Parks and Recreation

The City of Irvine is recognized nationally for its well-planned parks, greenbelts, open space and interconnected bike network.

Since its inception in 1971, the City has developed 18 Community Parks, 37 Neighborhood Parks, and oversees a network of 5,250 acres of permanently preserved open space.  In addition to the City’s park network, there are countless ways to connect with nature and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, equestrian programs and naturalist-led tours. 

Nature Preserve

The Turtle Rock Nature Center is a much beloved five-acre preserve that serves as a home for wildlife as well as an outdoor classroom for people interested in the natural environment.  The Center provides many volunteer opportunities as well as a wide array of educational programs.

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers nature and educational programs, as well as a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Other locally-based charitable organizations related to parks and recreation can be found on the City’s website.