Castle Park in Northwood
At Castle Park in Northwood, kids can climb through tunnels and cross over bridges as they pretend to storm the castle.

Northwood’s ‘Castle Park’ is a center of imagination and fun

by ELLEN BELL

In an age when kids entertainment is becoming more and more high-tech, Northwood’s Castle Park is a refreshing reminder of a simpler time when creativity was king and imagination ruled.

Built in 1980, Northwood Park was affectionately named “Castle Park” by the local kids who loved to play on the large, fortress-style climbing structure. Today, Castle Park is an Irvine classic that is popular with kids and their parents, many of whom grew up playing in the park themselves.

 

 

There’s plenty of space for active play, with slides, tire swings and shaded sand stations. But Castle Park is truly a kingdom of creativity, where a simple cement castle provides the perfect foundation for hours of make believe fun. Kids can climb through tunnels and cross over bridges as they pretend to storm the castle.

“There are really nice parks in Irvine but this is more original than most,” says Irvine parent Sherif Meckael. “My daughter Amelia sees the castle and tells me, ‘I want to go to Castle Park.’”

The vintage park has kept up with the times, however, with modern, rubberized play surfaces, shady picnic areas and clean, accessible restrooms.

A great place for kids of all ages.