Ralph B. Clark Regional Park

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Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
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View of the park from Camel Hill
Type Regional (Orange County, California)
Location 8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, California
(714) 973-3170
Coordinates 33°53′35″N 117°58′45″W / 33.89306°N 117.97917°W / 33.89306; -117.97917Coordinates: 33°53′35″N 117°58′45″W / 33.89306°N 117.97917°W / 33.89306; -117.97917
Area 105 acres (42 ha)
Created 1981
Status Open

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park is an urban park located primarily in Buena Park, California south of Rosecrans Avenue at the southern edge of the West Coyote Hills. A smaller section with six softball fields is located north of Rosecrans Avenue in Fullerton, California. The park was originally opened as Los Coyotes Regional Park in 1981, and was renamed in 1987 after then-retiring Orange County Supervisor Ralph B. Clark[1] (1917–2009).[2]

Park facilities and activities[edit]

Amphitheater, barbecues, baseball/softball fields, bicycling, fire rings, fishing, group picnic areas, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, Interpretive Center, interpretive programs, model sail boating, picnic tables, picnic shelters, playground equipment, tennis courts, volleyball courts.

Interpretive Center[edit]

The Interpretive Center is a small museum which features ice age fossil and local geology exhibits.

The Center has an impressive mural of ice age mammals by Mark Hallet.

Among the fossils on display is a 9 million year old baleen whale skeleton that was recovered from a local construction site. It is reputed to be one of the only complete ice age whale fossils in existence.

Admission is free.

Trails[edit]

The park has a pleasant tree shaded trail that runs about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) along its periphery (including a 0.3-mile (500 m) walk along the north edge of the park).

The trail rises to the top of Camel Hill (located in the north east corner of the park). Sights from the top of Camel Hill include Catalina Island, the Long Beach port, Signal Hill, Palos Verdes Peninsula, the KFI radio tower, Hawks Point Bluff, Mount Baldy, the Los Coyotes Country Club, the Santa Ana Mountains and the Huntington Beach Power Plant structures.

Nearby Trails
The trail head for the Emery Ranch Trail lies just to the west of the portion of the park which is north of Rosecrans Avenue. This is a somewhat steep 0.4-mile (600 m) long trail that winds its way up through the local coastal sage scrub plant community. The trail ends at the peak of the hill near a water storage tank.

The trail head for the Castlewood Trail and the Rosecrans Trail are on the northern side of Rosecrans about 0.4-mile (600 m) miles east of the park entrance. These trails are part of the Fullerton loop, a popular mountain biking route.

Wildlife[edit]

The park has a surprising variety of wildlife given its small size. More than 130 species of birds have been sighted in the park[3] and there are resident populations of squirrels, rabbits, fish, lizards and turtles. In the evening, just after sundown, bats can be seen feeding on the insects that rise out of the pond. On occasion coyotes, raccoons and opossums visit the ralph b. clark park.

Fishing[edit]

The pond is stocked with catfish[4] and trout. In addition, there is a resident population of Largemouth bass and bluegill.[5] Catch and release rules apply to the bass.

Fishing licenses are required for people sixteen years and older.

Gallery[edit]

Interpretive Center seen across the pond 
Pterodactyl sculpture 
Group picnic shelter 
Looking west across the pond 
Northeast section of the perimeter trail 
Interpretive Center fossil collecting exhibit 
Mammoth and Mastodon teeth 
Turtles and snowy egret in the pond 
Bass fry born in the pond 
American wigeon grazing alongside the pond 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ralph B. Clark Regional brochure". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Ralph B. Clark Obituary". Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  3. ^ Birds at Clark Regional Park and adjacent areas, compiled by Jenisch et al
  4. ^ "Catfish Stocked at Six Parks". Orange County Parks. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  5. ^ "Urban Fly Fishing". Retrieved 2009-04-16. [dead link]

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