Around a few of the main streets in Anaheim, Maxwell Park is a lot like some of the others in the area except turned up a notch. The first thing I notice as I pull into the parking lot is the library situated at the corner of the property.
Libraries and Parks: A Signature Combo in Anaheim
The Haskett branch of the Anaheim public library evokes a theme—many of the public parks in Anaheim are designed with a library.
However, this park is also unlike some of the others I’ve been to.
Welcoming Canines: An Attractive Dog Park within Maxwell Park
For example, there is a dog park within the wider park.
It is one of the nicer dog areas I have seen, which clearly attracts dog owners because I see multiple people with their canines immediately.
There are both small and large dogs here.
Not only are dogs of all sizes welcome, but there are also two dog park areas for the size differential.
The signage also warns dog owners that there are coyotes in the area.
It says to keep your distance and if you do, it should be okay.
From Recreational to Residential: The Versatile Spaces of Maxwell Park
Beyond the dog park, I see a few different recreational areas.
First, the omnipresent Anaheim baseball field is in view—one of the mainstays of Anaheim parks.
It looks like an average baseball diamond, but the field is notably dry.
Next to it is a tee ball field, where a homeless man sleep on the grass out of in the open.
Before leaving the park, I see several more people who don’t have homes living at the park or out of their beaten-up cars.
I get the feeling that the atmosphere of the park might change at night.
A Day at Maxwell Park: From Sports to Solitude
During the day, however, it is a great place to play a sport, sit with your family, or walk you dog.
There ends up being three separate baseball diamonds and the tee ball field.
There is a lot of public workout equipment where I see one man committing to his exercise regimen.
While the grass of the park is very dry and dead in some areas, the shade of the trees is pleasant and the contrast of the sun between their leaves is beautiful.
In addition to the dry grass, there is a dried-up brook that surely used to have water bubbling down it.
The fields are expansive, with plenty of room to be alone and relax.
The Extravagant Maxwell Park: Abundant Facilities and Pleasures
The three baseball fields are a little over-the-top, but Maxwell has just about everything else you would expect from an Anaheim Park.
There is a playground for children being used by families.
Barbecues are available with picnic tables.
Plenty of trash cans dot the grassy fields.
There’s a school nearby and multiple restrooms.
On this Monday, there aren’t many full families but a few couples walking dogs, a trio of women riding electric bikes, and scattered homeless people.
While there isn’t really a soccer field, some white paint has been rolled on the grass to indicate the goals and boundaries.
It’s a large park, providing a lot of space to expand and get away from people if you want to be alone.
Relishing the Peaceful Ambiance of Maxwell Park
Dogs bark at each other and kids holler on the swing set, but beyond those sounds the park is quiet.
There are homes nearby, but I never really get to them.
The park is perfect for getting away from your house, being with your family, or enjoying the area with your dog.
You can check out a book at the library and read it in the park.
You can get a workout in or play a sport.
You can ride a bike or a skateboard on the pathway.
Maximized Leisure at Maxwell Park
Maxwell Park is like a lot of different parks in Anaheim but turned up a notch.
It is larger than a lot of the community parks.
You can tell that just by the number of baseball diamonds there are.
The space lends itself to some great relaxation in the grass, but this grass clearly hasn’t been watered.
The hot California summer sun has gotten the best of the field.
It has everything these community parks typically have—bathrooms, barbecues, picnic tables, a playground, and trees for shade.
This park doesn’t have any animals besides the dogs brought to the park and the coyotes the signs warn you about, but I don’t see a coyote.
They are probably around more at nighttime.
There aren’t many amenities, but the park provides the space you need to clear your head on a Sunday afternoon or a weekday evening.
If you’re intrigued by how Maxwell Park stacks up against other local parks, you can check out our 15 Best Parks in Anaheim (Ranked Best to Worst) post.
The Twilight Hours at Maxwell Park: A Different Atmosphere
Although I initially think Maxwell Park is great for families, passed a certain point in the evening I have a feeling the darker side of this park comes out.
There are about a half a dozen people who are just hanging out in their old cars.
There are homeless people sleeping in the grass.
Some of the people feel as though they are watching you.
However, none of these things bothers me much.
The park is pleasant despite the feeling that this area might get a little shadier at night.
An Invitation to Experience Maxwell Park: A Memorable Outdoor Adventure
If you are in the area, Maxwell Park is worth your time.
There’s nothing too special about it, but it has plenty of space to roam, play a sport, and enjoy a day with your family.
The most unique part of the park is the dog area.
It is a nice area with activities for the dogs, dog exercise equipment, and doggy bags for their excrement.
Out of all the parks I’ve been to in the area so far, Maxwell is the only one I have encountered with an extravagant dog park.
Usually, dog parks are their own properties but this time it shares the area with the rest of the park, the fields, the playground, the library, and more.
Are you in the area?
Come give this park a try.
It’s a nice way to spend an afternoon.
As far as the night goes, you will have to let me know!
Hello! My name is Ryan Beitler and I am a professional copywriter and blogger. I graduated with a degree in Literary Journalism, which basically means I double majored in English and Journalism. I also have a travel blog and am finishing my first novel.
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