City Services and Recreational Activities
After School Program
During the academic year, elementary aged students enjoy fun and variety in the safe and supervised environment of the Brea Community Center. Arts & crafts, computers, sports, games, music, cooking and special themed weeks make for a busy place. There's even a study hall so kids can get started on homework before parents pick them up after work. Call (714) 990-7179.
The Brea Community Services Department offers a wide range of aquatics programs and activities during the summer months at the Brea Municipal Plunge including swim instruction for children and adults; aqua-aerobics; and recreational swimming. The Plunge is also available for private party rentals. Call (714) 990-7103.
Art in Public Places
The Art in Public Places program features a wide range of mediums, styles and approaches by local, national and internationally renowned artists. A self-guided tour brochure is available at the Community Services front counter or Brea Gallery. Please visit the arts section of this website for more complete information.
The City of Brea offers comprehensive sports programs for both youth and adults. Youth sports programs emphasize sportsmanship and skill development in a recreational environment. Programs are open to boys and girls of all ages and ability levels. Adult sports feature basketball, coed volleyball and slow pitch softball leagues. Call (714) 990-7103.
Brea Community Center
The Center, located at 695 E. Madison Way, offers many opportunities all under one roof including: Fitness Complex, Family Resource Center, "Teen Zone" (junior and high school students), KidWatch (baby-sitting), and Facility Rentals. Call (714) 990-7100 for further information and operating hours.
Brea sponsors many community events throughout the year, including:
- Spring Craft Boutique at the Brea Community Center (March)
- Country Fair, City Hall Park, 7:30 am - 4:30 p.m. (July 4)
- Concerts in the Park, City Hall Park, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Every Wednesday during July and August)
- Brea Fest, Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 7 - 10:30 p.m. (August)
- Nutcracker Craft Boutique at the Brea Community Center (November)
- Tree Lighting, Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 6:30 p.m. (December)
For information about community events, call 990-7124.
Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center is located in the beautiful Brea Community Center. Since 1996, the Center has worked with non-profit organizations to bring families the services they need. Programs such as counseling, tutoring, parent education, employment help, and health screenings are convenient and most are free. Programs and services include:
Affordable counseling is offered for families struggling with communication problems, depression, divorce and other issues. Call 871-5646 for an appointment.
- Parenting Education (ages infant-17 years)
A variety of free workshops to help parents raise healthy, well-adjusted and happy children are offered on many different topics. Regular meetings are also held for foster and adoptive parents.
- Health Referrals and Education
Important screenings for various health needs are conducted throughout each year as well as applications for the Healthy Families affordable insurance program. Partner organizations, such as the Orange County Alzheimer?s Association, provide case management services and offer periodic workshops on topics of concern. Once a year a free health fair is presented.
- Helping Hands Scholarships (up to 17 years)
Scholarships enable youth from low-income families to participate in City activities. Brea residency and low-income verification required. Funds are always limited and any donations are always most welcome to help sustain this program.
- Consumer Credit Counseling (Non-profit)
Helps families and individuals learn how to create a budget that really works; clean up credit records and establish good credit and much more. Private and confidential financial counseling sessions are available. Call (714) 547-2227.
- Information and Referral
The Family Resource Center connects families with low-cost and no-cost services including legal aid, medical referrals, housing issues and childcare. Call (714) 990-7150.
Fitness Center (at the Brea Community Center)
The Fitness Complex gets you fit, keeps you fit and fits your schedule. Pay as you go or purchase a convenient annual pass. One fee includes use of the following facilities:
- Gymnasium--Features two full-sized basketball courts with spectator seating for 300+; volleyball and mini-court soccer; drop-in play, available most times of the day; adult and youth sports leagues; and programs for seniors, adults, teens, youth and groups.
- Group Exercise Room--Offers specialized workouts for all ages and abilities. Classes include Indoor Cycling, BodyPump, Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, Tae Bo and more.
- Cardio/Weight Room--Offers the ultimate workout equipment in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Treadmills, steppers, upright and incline bicycles plus a full line of weight training/body building equipment and workout stations.
Shower and locker facilities are provided, and on-site baby-sitting is available. Call (714) 990-7100.
The Brea Gallery, located on the Plaza level of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, offers museum quality exhibits and an art-filled gift shop throughout the year. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays. Please call ahead for Saturday hours. Admission is $2 for adults and seniors. For current exhibit information, call (714) 990-7730. The Gallery is also available for rental.
Orange County Library, Brea Branch - The Brea Library offers an assortment of library-related materials and services including videos, books, tapes and compact discs. Special programs include pre-school story time, after school crafts and a summer reading club.
The Brea Library is located in the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle. The Library is open on Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12 - 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Library is closed on Sunday. Call 671-1722 or visit the County of Orange website at www.oc.ca.gov.
Parks and Recreation Facilities
Brea maintains 15 parks and recreation facilities within its boundaries providing varied leisure needs to the community. The Brea Community Services Department coordinates Park activities. For complete information on recreation programs and activities, see listings under "Brea Community Center," "Senior Center" and "Recreational Programs" or call (714) 990-7124.
- Arovista Park (14.84 acres; lighted)
500 West Imperial Hwy (Imperial Highway at Berry Street)
Features: Play areas, barbecues, picnic tables, restrooms, ball diamond, soccer fields, volleyball court, amphitheater, concession stand, football field and basketball courts.
- Brea Creek Municipal Golf Course (25.82 acres)
501 West Fir St., (714) 529-3003
Features: A popular nine-hole community golf course, complete with driving range. Rental electric and hand carts and clubs are available. Reservations for the course can be made up to one week in advance. Course hours are daily, from 6 a.m. to sunset.
- Brea Junior High School Park (13.06 acres; lighted)
400 N. Brea Blvd.
Features: Play areas, ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, volleyball, concession stand, football field and basketball courts.
- Brea Sports Park (26 acres)
3333 E. Birch Street, 714-854-0766
Features: Ball fields, walking trail, children's play area and picnic area. Field use is prioritized for Brea-based organizations through arrangements with the Community Services Department.
- Carbon Canyon Regional Park (131 acres)
Carbon Canyon Road (Lambert) at Valencia, 714-973-3160
(This is a County-maintained facility).
- City Hall Park (4.47 acres)
401 S. Brea Blvd.
Features: Olympic-size swimming pool (Brea Plunge), restrooms, barbecues, play areas, basketball courts and gazebo.
- Country Hills Park (6.21 acres; lighted)
180 N. Associated
Features: Restrooms, barbecues, play areas, picnic tables, ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, concession stand and football field.
- Greenbriar Park (3.5 acres)
Greenbriar & Associated Road
Features: Barbecues, play areas, picnic tables and restrooms.
- Founder's Park
Central & Berry
Features: Tot lot, climbing wall, basketball court, 2 tennis courts, picnic area and restrooms.
- Olinda Oil Museum and Trail (1.9 miles) 4025 Santa Fe Rd.
Carbon Canyon Road and Santa Fe
Features: Historic museum and Olinda hiking trail, working oil well drilled in 1898, outdoor displays, restrooms, parking lot and picnic area. For information, call 714-671-4447.
- Olinda Ranch Park
Carbon Canyon Road & Santa Fe
Features: Children's playground, basketball courts, day use sports fields, picnic area and restrooms.
- Tamarack Park (5.6 acres; lighted)
520 N. Tamarack
Features: Restrooms, barbecues, play areas, ball diamond, soccer fields, concession stand, football field and basketball courts.
- Ted Craig Regional Park (129 acres)
3300 State College, Fullerton 714-990-0271
(This is a County-maintained facility).
Features: Restrooms, barbecues, play areas, picnic tables, ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, volleyball, racquetball courts, amphitheater, concession stand, bicycle trails, football field, basketball courts and fishing.
- Tri-City Park (40 acres)
Kraemer at Golden, 714-993-8232
Maintained by the cities of Brea, Fullerton and Placentia.
Features: Restrooms, barbecues, play areas, picnic tables, bicycle trails, lake and fishing.
- Woodcrest Park (.5 acres)
Woodcrest Avenue east of Puente
Features: Barbecues play areas and picnic tables
Brea has an outstanding police department with highly-trained personnel, state of the art technology, and special services such as canine units, a bicycle patrol and a Community Action Patrol. The City also provides police service to the City of Yorba Linda on a contract basis. The Brea Fire Department has excellent firefighting and paramedic capabilities. The Basic Fire Insurance rating for the City is 3.
Recreational Programs (City Sponsored)
Programs and services include adult and youth excursions; adult and youth sports leagues; summer aquatics; park and ball field reservations; recreation classes; Tiny Tots and summer day camp. See listing under "Brea Community Center." Call (714) 990-7100.
The Brea Senior Center, located at 500 S. Sievers, seeks to meet the social, recreational and service needs of Brea's senior population. Comprehensive and meaningful services are provided including a lunch program Monday - Friday; homemaker services; social services; recreational and educational activities; and health counseling. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information or to receive a monthly calendar of events, call (714) 990-7750.
Located in the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, the 199-seat Curtis Theatre offers a variety of entertainment opportunities including fully-staged productions for citizens of all ages and interests. The theater is also available to rent for special performances and meetings. Call the Box Office at (714) 990-7722.
Children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old have an early educational opportunity to play, socialize and learn through crafts, games, music and imagination. Call (714) 990-7631.
The Volunteens Program gives teenagers work experience during the summer months, while challenging them to become involved in their community. Volunteens receive a stipend based on the number of hours served. In lieu of a stipend, teens may elect to count their volunteer hours toward the Mayor's Youth Community Service Award Program. Call (714) 990-7151 for more information.
The City of Brea loves volunteers! Each City department has special volunteer needs, both ongoing and seasonal. The Community Services Department in particular utilizes volunteers year-round to assist with special events, programs and activities. Please call (714) 990-7175 for more information. You will reach an automated system giving you specific information about the different opportunities available.
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