Ralph B. Clark Regional Park
|Ralph B. Clark Regional Park|
View of the park from Camel Hill
|Type||Regional (Orange County, California)|
8800 Rosecrans Ave.|
Buena Park, California
2851 Rosecrans Ave.
|Area||105 acres (42 ha)|
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park is an urban park located in the cities of Fullerton and Buena Park, California. The park is maintained by Orange County Regional Parks, the government division that controls the regional parks in Orange County. The park is south of Rosecrans Avenue at the southern edge of the West Coyote Hills in Buena Park, but both a small section named Camel Hill next to the main park area south of Rosecrans and another small section of the park with six softball fields and a trail located north of Rosecrans Avenue are within Fullerton city limits. 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 (1917–2009).
Park facilities and activities
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.
The interpretive center is a small museum which featured ice age fossil and local geology exhibits. The museum is open with free admission from Tuesday to Friday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. The museum temporarily closed to the public on March 31, 2017. It is unknown when the museum will reopen.
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 Miocene whale fossils in existence.
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.
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-long (600 m) 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 miles (600 m) east of the park entrance. These trails are part of the Fullerton loop, a popular mountain biking route.
The park has a surprising variety of wildlife, given its small size. More than 130 species of birds have been sighted in the park 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 fly over the pond. On occasion coyotes, raccoons and opossums visit the park.
Fishing licenses are required for people sixteen years and older.
- "Ralph B. Clark Regional brochure" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
- "Ralph B. Clark Obituary". Retrieved 2009-06-14.
- http://www.ocparks.com/parks/ralph/interpretive OC Parks
- Birds at Clark Regional Park and adjacent areas, compiled by Jenisch et al
- "Catfish Stocked at Six Parks". Orange County Parks. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- "Urban Fly Fishing". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ralph B. Clark Regional Park.|
- Official Ralph B. Clark Regional Park website
- Map of the park
- LA Times: Article about the recovery of the whale skeleton on display in the museum
- Media related to Birds at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park at Wikimedia Commons — Birds of the park - photographs