Sweet Shade Ability Center

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Sweet Shade Ability Center is located inside Sweet Shade Neighborhood Park, and is the home of City of Irvine's Disability Services. The center was renovated in the summer of 2019 and features a multipurpose room, kitchen, courtyard, garden, and play area. The center provides Disability Services programs to the community during the week, but is available for public reservations on Saturdays. View details about rentable spaces within Sweet Shade Ability Center below.


The City of Irvine offers a variety of activities for individuals with sensory, physical, or cognitive disabilities, and their family members at Sweet Shade Ability Center​. Programs include arts, social recreation, dance, gardening, cooking, and more. For all activities currently at Sweet Shade Ability Center, visit yourirvine.org.


Please review the amenities below. To make a reservation or for more information, contact Facility Reservations at 949-724-6620 or reservations@cityofirvine.org. Applicants may now also fill out a Facility Reservation Application & Request form online here.

Available Facility Reservations


Sweet Shade Ability Center's 1,872-square-foot multipurpose room features linoleum floor and can accommodate banquet, classroom, and theater-style seating. The room is adjacent to both an outdoor courtyard and garden, and includes access to a kitchen area featuring a sink, small counter space, and refrigerator. There is no add-on fee for access to the kitchen. Room capacity ranges from approximately 50–80 attendees, depending on setup. 


Sweet Shade Ability Center's outdoor garden is located adjacent to the multipurpose room and general play area. It features grass, limited shade areas, and three benches. Maximum capacity is 75 people.


Sweet Shade Ability Center's outdoor courtyard is accessible through the multipurpose room. Use of the courtyard is available with a reservation of the multipurpose room for an add-on fee.

Policies & Fees

The City of Irvine Community Services Reservation Policy is established to ensure that the use of City facilities and parks aligns with City values, provides fair access to all users, remains fair priced, operates in a fiscally responsible manner, and supports a safe and sustainable community. View the Reservation Policy here.

Reservation Fees & Hours

Sweet Shade Ability Center's rooms are available for rent; hourly rates vary by room, group, and event type (see the Reservation Policy for more details). Please see the table below for a general overview of fees, or view a PDF version here. Reservations outside of regular operating hours may be subject to additional fees, noted below.

Multipurpose Room $200 $97 $121
Garden $200 $48 $59
Courtyard $0 $50 additional charge per reservation day. A courtyard reservation must be made in connection with a reservation of the multipurpose room.

A $20 additional hourly fee will be charged for reservations of premium rooms during primetime hours. Primetime hours are 5–9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturday, and noon–6 p.m. Sunday. Find more information on reservation hours and primetime fees here.

Please note: The above fees apply to room rental only. Events including alcohol will incur additional fees. Other needed services, such as security, porter service, or equipment rentals, are available with additional fees.

Sweet Shade Ability Center Reservation Fees

General Equipment Rental Fees