Heading to Mayfair Park in Lakewood? It’s a really popular park with a TON of great features and facilities. Here’s what we think you should know before you go!
One of the first places I took my daughter once I started staying home with her was Mayfair Park in Lakewood. I’d heard there was lots for littler kids to do, and it seemed like a good place for us to celebrate my resignation from my full time gig.
She loved splashing in the wading pool, I loved the big, fully gated little kid playground. One of my sweetest memories took place here, realizing we would be spending long days together, just like this, every day from then on.
As time has gone by and my kids have grown, we find ourselves returning to Mayfair more and more, for a whole new set of reasons.
Read on to find out why we love Mayfair Park so much, for kids of all ages.
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Planning a Visit
Mayfair Park is located on the north central end of Lakewood, not far from the Lakewood Mall.
I often bribe my kids into running errands with the promise of hitting up Mayfair Park before we go home!
Here’s the address, for your GPS purposes: 5720 Clark Ave, Lakewood, CA 90712
What is Parking Like?
One of my favorite things about Mayfair Park is how dang EASY parking is. There is a huge lot located at the northeast corner.
There is also lots of street parking along Clark Ave and Fidler Ave, which aren’t particularly busy streets along these stretches.
What Facilities are at Mayfair Park?
This park is HUGE, with lots of amenities for families with kids of all ages:
- A gated little kid playground
- A tot lot community playgroup program
- A big kid playground
- Multiple basketball courts
- Multiple baseball fields
- Lots of green space
- A large sheltered picnic/party area
- A large community center with several rooms available to rent
- A community pool
- A wading pool
Is Mayfair Park gated?
The Big Kid park isn’t gated, but the Little Kid playground is gated. There are tons of features that make it unique.
There are several structures inside, as well as a little playhouse and train that are perfect for imaginative play.
The only thing worth noting- and it’s a big one!- is that there is a city-run Tot Lot program that uses this gated playground on weekday mornings. Some visitors are allowed, but on a very limited basis. You may be denied access during the week.
Is Mayfair Park on a busy street?
While Clark is busy in stretches, the area near Mayfair Park is pretty calm.
The playgrounds are also located across the street from Stephen Foster Elementary. There can be some traffic at school pickup and drop off times, but the rest of the time it’s a pretty sleepy street.
How are the bathrooms at Mayfair Park?
As with most parks in Lakewood, the bathrooms are very clean and well-maintained.
They are located a bit far from the playgrounds for my taste, near the community center. But there are two separate sets there, so you won’t have to wait.
The bathrooms are also near to the wading pool, so it makes sense. There is currently construction going on, and I’m hoping it includes a new set of restrooms!
Does Mayfair Park have sand?
If sand is not your thing, this park is not for you!
While there is rubber padding under the Big Kid structure, there is not way you’re getting out of this place without a shoe full of sand.
Is Mayfair Park accessible for kids of all abilities?
Unfortunately, the Little Kid playground is not accessible for kids with physical disabilities. Everything is accessed by ladder or stairs. The playhouse and train are on flat ground, but it is a short walk across sand.
The big kid playground is more accessible. There is a ramp to some accessible toys on the structure itself.
There are a few areas (like musical instruments, steering wheels, and a find and seek mission) that can be accessed by kids of all abilities.
Does Mayfair Park have shade?
While there are large trees in the green spaces, the play structures and wading pool at Mayfair are largely in the sun for most of the day.
How many swings are at Mayfair Park?
In the Big Kid playground, there are three “regular” swings, and one more accessible swing for kids with special needs (or just kids who want to change up their swing play!
There are also two tire swings that were in hot demand when we were there.
There are two infant seats available in the tot lot playground as well.
What is the best age range for Mayfair?
The Little Kid playground is PERFECT for kids 6 and under.
The wading pool is great for kids 9 and under. (note that according to the pool rules, it is for kids 7 and under). The sprayers and umbrella shower will keep older kids more interested than some of the other wading pools in Lakewood. (Click to read our full Mayfair Pool review)
The sports fields and green spaces work well for all ages, and the Big Kid playground is probably best for kids 12 and below.
The large community pool is perfect for people of all ages.
Is it a good place for a picnic?
There are several great picnic areas at Mayfair Park. First up, you can bring a blanket and set up under any of the giant, shady trees.
If Tot Lot is over for the day, you can also use the large and small picnic tables located inside the gated playground. My kids always loved eating at the “tiny tables.”
There are also plenty of picnic tables and shelters scattered throughout the park. There is a bank of tables near the Big Kid playground, so you can post up next to those.
There are also sweet little picnic spots near the to the wading pool/community pool, which makes it easy to enjoy a picnic before or after wading pool play. (Anyone else remember when it was a McDonald’s snack bar, with french fries and ice cream??)
Can you have parties at Mayfair Park?
City of Lakewood does issue permits for structures and facilities to residents, such as the picnic structures or community rooms. If they are not reserved, outside areas are available for use on a first come, first come basis.
As of this posting (check here for the latest information), you can hold casual parties with your own set up in the grassy areas, too. No bouncers, full tents, or food trucks, taco trucks, etc are allowed.
You also may not hold a party within a fenced in playground, so setting up shop inside the Little Kid Playground wouldn’t work. Instead, set up your party on the grassy area next to it.
Interested in using the pool for a party? Check out our post on the Mayfair Community Pool.
What do we love most about Mayfair Park?
Whem my kids were younger, they LOVED the gated Tot Lot playground at Mayfair Park.
They love the little train, and would spend lots of time playing pretend in the playhouse before enjoying a picnic lunch at the little tables.
Now that they’re older, I’ve realized how much there is to love about the Big Kid Playground, too. There’s lots of areas to climb, and a lot of ground to cover.
We’ve also spent lots of time at the pools at Mayfair, both the wading pool and the community pool. Read more about the Mayfair Park community pools in the companion to this post.
There’s so much to love about Mayfair Park in Lakewood. If it’s been a while since you’ve been, we think it’s worth giving it another visit. With the sports fields, playgrounds, and pools, it’s a place the whole family will love.