Parks and Public Landscape Planning and Development

For updates on Yorba, Shaffer, and other current park projects, scroll down and check back frequently.

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. 

Yorba Park Renovation

Estimated completion Early 2018 

Yorba Park and the Yorba Dog Park closed on January 23, and will remain closed for approximately 12-14 months.

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 identifies necessary rehabilitation improvements to the Yorba Park site, and the party responsible for implementing the improvements. There are four proposed 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). In Progress.
  • 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. In Progress.
  • Phase IV - Restroom Replacement: The existing building has been shuttered for over a decade. This new building will bring back a needed restroom facility.  In Progress.
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 any planned improvements to Yorba Park are consistent with the environmental mitigation measures identified in the approved Mitigated Negative Declaration 1674-01 and 2004 Addendum.

Once the grading operation was completed, the County of Orange Waste and Recycling Department began installation of a new vapor extraction system, which will take approximately two months to complete. We will then began work to re-build Yorba Park, including the Dog Park and all passive recreation areas of the Park, which will take approximately four months, with an additional two months necessary to establish the new turf before the Park reopens.
Yorba Park Site Improvement Plan

Shaffer Park Renovation

Estimated completion October 2018

Shaffer Park was constructed in 1963 and is one of our City’s older parks. In 2000, a new tot lot was installed and in 2005, a new picnic shelter was constructed. Those park amenities will remain, along with the existing restroom building, but the entire remainder of the Park will be reconstructed.  During the construction, Shaffer Park will be closed to the public.  Construction began on September 29, 2017, and is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months.     

The planned Shaffer Park Renovation includes the demolition of the existing community building which is not ideally located on the property and in deteriorating condition. A new community building will be constructed in a location away from adjacent residences and closer to the street and parking, and the parking lot will be enlarged and reconfigured.  A small existing and run down concession building used by the local sports organization will be demolished and a new concession building with restrooms and utility storage is being planned.  The existing ball field will be realigned and renovated to include new lighting, irrigation, and safety fencing.  New concrete walkways and a walking path around the perimeter of the park, along with an outdoor exercise area are also planned.  The existing tot-lot, picnic shelter and restroom are planned to remain however, new shade canopies will be constructed over the existing play equipment.  The entire Park will be re-irrigated and landscaped. New landscaping will include a new rose garden, less turf, and more drought tolerant plantings. New irrigation technology will allow us to water more efficiently and save precious water.

Shaffer Renovation Updated Site Plan
While Shaffer Park is being renovated, please visit our other nearby parks:
  • Olive Park
    2841 N Glassell St.
  • Steve Ambriz Memorial Park
    611 Riverbend Pkwy

Parking Lot Rehabilitation: Eisenhower Park, El Camino Park, El Modena Park, and Handy Park

Estimated completion June 2018
Our City parks receive a high level of patronage. With that comes the need to maintain the amenities and infrastructure to keep the parks in an attractive and functional state. The parking lots are no different. The City will be working on the parking lots for its parks over the next several years to make sure they stay in good condition. Some of them now require more significant work than others so we are prioritizing those to be done first.

Calsense Irrigation Installation: Belmont Park, Santiago Hills Park, Serrano Park, and Fred Barrera Park

Estimated completion November 2017
Over the last several years the City has continued the transition to a centralized, weather based irrigation control system in our parks and Assessment Districts. Calsense irrigation control systems have been installed at Belmont Park, Santiago Hills Park, Serrano Park, and Fred Barrera Park this past year.  McPherson Park, Depot Park, Plaza Park, Killefer Park, and the El Modena Basin are also slated to have Calsense systems installed.

These systems allow us to deliver water to our public landscapes much more efficiently, saving as much as 30% above what has traditionally been used in the past. We will also be able to program the irrigation to automatically shut off when it rains, when pipes breaks, or a leak is detected in the system, saving water that would normally be wasted. Best of all, we will be able to manage our irrigation remotely, which will let us program changes from any computer or mobile device.

Hart Park and Grijalva Park Camera Installation

Estimated completion 2017-2018

Some City parks continue to experience increased graffiti and vandalism. In an effort to curtail illegal activity and damage to our parks, the City will be installing will be installing a surveillance camera system at both Hart Park and Grijalva Sports Center. Once in place, the cameras will hopefully deter unwanted activity and allow us to identify those responsible for vandalism or other illegal activity and pursue legal recourse. 

Recent Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Accomplishments

When we renovated the Hart Park Bandshell Dance Floor in 2016, we also included an opportunity for the community to "Leave a Legacy" in the form of a customized, engraved brick.  The proceeds from the bricks helped offset the cost of construction of the dance floor.  The renovated dance floor was completed in time for the 2016 Concerts in the Park summer series,  Due to continued interest, additional Legacy Bricks were made available for purchase through December 8, 2017.
The Outdoor Fitness Circuit at Grijalva Park makes every excuse for not embracing a healthier lifestyle obsolete. Three shaded areas feature 19 different machines in an Outdoor Fitness Circuit, including several that are wheelchair accessible. Completely free to the public, the elliptical cross trainer, leg press, stepper, and several other machines provide a gym style workout without the expensive membership fee.