet the current California Green Code, and with a goal to meet U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification. Ponderosa Park is being renovated to include amenities such as a shaded community picnic area, individual and group picnic tables integrated among the existing trees, a playground and tot lot, splash pad water play area, outdoor reading room, and skate park. A large group picnic area with colorful fabric shade structures will overlook the splash pad and play areas. Smaller clustered and individual picnic pads will also be provided as well as open shaded turf areas. A walking track will encircle the existing baseball field and tie into an outdoor fitness area. A majority of the existing shade trees will be preserved. A separate restroom building will also serve the renovated park.
The new Family Resource Center building will contain an enclosed and covered courtyard with a fountain and decorative paving. The exterior of the new building will contain outdoor reading areas and a California-friendly planting demonstration garden. The park will be accessible via sidewalks and a wide, tree-lined corridor and central plaza that will host future programs and events.
The proposed Family Resource Center includes a gymnasium with full-sized basketball court, a dance/exercise room, general use classroom, teen-use room, WIC counseling room, and multi-use room with demonstration kitchen. This building is being designed around a central courtyard that can host a variety of activities such as movie nights, health fairs, job fairs, etc. Other amenities include meeting and counseling rooms, restrooms, and administrative offices.
History of Public Meetings
Presentation September 17, 2013
Verification of Master Plan October 2, 2013
Parks and Recreation Commission approval of Master Plan October 23, 2013
Public input on the new playground/spray park and skate park December 4, 20013
Presentation conceptual plans for the Family Resource Center March 10, 2014
Verification of Conceptual Park and Family Resource Center Plans October 1, 2014
Input on Playground, spray park, Skate Park and Family Resource Center February 4, 2015
Upcoming Public Meetings (once dates have been set a flier will be mailed to all neighbors and past attendees)
Workshops for Skate Park Design, April 1, 2015
Workshops for Artwork
Dedicated in 1965, Ponderosa Park is an important public facility that is heavily used by the community and surrounding neighborhood. The park receives a great deal of use for scheduled sports leagues and regular daily use by families who enjoy the park’s amenities. Located within the park is the Ponderosa Family Resource Center. The building was originally constructed as a recreation center, but in the early 80’s it began to function as a resource center primarily dedicated to serve the needs of the residents who live in the surrounding neighborhood. Due to the need for additional office space, the building was expanded in 1983. In 2000, a modular building was added to the site to further meet the need for additional space. Due to the continued increase in the community’s service needs, combined with the building’s size and layout limitations, the facility does not adequately meet the needs for staff to effectively administer community programs.
Situated in a residential area, the park’s restroom and old playground are being replaced to allow the nearby community to enjoy the new play space and benefit from more communal time with the addition of picnic facilities.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2015.
Schweitzer Park - 218 S. Bel Air Street
Schweitzer Park is now complete, and included the replacement of the existing restrooms and playground equipment. This project was successfully completed this year and the majority of the improvements were funded by a grant from the Housing Related Parks Program. Schweitzer Park was one of five KaBoom projects that have been completed in Anaheim to date.
Stoddard Park - 1901 S. Ninth Street
The City plans to replace the control building at Stoddard Park, which will include a restroom with 3 stalls, a urinal, sinks, hand dryers, and an outdoor gathering space.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2016.
Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan - Citywide
The Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan was approved by the City Council in April 2013. This Citywide master plan was fully funded by the Proposition 84 Urban Greening grant along with a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments. These grant funds were used to identify a unique network of parks and trails that the City could connect in order to increase green space through a planned system of green corridors that will connect residents, visitors, and employees to both existing and planned high-density urban areas. The Plan also allows for the development of projects that emphasize shade trees, pocket parks, open spaces, a river walk, multimodal and non-motorized trails and pathways, demonstration gardens, wildlife corridors, bioswales, along with other storm water filtration and collection systems.
Community goals were established through a series of public and stakeholder meetings, along with input collected through the City’s website. From this process, eight goals emerged to guide the project’s development. The Anaheim Outdoors Connectivity Plan will:
Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Increase Recreational Opportunities
Foster Sustainable Landscapes
Enhance Property’s Financial Value
Provide for the Implementation and Maintenance of the Plan
The Community Services Department compiles a list of aging infrastructure throughout the park system that is in need of replacement. The list is then used to select high-priority projects as funding becomes available. Additionally, staff works closely with residents to identify and resolve reported deficiencies. Lastly, staff collaborates with owners of surrounding land to determine new opportunities to enrich the existing park system.
Park enhancements are funded by both grants and from park development fees. No tax payer dollars (General Fund dollars) are used to construct new parks or to pay for capital improvements (permanent upgrades) in our parks. Park development fees are collected from the developer when a new housing development is constructed. These park development fees are calculated using a formula structured in accordance with a State law called the Quimby Act, which was established in 1975. Additionally, the Community Services department aggressively pursues grant funding from federal, state, and private sources to help fund new park amenities.
Using the same criteria for how these parks were selected, future park improvements are prioritized based on several factors which include: community needs, conditions of existing park system, and funding availability.
The City of Anaheim has a great tool to help you and your family find the parks and services in your neighborhood. The My Community Resource Map lets you search your neighborhood for parks, other City facilities, and non-profit service providers in your area that offer the amenities you may be looking for, such as: skate park, tennis courts, community center, etc.
Your feedback is important to us and we believe the community is one of the best sources for determining what park enhancements would work for your neighborhood needs. We encourage you to fill out the comment box below or contact us directly at 714-765-5155.
The Community Services Department hosts a series of District Neighborhood Council meetings throughout the year, where residents can get to know their neighbors and learn about what is happening in their community. City staff members are available to speak directly with residents at the free meetings. Meetings are held in the west, east, central and south districts of the City (City districts are indicated on the map at the top of this page), are open to the public and all are welcome to participate. To learn more, or see the upcoming meeting schedule, please click here. Neighborhood Councils bring people together, provide useful information and help you find ways to participate in your community!