Florence Joyner Olympiad Park is a 22-acre park dedicated to Florence Griffith Joyner, the Olympic Gold Medalist who made her home in Mission Viejo, California.
The park features a bronze statue of “Flo-Jo” winning the 100-meter race at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Especially pleasant are the Olympic Gardens – a place to relax, unwind, and walk among the gardens that have been designed with an International flair. The first garden has a large wood shelter and a playful tulip fence incorporating the Olympic Rings. After crossing over a wooden bridge, a side path leads to a second garden with a brass and bronze sundial. The third area is a community rose garden complete with the perfect “Olympiad” red rose. The fourth setting is the aromatic herb garden with a Moorish stone urn, accompanied by traditional lemon and orange citrus trees. The final area is a walled, outdoor garden room which includes a stone water wall. In addition, there are benches, chairs and tables – ideal for close conversation, napping, or reading the paper.
Other amenities include a baseball field, two soccer/football fields, two playgrounds, a picnic structure, and barbecues.