Adventure Playground Lets Imaginations Soar

We certainly have no shortage of parks here in Irvine but Adventure Playground is one of the most unique because of its history and its design. Although the park was originally built in the 1970s, it recently closed for major renovations and reopened in December of 2015.

Adventure Playground
View of Adventure Playground from a hilltop
Adventure Playground
Castle play structure at Adventure Playground
Adventure Playground rules.
Adventure Playground rules.

The park is built on almost 2 acres and the landscape includes grass, dirt/mud (yes, they have water pump stations so little ones can get muddy!), mulch and concrete. The entire park is enclosed but the slight elevation changes from the outer hill area to the lower central play area makes the park feel very open. Your kids can let their imaginations soar as they play with large tractors, trucks, relax in hammocks, make mud pies at the water pumps, climb giant play structures, use huge life size blocks to build forts, snack at the picnic tables, do arts and crafts and dig in the sandboxes. We’ve seen plenty of adults getting into the fun too by building forts using the giant block pieces from Snug Play USA!

Life size block pieces from Snug Play USA.
Life size block pieces from Snug Play USA.

If you’re looking for a different type of playground that encourages unstructured play, Adventure Playground is a great place to let your kids be kids. And just maybe even let your inner child come out to play too!

Adventure Playground.
Adventure Playground.

Address: Park in the parking lot at 4512 Sandburg Way

Hours: 10am to 6pm

Additional info: There are water areas that can get muddy so you might want to bring a change of clothes, shoes and towels. And don’t forget sunscreen, water and snacks! The park is staffed by a minimum of 2 people from 10am to 5pm. Restroom stalls are available within the park or there are restrooms in the community building located just outside the park.

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200 Spectrum Center Drive: Changing the Skyline of Irvine

Irvine isn’t exactly known for high rise buildings, instead preferring low and midrises or even sprawling shopping centers like the Irvine Spectrum. But at 21 stories tall, the new high rises at 200 & 400 Spectrum Center Drive are changing the Irvine skyline. Standing 323 feet tall, these towers are now the tallest buildings in all of Orange County.

200 Spectrum Center Drive
200 Spectrum Center Drive

Both buildings are expected to receive Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council based on the buildings’ environmental impact and human health benefits. The towers were developed by Irvine Company and designed by the architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed who designed California’s tallest skyscraper, the U.S. Bank tower in downtown Los Angeles.

The first tenants at 200 Spectrum include Mazda’s North American Operations, shared-workspace group WeWork and the gaming communications company Curse Inc. *Update: since the writing of this article, Curse was acquired by Twitch, a live streaming gaming company that was recently acquired by Amazon.com.1)http://www.ocregister.com/articles/curse-726133-twitch-irvine.html The sister tower at 400 Spectrum is expected to open in 2017.

200 Spectrum Center Drive Building
200 Spectrum Center Drive Building

As can be expected, these Irvine Company properties feature hotel-like amenities such as casual work spaces, complimentary WiFi, a fitness center and outdoor meeting areas.

This is an exciting time of growth in Irvine, we look forward to seeing what other tenants will occupy these glass towers.

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1. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/curse-726133-twitch-irvine.html
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QUIZ: How “Irvine” are you?

So you think know Irvine? Take the quiz to find out if you’re still getting to know Irvine or if you’re straight OUTTA Irvine!

 

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How many Target stores are there currently in Irvine?
How many times have you been to the Irvine Spectrum this month?
How many photos of food have you posted on social media this week?
How many years has it been since the City of Irvine was formally incorporated?
How many of these dessert restaurants have you been to in the past month: Honey and Butter, Creamistry, Tapioca Express, or Afters.
The number of model homes or open houses you've toured in the past half a year.
How many palm trees have you seen today?
Does it confuse you when you drive on major streets in other cities and the speed limit isn't 55mph? (I'm looking at you Jamboree, Culver, Jeffrey and Sand Canyon!)
When was the last time you remember driving over a pothole in Irvine?
Which one of the following companies are NOT headquartered in Irvine?

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