Orange County has several parks and playgrounds.
CLAIBORNE WEST PARK
Claiborne West Park is located at 4105 North St., Vidor, Texas 77662 along Interstate 10 between Vidor and FM 1442. Owned by Orange County, the park offers a multitude of activities for free. Even reserving one of the covered pavilions only requires a small deposit that is returnable if the area is left clean and undamaged. Many people leave the $10 deposit with the park as a donation.
Besides the hiking trails, playground and pavilions, the park also has facilities for softball, basketball, tennis , beach volleyball and discus golf. Of course you have to bring your own balls and Frisbees. Dogs are allowed in the park, but must be on a leash at all times.
Fishing is also allowed at the park, but you must have a fishing license. Twice a year in the cool months, the park has a trout release in the park to up the number of fish in the pond. It has been a very popular program and many can be seen trying their luck after the release.
Camping is also permitted at a cost of $3 per tent, per day in certain areas of the park. There is a limit to the number of days you can stay. Campsites are primitive. Reservation are suggested, but not required. Fires are permitted in fire rings except when a burn ban is in place.
For current hours of operation or more information on Claiborne West Park or any of the other facilities under the direction of the Orange County Parks Department call 409-745-2255.
RAYMOND GOULD COMMUNITY CENTER AND PARK
The Raymond Gould Community Center is a small event location at 385 Claiborne St, in Vidor that is run by the Orange County Parks and Recreation Department. The Community Center can be reserved for $60 and if all the rules are followed and the center left clean, the $60 is returned. The center holds about 90 people. To rent call Orange County Parks Department at 409-745-2255.
The park behind the center is a walking trail, no playground.
LIONS DEN PARK
Lions Den Park in Orange is located at 1802 Main St. and is the site of the Lions Club Carnival held each year at the end of summer for two weekends. It also hosts a year round playground with a castle that kids can climb, hide and play in.
Years ago, the park also was the site of a city pool where many area kids learned to swim with lessons from the Red Cross.