While residents and visitors of most cities are happy to have access to a handful of parks, Murrieta stands heads and shoulders above the rest with a whopping 52 public parks of all shapes, sizes and personalities. In other words, you could visit a different Murrieta park every week for a whole year without setting foot in the same one twice. With such a vast selection, Murrieta has the perfect open green space at which to pursue your favorite pastime, from quiet moments to competitive tournaments.
Follow along for our guide of Murrieta’s top 7 parks to check out, then plan your trip today.
For Nature Lovers: Pond Park
While this hidden gem isn’t the most accessible park on our list, it is one of the most unique. Known for its great bass fishing, Pond Park is also a wonderful place to see wildlife such as geese, blackbirds, coot, hawks, grackle, ducks, turtles and loons. This family-friendly spot, surrounded by walking paths, is also ideal for a picnic, barbeque or a stroll.
For Fans of Sports and Picnics : California Oaks Sports Park
Parents looking for a place where their kids can burn off energy need look no further than California Oaks Sports Park, where well-kept tennis, basketball and volleyball courts sit alongside baseball fields, a public swimming pool, a skateboard park and playgrounds.
This park, however, is also ideal for quieter moments, with its shaded picnic tables and BBQ grills. Offering plentiful parking, this park is also home to city-sponsored events such as the summertime Murrieta Birthday Bash, which features kid-friendly activities, fireworks and live music.
For Dog Parents: Torrey Pines Park
Let’s face it, in light of everything that they do for us, our dogs deserve a great park. At Torrey Pines Park, man’s best friend can sniff, run and romp their hearts out. This park provides two separate enclosed area for big and small dogs, in addition to shaded areas and a designated drinking fountain for our furry friends. Humans will also appreciate the park’s shaded picnic tables and playground.
For Frisbees and Kites: Rancho Acacias Park
This spacious, clean and multi-use neighborhood park stands out for its Frisbee golf course, baseball field, large gazebo and playground. Family-friendly Rancho Acacias Park is also a favorite destination among dog owners. The park’s large grass area is ideal for kite-flying or just plain hanging out.
For Kids Large and Small : Los Alamos Hills Sports Park
Whether it’s boisterous families rooting on their favorite youth athletes or pet owners taking their furries on a stroll, Los Alamos Hills Sports Park features impeccably-maintained football, baseball and soccer fields framed by the region’s rolling hills. Kids have two different playgrounds to choose from and parents will enjoy the ample parking and walking paths. Picnic areas can also be rented for birthday parties or other special events.
For Those Who Enjoy Long Strolls : Copper Canyon Park
This park literally covers all of the bases – offering everything from baseball and soccer fields to a track and covered picnic areas. A walking path leaving from the park meanders through a residential area, eventually connecting to another small park, making Copper Canyon Park a favorite for those who enjoy extended scenic walks.
For Students of All Ages: Rancho Bella Vista Park
Home to the French Valley Community Center, which offers a colorful variety of classes and workshops to children and adults alike, Rancho Bella Vista Park is far from ordinary. Visitors can soak up the views of the neighboring nature preserve and Palomar Mountain or enjoy a game of basketball, volleyball or indoor soccer in the gym. The park also hosts popular activities such as bi-weekly movie screenings.
With so many parks in and around Murrieta, we hope you’re inspired to explore the multitude of open spaces, fields, playgrounds and paths that attract visitors of all ages to these public treasures. As always, please be respectful of these amazing parks by leaving no trace and picking up after your pets. Click here to learn more about Murrieta’s parks or here for more information about youth sports tournaments in the city.