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Ralph B. Clark Regional Park

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park is an urban park located in Buena Park, south of Rosecrans Avenue at the southern edge of the West Coyote Hills.

Park Facilities and Activities

Amphitheater, barbecues, baseball/softball fields, bicycling, fire rings, fishing, group picnic areas, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, Interpretive Center, interpretive programs, model sail boating, picnic tables, picnic shelters, playground equipment, tennis courts, volleyball courts.

Interpretive Center

The Interpretive Center is a small museum which features ice age fossil and local geology exhibits. The Center has an impressive mural of ice age mammals by Mark Hallet. Among the fossils on display is a 9 million year old baleen whale skeleton that was recovered from a local construction site. It is reputed to be one of the only complete ice age whale fossils in existence. Admission is free.

Trails

The park has a pleasant tree shaded trail that runs about 1.2 miles (1.9 km) along its periphery (including a 0.3-mile (500 m) walk along the north edge of the park). The trail rises to the top of Camel Hill (located in the north east corner of the park). Sights from the top of Camel Hill include Catalina Island, the Long Beach port, Signal Hill, Palos Verdes Peninsula, the KFI radio tower, Hawks Point Bluff, Mount Baldy, the Los Coyotes Country Club, the Santa Ana Mountains and the Huntington Beach Power Plant structures.

Wildlife

The park has a surprising variety of wildlife given its small size. More than 130 species of birds have been sighted in the park and there are resident populations of squirrels, rabbits, fish, lizards and turtles. In the evening, just after sundown, bats can be seen feeding on the insects that rise out of the pond. On occasion coyotes, raccoons and opossums visit the park.

Fishing

The pond is stocked with catfish and trout. In addition, there is a resident population of Largemouth bass and bluegill. Catch and release rules apply to the bass. Fishing licenses are required for people sixteen years and older.