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Bringing Canned Food for the Hungry Will Get You Free Parking at OC Regional Parks This Weekend

Photo by David Lockeretz of Nobody Hikes in L.A.
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By David Lockeretz of Nobody Hikes in L.A. / Special to LAist

Fresh air, exercise and recreation...all for a good cause: on Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 4pm, Orange County's parks are giving free parking to anyone who brings a can of food. Donations will be given to the Second Harvest food bank of Orange County.

These are the parks that are participating in the food drive:

Carbon Canyon Regional Park (Brea; also includes access to Chino Hills State Park)
Caspers Wilderness Park (San Juan Capistrano)
Clark Regional Park (Buena Park)
Craig Regional Park (Fullerton)
Irvine Regional Park (Also includes the Orange County Zoo)
Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Mason Regional Park (Irvine)
Mile Square Regional Park (Fountain Valley)
O'Neill Regional Park (Trabuco Canyon)
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Yorba Regional Park

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This is a great opportunity for Orange County residents to get out and explore some of the natural areas just beyond the suburbs. Non-O.C. natives might also take this chance to come down and get a look at the huge variety of scenery in these parks, from the interesting geology of Caspers to the grove of redwoods in Carbon Canyon to O'Neill's Ocean Vista Point. Orange County's parks are important natural resources, and this weekend's food drive is a chance for people to enjoy them, all the while helping those in need this holiday season.