Anaheim Coves Recreation Area Grows

The Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) board has approved a lease agreement with the city of Anaheim to provide approximately six additional acres of OCWD land for public park and recreational uses. The District, Southern California Edison and the Orange County Flood Control District have all approved parcels of their land to be dedicated to a nine-acre project, the Anaheim Coves Northern Extension, which would extend the existing Anaheim Coves trail north to Frontera Street.  

The Anaheim Coves Northern Extension will be located west of the Five Coves Basin and will include 11 acres of native landscape. It will connect Lincoln Avenue to Frontera Street with a one-mile bike path and a parallel soft decomposed granite riding and hiking trail, a children’s nature garden and demonstration area near Frontera Street, interpretive signage, and amenities such as outdoor exercise equipment, drinking fountains, benches, trash cans, and dog waste stations.

Anaheim Coves at Burris Basin was open to the public on November 15, 2011. It is a 14-acre natural park located west of OCWD’s recharge basin and is bounded by Lincoln Avenue to the north, Ball Road to the south, and Rio Vista Street to the west.  Once complete, Anaheim Coves and the Anaheim Coves Northern Extension will be a 25-acre nature park that will include a 2.5-mile bike path, two parking lots, and two restrooms.

This $1.7 million expansion will be funded by grants from Caltrans and the California Natural Resources Agency. The projected timeline for the Northern Extension will begin this summer and is projected to be completed in March of 2018. It will be maintained by the city of Anaheim.  

OCWD has dedicated more than 200 acres of its lands for public trails and recreation, ensuring that the public will continue to be able to enjoy open space in Orange County for years to come. These areas primarily encircle OCWD's recharge basins in the cities of Anaheim and Orange.