Fairview Park and Nature Preserve is all about people

Mar 02, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

We all know which rules to abide by when we go to a wildlife preserve. Usually, that means that picnics, bikes and pets are usually not part of the experience. So we typically share the nature preserve with the wildlife and respect their policies.

But Fairview Park and Nature Preserve is an entirely different story. Nature abounds and people, pets, and toys are everywhere which makes this Park and Preserve that much more special.

On a recent sunny Sunday, Fairview Park was overflowing with moms, dads, dogs and their owners, kids with kites, kids on bikes, and families with model airplanes. The vast rolling green wilderness and neatly clipped grassy areas were dotted with people.

Somehow, perhaps due to its comfortable expanse, it all works. Situated by the Santa Ana River, and the Talbert Nature Preserve, the park offers paved and dirt trails running through miles of rugged terrain, where people are able to share this Preserve with all the birds, squirrels, rabbits, and in some areas, warning signs for rattlesnake habitats.

The park has three main sections: a plateau above the riverbed, the riverbed, and a mini-train track across the street, the Goathill Train, which is operated by the Orange County Model Engineers.

Definitely check out their website to schedule and help plan to make this train ride a special outing for your favorite little boy or girl.

For BMX riders there are jumps and hills hidden within the plants. For model airplane fans there’s an “air strip,” which is both fun to use and fun to watch.

Near the entrance of the Fairview Park there’s a special area only for flying kites, which was in constant use the day I was there.

Hiking, biking, running, and pet walking are also part of the attractiveness of Fairview Park.

There’s also trails for horseback riding, and lots of small alcoves for picnics.

If you love exploring a park with miles of open space, wear your hiking boots and spend the afternoon here. Bring a book or bring the family–it all works here.

Open from sunrise to sunset, Fairview Park is located at 2501 Placentia Avenue, in Costa Mesa.

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