SPOTLIGHT: HUNTINGTON CENTRAL PARK
Location: Between Slater and Talbert avenues from Golden West Street east to Gothard Street, and west of Golden West between Galicia Lane and Taylor Drive, Huntington Beach. Description: The park’s 216 acres include manicured areas and areas of dense natural vegetation in the heart of Huntington Beach. Eventually, the park will encompass 350 acres when development of the southernmost area is complete. Facilities: Huntington Central Park is one of the county’s favorite bird-watching locations; in spring and fall, its naturally wooded acres attract a variety of migrating land birds. The park is also popular for such activities as jogging and bicycle riding, and offers a Frisbee golf course, an 18-station exercise course, three playgrounds, two fishing lakes (one is dry now because of the drought) and Shipley Nature Center, which includes a half-mile, self-guided nature trail. There are two food concession stands. Horses: There is a privately operated equestrian center in the park. It is a full-boarding facility with no rentals. Call (714) 848-6565. Fees: No admission fees. Parking: Parking is free in a number of lots on the perimeter of the park. Mass Transit: OCTD routes 25, 25A, 141. Call (714) 636-4327. Park Information: (714) 960-8847.