Where are the Costa Mesa parks and community centers?
You can find all Parks, Recreation, and Community Centers on this map. Or you can call the community centers at the following numbers:
Balearic Community Center
Downtown Recreation Center
Downtown Aquatic Center
Neighborhood Community Center (closed for construction)
Costa Mesa Senior Center
What time does the park open/close?
City parks are open from dawn to dusk.
What happens if it rains on the day of my event? Do I get a refund?
In the event of rain, please call (714) 754-5300 within 72 hours to obtain a refund of your park reservation fees and/or deposit. The fees will not be automatically refunded after 72 hours. A refund must be requested. Please allow 2-6 weeks for your refund to be processed. Another option would be to reschedule your event over the phone, free of charge.
What do I do if someone else is using the area I reserved on the day of my event?
Show your reservation permit to the other party and ask them to leave. If they do not cooperate, call the park rangers at (714) 754-5252, and they will come to assist you.
Can I host a birthday party at the park without a reservation?
Having a reservation allows you to have exclusive use of the shelter or park area. Without a reservation, the area you wish to use may already be in use by another person. Also, you may not deny access to the park shelter or area to the general public.
What form of payment is accepted?
Credit cards (Visa or Master Card), cash or check. Some exceptions may apply.
I want to cancel my reservation. What do I need to do?
Cancellations can begin over the phone during normal business hours. A written cancellation notice may be requested. A $25 transfer and cancellation fee will apply.
Business Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What do I do if I reserved the wrong date and/or park for my event?
You will be able to make changes on your reservation provided that the date and park you want are still available. The City requires changes to be requested at least two weeks prior to the desired date. Transfers have to be done in person at the Parks and Community Services counter on the third floor of City Hall and a $25 transfer or cancellation fee will apply.
When will I receive a refund for my park reservation deposit?
It takes approximately 2-6 weeks after your event to receive a refund. Refunds are made only if the park area is left in a clean and damage-free condition all vendor documents were received and verified prior to event date.
Are there electrical outlets for use by the public at the park shelters?
TeWinkle Park, Shelter 1, is the only shelter that has electrical outlets for public use. The fee for use of the electrical outlet is $40 per day. The outlet cannot be used for inflatable bounce houses.
Am I allowed to bring my own barbecue to a city park?
Yes, you can bring your own barbeque provided that you abide by the City's barbecue rules and regulations.
Can I make a park reservation over the phone or online?
No. You must come to the Parks & Community Services counter on the third floor of City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to make a reservation and pay the required fees.
Do I need a permit to fly model aircrafts/drones airplanes at Fairview Park?
Yes. A permit to fly radio-controlled model aircraft/drones is required at Fairview Park. You must also show proof of adequate liability insurance in the form of a current Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership card or a current homeowner's/personal liability insurance policy specifically covering model airplane/aircraft flying, with a minimum limit of $500,000. Rules and regulations for flying the model aircraft can be found in the Costa Mesa Municipal Code (Title 12, Chapter II, Articles 2 and 3). A permit can be obtained at City Hall, Parks & Community Services Department, 3rd floor.
Can I put a hold on a park reservation before paying the fee?
No. Reservations are made in person on a first-come, first-paid basis.
Do I need a reservation to use a picnic shelter at a city park?
Yes. If you want the shelter reserved exclusively for your use, you must come to City Hall, Parks & Community Services Department, third floor to make a reservation. Fees vary depending on the number of guests and whether you are a Costa Mesa resident. A deposit is also required for petting zoos, pony rides, other animal attractions, caterers and vendors, and large park rentals. For additional information, call (714) 754-5300.
How do I contact a Parks and Recreation commissioner?
Members of the Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can call the Commission staff support at (714) 754-5300.
How do I make a reservation for a park shelter or picnic area?
Reservations must be made in person at least 3 days prior, or up to 1 year in advance of the desired date. No reservations will be accepted without payment of the required fees. Call the Parks & Community Services Department at (714) 754-5300 or check the Park Reservation Schedule. Then come to City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, 3rd floor, Parks & Community Services Department, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to reserve the park and pay the fees.
How do I obtain a parcel at the Del Mar or Hamilton Community Garden?
The City currently has two community gardens. The Del Mar Garden at 170 Del Mar Ave. has 60 garden parcels. The Hamilton Garden at 523 Hamilton Street has 42 garden parcels.
Both gardens have waiting lists and as parcels become available, people on the waiting list are notified.
To check status of the waiting list for the gardens, send an e-mail to Cecily Renteria and provide your name, home address, phone number and e-mail address. The fees for a garden parcel are $60 per year along with a $120 garden key deposit. The garden parcels are renewed every January.
Fees are not prorated. If you need additional information, click here or call 714-754-5300.
How long may I reserve the park shelter or picnic area?
As of September 1, 2017, a minimum of 4 hours is required for reserving and must be during park operating hours. (dawn to dusk)
Do I need a reservation to have a picnic on an open grass area?
Yes, if you would like the area to be for your use only. Otherwise, it is open to the general public. If you are using an open space area, you are not allowed to have a bounce house, caterer, or animal attractions.