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The Mile Square Park – A Surprise Package in Fountain Valley

Apr 05, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

At first glance, the Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, looks just like a typical neighborhood park.

However, that perception changes into reality as you explore the park, and discover its long list of unique features.

The Mile Square Park is a four mile square regional park and urban playground, totaling a massive 640 acres–and it’s fully equipped with facilities for soccer, tennis, baseball, softball, archery, basketball, cross country meets and volleyball.

It also has a twenty acre nature center, two fishing lakes, an 18 hole golf course, a coffee shop, bar and a driving range and banquet room as well.

Historically, this regional park was only agricultural land that later became a base for World War II military airfields–included were three landing strips that were situated right in the middle of the then park.

In the sixties, Orange County subsequently developed its master plan for its regional parks, and negotiated the Mile Square Park space with the Navy. During the seventies, the park took shape and had its final completion in 1999.

The story today is a bustling regional park.

I went there recently, on a weekday afternoon, and the park was humming. Grand-kids and their grandparents were headed for the lake, clutching loaves of bread to feed the ducks.

Indeed, one dad was biking with his young son, who was just starting riding his new training wheel bike. Also, joggers and walkers were making the loop around the park, and sports buffs were making use of all of the areas in-between, particularly the golf courses, where the links were full.

For family or group outings, check their website for their fishing derby program, overnight camping programs for juniors, bike and pedal boat rentals and barbecue and fire rings for picnics or birthdays.

The park has a busy urban population on all of its four sides, perfectly positioned for early morning jogs or late afternoon walks.

For true fitness buffs, it really is a four mile track around the perimeter facing the streets of Euclid, Brookhurst, Warner and Edinger.

The park is located at 16801 Euclid in Fountain Valley.

Its Fall and Winter hours are from 7 am to 6 pm, and the Spring and Summer hours are 7 am to 9 pm.

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