OCLB - Urban Walk in Anaheim

  • Sun, September 08, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Pearson Park, 400 N. Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
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  • Pearson Park
    400 N. Harbor Boulevard
    Anaheim, CA


Great Outdoors Orange County/Long Beach Chapter


An Urban Walk in Anaheim

Date Sunday, September 8, starting at 10:00 AM

Contact: Frederick Brown E-mail: fredincal346@gmail.com Phone: 562-754-1838

This walk is in non-Disneyland area of the city where the Packing District reveals the city’s history of citrus groves. The citrus groves among other things attracted people from the East to move to sunny southern California.

The walk will be in an area with several places on the National Register of Historic Places. The walk is three miles and is rated easy. This is a dog friendly trip. Street parking is free. Bathrooms are available at the trailhead. Businesses along the walk also have bathrooms (you might want to tip at one of these however.


We will start at Pearson Park, 400 N. Harbor Boulevard Anaheim, CA 92805 with parking in designated spaces. Our meeting point will be the entrance to the park on Harbor Boulevard halfway between West Cypress Street and West Sycamore Street. Click here for a map.

In the park is a duck pond, a rose garden surrounded with 150 year anniversary bricks and a cactus garden. Some statues also grace the park.

Leaving the park, we will turn right on N. Lemon Street, then we will turn left on Lincoln Avenue, right on N. Anaheim Boulevard and left on E. Center Street. Here the area sports several Craftsman, California Bungalow, as well as some Victorian homes.

At the end of Center Street is the old Union Pacific Railway Station. From here countless crates of fruit began their journey across the United States.

Next, when turning right on S. Atchison Street, notice the tracks that brought the citrus to the UP train station. Passing Citrus Park, we will turn left on E. Broadway, left on Olive Street and right on E. Santa Ana Street. At the corner of S. Anaheim Boulevard, we will find the original Packing House in the Anaheim Packing district. Entering the Packing House, we will find former loading docks now converted into restaurant patios. The inside is bright and open which sports a food court. The building is a good example of keeping an old structure and preserving its history.

Leaving the Packing House, we will continue north on Anaheim and turn left on W. Center Street Promenade.Here we will find restaurants, shops and street art. The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in a 1908 Classical Revival structure used to be the Carnegie Library.

Reaching S. Clementine Street, we will turn left until the corner of W. Elm Street. Here we will find Little People’s Park, the site of a clash with police in 1978. Proceeding left on Elm Street, Emigdio Vaquez painted a 300 foot mural commemorating the event. Ending the walk, we will backtrack on Elm to the corner of Harbor Boulevard and return to Pearson Park.

Several lunch are available in the area for those who wish to partake. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a liter of water, sunscreen and a wide brim hat.

Contact: Frederick Brown E-mail: fredincal346@gmail.com Phone: 562-754-1838

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