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Les Prince Park is located on Trinidad Island in Huntington Harbour. It includes a greenbelt, a bench to sit and watch boats go by on the bay and a cement walkway perfect for a stroll.

Les Prince Park
Venture Drive at Typhoon Lane
Huntington Beach, California 92649

Prince Park is not widely publicized. It doesn't even appear on Yahoo maps; it is fairly small and the parking is limited. The park includes a beautiful greenbelt and large cement bench overlooking Huntington Harbour, the perfect spot to sit and eat a sack lunch, drink your Starbucks or just watch the boats go by.  This hidden neighborhood gem on Trinidad Island provides spectacular views of the channels and manmade islands of Huntington Harbour. It's not suited for groups and picnics and doesn't offer restroom facilities.

There is a beautiful park on Trinidad Island that features public restrooms, a small beach, children's playground and huge shade trees. Eugene B. French Park is a half-acre public park located at Aquarius Drive and Trinidad Lane. During the summer and warm winter weekend days you will see lots of parents with their children at this park.

About Prince Park's namesake Officer Leslie J. Prince, Huntington Beach Police Department 

At the time of his death, Leslie James Prince was a four-year veteran with this Department. He served as a uniformed patrol officer from 1970 until his death in 1974. He died at age 26, in the line of duty, after having been struck by a vehicle driven by a 26 year old male who was subsequently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter.

Officer Prince and his partner were assigned to assist a traffic officer in traffic control at the intersection of Beach and Adams. There had been a power failure which caused the traffic signals at the intersection to malfunction. The intersection was dark as a result of a lack of illumination attributed to the power failure.

Shortly after his arrival, officer Prince took up a position in the intersection to direct traffic. Other officers were deployed at the intersection as well and the situation was well controlled.

After only a short period of time, Officer Prince was struck by a speeding pick-up truck which had entered the Intersection against the direction of another officer. Officer Prince was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle, carried for a distance and rolled into the street when the vehicle came to rest. Officer Prince was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to Huntington Intercommunity Hospital. He sustained two broken legs, broken ribs, head injuries and other internal injuries.

Officer Prince was survived by his wife Linda, and infant child, along with his parents Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Prince, and a brother and sister.

The Huntington Beach City Council and Recreation and Parks Commission memorialized the death of Officer Prince with the dedication of Les Prince Park on April 6, 1979.


Huntington Beach Parks

The City of Huntington Beach (California) is the caretaker and steward of the Huntington Beach public park system. Two departments involved with Huntington Beach parks are the Community Services Department and Park Maintenance. Park Maintenance is responsible for maintaining approximately 67 parks and public facilities, totaling 598 acres, 169 playground apparatus and irrigation systems. 

Park Maintenance is also an integral component in special events in the City, closely working with Community Services to set up for events and activities that take place on or near park facilities. Community Services not only handles the rental of the park facilities but also operates programs for the public that include softball leagues, exercise classes, cooking, dancing and other types of interesting and fun things to do. For more information on park maintenance call (714) 536-5480.  For information on park facilities or to make a reservation call Community Services at (714) 536-5486 or the phone numbers provided on the featured parks pages.

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