Ted Craig Regional Park, located in the city of Fullerton is a 124 acre regional park. It has many recreational activities available including biking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds and tot lots, as well as various sport fields. Craig Regional Park is an urban getaway with a plenty of trees, a lake, and three year-round creeks, perfect for spending a day out in nature with friends and family. Craig is also considered a wildlife sanctuary and bird-watching is a popular activity here.
There are picnic areas and barbecues located throughout the park available to visitors for use on a first come first serve basis. There are some picnic shelters that are available to reserve for events for a fee. There are two large shelter areas for group reservations to accommodate 300 – 400 people.
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a six foot leash at all times.
Ted Craig Regional Park Details
Address: 3300 State College Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92835
Park Hours: Sun – Sat: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Spring/Summer. 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM Fall/Winter
Parking: $3 per vehicle entry Monday – Friday; $5 Saturday & Sunday; Parking is available on the street for free
Dogs are permitted on leash
What’s At Ted Craig Regional Park
Sport Fields & Courts
The park has many recreational activities available to enjoy. There are three softball fields, one baseball field, and a sports complex. The sports complex has a basketball court, two sand volleyball courts, and racquetball or handball courts. You can also enjoy three horseshoe pits. All fields and group areas are available for reservation. There are no soccer fields available at this location.
Craig Regional Park has a three-acre lake that provides great fishing for catfish and bluegill. Make sure you have your California Fish and Game License if you are 16 or older. The lake is stocked at least once a year. You may also launch model radio-controlled sailboats on the lake.
There are three tot lots located within the park. They include climbing structures, slides, swings, and shaded areas.
A 2.6-mile loop trail takes you around the entire park. It is a relatively easy walk that goes through the Rose Garden as well as the Grove Trees. It is paved and stroller friendly. There are unpaved hiking trails here in addition to the paved trail. You can use trails in and near the park to access the top of the Fullerton Dam for a scenic view of the surrounding area. The historic rose garden is a memorial dedicated to Peggy Craig. Roller skating is allowed in designated areas, and bikes are allowed on paved and dirt trails only. Skateboarding and e-bikes/e-scooters are not permitted here.
The interpretive center is generally open on weekends. Visitors can occasionally participate in volunteer or ranger-led programs that take place within the park. Some programs can be scheduled for groups during the months of October through April for a cost of $2 per person per hour.
All Location Activities & Amenities
Ball Fields, Barbeques, Basketball Courts, Bike Trails, Bird Watching, Dogs Permitted on leashes ,Fishing, Hiking Trails, Interpretive Programs Center, Model Boats, Picnic areas (tables, restrooms), Picnic shelters for reservation, Playgrounds, Racquetball Courts, Tot Lots, Weddings Special Events
Three softball fields, one baseball field, jogging trails, and a sports complex with basketball, volleyball, and racquetball/handball courts and horseshoe pits. No fields for soccer are available.
Shelters and Group Areas can be reserved on weekends and holidays.
Shelter 1: Next to the park entrance/easy to direct guests to this location; Very close to bathrooms; Close/plentiful parking; Playground short walking distance; Only shelter with a solid roof covering as opposed to the slats on the others; Lots of level ground to setup canopies; Not the best view/aesthetics; 10 picnic tables; Bounce houses OK
Shelter 3: Beautiful view of pond/entire park; Bathrooms/nearest playground are a decent walk away (downhill and across the main road); There is no designated lot to park – must park along the main road or further down by shelter 5; On a hill so limited space for canopies but there is a decent amount; Fairly close to shelter 4 so could get a little cramped if both are in use; Somewhat secluded, aside from Shelter 4; 10 picnic tables; No bounce houses
Shelter 4: In short, book shelter 3 before you book 4; Both have the same cons, but shelter 4 is smaller and has a lesser view. Also a little more elevated than shelter 3 so less places for canopies; 8 picnic tables; No bounce houses
Shelter 5: This one seems to be most popular due to it’s proximity to the pond, playground, bathroom and parking; Pretty view of pond; Bathrooms/playground are close, but must walk across the main road; Super close parking, though it gets busy on weekends since it’s right by the pond; Lots of level ground to setup canopies; Not secluded, busy area so expect lots of people around your party; 10 picnic tables; Bounce houses OK
Shelter 8: Located in the very back of the park; Secluded but across from a baseball field so if a game is booked it might get loud and busy; Plentiful, close parking; Close bathrooms; No pond view but trees/hills are pretty; Decent amount of level ground for canopies/chairs; 10 picnic tables; Bounce house OK
Craig Regional Park Events
Craig Regional Park participates in the OC Parks Summer Concert Series and Sunset Cinema Series. See the corresponding pages for upcoming events scheduled here.
Who Was Ted Craig?
Edward “Ted” Craig was a local oil man and politician in the 1920s and 1930s in Brea. Craig served as the Mayor of Brea while he was Speaker of the California State Assembly. A fixture at the State Capitol for 50 years, Ted Craig was still referred to by legislators and staff as “Mr. Speaker” as he lobbied the legislature in the late 1970s. As Mayor of Brea, he organized the Brea Fire Dept. and the Brea Park System. He served as an Aero Squadron mechanic in WWII and later was a Commander of the Brea Post American Legion. There is also an alley known as Craig Circle.
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