Parks & Recreation

Lovely Greenbriar Park is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature

Brea offers residents great green spaces as well as surrounding parks that offer great walks and hikes. These green spaces and access to nature bring a nice balance to the city and are just another reason as to why Brea is such a coveted and sought after place to live.

Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular city green spaces as well as both local parks and regional parks.

City Parks

The most popular city park is City Hall Park. City Hall Park is part of the overall layout of Brea’s city hall. The entire area was designed by architect Allen Rout in 1928. In addition to the green space and city hall, City Hall Park is also home to an outdoor public swimming pool known as “the plunge”.

City Hall Park hosts a variety of local, community led festivals and events, and is a great place for picnics and barbecues. The park is a historical site and a major landmark for the city of Brea. Make sure to take in one of the great live music events or the ever popular pool and enjoy this historical landmark.

Wildcatters Park houses many of the city’s sports fields and features baseball fields, soccer and football fields as well as basketball courts. In addition to these facilities, Wildcatters Park also contains a great children’s play area, a shaded picnic area complete with barbecue pits. A .6 mile perimeter trail surrounds the park and provides access to additional parking lots.

Across the street from Wildcatters Park lies Wildcatters Dog Park. This popular park is a great place for your dog to play off leash and to meet fellow dog lovers. The park is divided into two areas; an area for small dogs (less than 25 pounds) and an area for larger dogs (25 pounds plus).

There are also picnic tables, fountains with attached dog bowls and dog waste clean-up stations. If you are a dog enthusiast, then Wildcatters Dog Park is the place for you and your pooch!

Olinda Oil Museum and Trail preserves and showcases some of Brea’s original oil history and includes the location of the original Olinda Oil Well Number One. In addition to the original oil well, the museum also showcases some of the original operation tools used on the well, original oil pumps and the office and headquarters of this historical well.

The Loop Trail allows exploration in the area that surrounded the original oil well and tries to recapture the sights, sounds and smells of the original Olinda Oil Field.

Regional Parks

Upstream from the Carbon Canyon Dam lies Carbon Canyon Regional Park. This 124 acre park offers a wide range of activities, hiking trails as well as recreational areas. 60 acres are developed and provide park goers with a large grassy picnic area, sports facilities that include lighted tennis courts and a 4 acre stocked lake with two separate fishing piers.

The remainder of the park is not developed and has trails that lead to Orange County’s only grove of Coastal Redwoods as well as a nature walk that offers stunning views and great opportunities for bird watchers. This is one of Brea’s most popular parks so make sure to get there early to ensure a parking spot!

Ted Craig Regional Park was developed in 1974. It is home to some of the most unique landscapes in the area and has 3 year-round creeks flowing through it, rolling hills, mature trees and a stocked lake. There is an abundance of shade in the park and many great areas to enjoy a picnic.

Ted Craig Regional Park also has great hiking and biking trails and is a wildlife sanctuary and home to many types of waterfowl and birds.

Tri-City Regional Park is another popular park that provides access to a variety of recreational activities. There is a stocked lake where you can fish for Bluegill and Catfish, and the park houses three separate reservable picnic shelters. There are also great walking and biking trails in the park.

Tri-City Regional Park is a wildlife sanctuary and is popular as a bird watching destination.

These are just a few of the many local and regional parks that are easily within reach of Brea. These parks and green spaces all add to the allure of Brea and make it a desirable place to live.

If you are looking to relocate to sunny Southern California and are looking at some of the great homes for sale in Brea, remember that Brea is more than just a shopping destination; there are plenty of other green factors that make this city the place to live.

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