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Orange Park Acres was founded in 1928 as the official equestrian destination of Orange County,
which is what the community prides itself on today with community riding trails and facilities throughout the OPA
neighborhoods. Much of that historical heritage has been preserved with the lack of sidewalks and street lights,
and the abundance of fenced horse trails. This Horse Community is comprised of approximately 5,500 residents
and is about 1.4 square miles in size.
Today, Orange Park Acres has one of the finest multi-purpose trail systems in the state of
California, which is used by residents and visitors on a daily basis. Domestic animals abound in our area,
reflecting the heavy emphasis on the rural lifestyle that is the community’s most distinguishing feature and its
most effective unifying force. On any given day, you can see equestrians, bicyclists, joggers, runners,
walkers with dogs, goats, a calf or even a lady with a duck in a wagon enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of Orange
In 1953 the Orange Park Property Owners Association was formed to meet the threat of annexation
into the City of Orange.
- 1960 the present Orange Park Association group was formed.
Approximately 150 families lived in the area
- 1972 Grovewood was developed adding 35 more homes, and Deerfield adding 80
- 1974 The Wilderness gated community was developed with horse facilities
adding 100 more homes.
- 1975 Saddlehill was developed into 36 one-acre equestrian home-sites.
- 1976 Was a big development year with the addition of:
- Broadmoor developing 202 homes with equestrian facilities and a lake
- Pheasant Run with horse facilities adding 48 more residences
- Ridgeline adding 38 one-acre equestrian sites
- 1978 Saw the development of:
- Kennymead Merkel Development adding 24 equestrian homes
- Orange Hill adding 83 homes
- Lazy Creek Development
- 1979 High Horse Trails added 140 homes and an equestrian facility.
- 1983 Bob & Jeans Café was torn down to make room for the first
commercial development in Orange Park Acres.
- 1984 The Orange Canyon Center opened in the early part of the year.
- 1992 Saw the last gated community built in Orange Park Acres with
the development of one-half acre lots in the gated community The Reserve.
- Today you have to look long and hard to find an empty lot in Orange Park Acres, and that
same acre you could have bought for $1,000 in 1928 would cost $500,000 to $1,500,000, depending on the
- 2003 Citizens in OPA along with others in the county were successful in
the preservation of the 506-acre Barham Ranch parcel that was slated for 600 homes. Barham Ranch is now
part of the regional park system with great trails and wonderful habitat for all to enjoy.
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