Florence Joyner Olympiad Park

Mission Viejo, CA


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.

Key Elements

  • 5 Different Garden Settings
  • International Flair
  • Olympic Dedication Plaza
  • Stone Water Wall
  • Active Play Areas
  • Received an Award of Excellence in 2000 from the California Park and Recreation Society for Best-designed and Best-planned New Park Facility in the State