City of Newport Beach

Big Canyon Nature Park

Big Canyon Nature Park

The mission of the City of Newport Beach is:

“To protect Newport Beach’s unique quality of life for the full enjoyment of its residents, visitors and business owners and to direct the efficient and effective delivery of municipal services.”

The City is responsible for managing the roughly 50 acres of Big Canyon Nature Park between the Big Canyon freshwater pond and Jamboree Road, as well as various other open space areas such as Newport Valley. The city has jurisdiction over public safety, enforcement and maintenance of Back Bay Drive.

The City is also a major funding partner in the Back Bay Science Center and is responsible for facility maintenance. This 13,000 square foot state-of-the-art teaching and research facility was built through a partnership of the California Department of Fish and Game, the City of Newport Beach, the Orange County Health Care Agency, and the University of California Irvine.

Various city departments are involved in providing the various services for which it is responsible. These points of contact are the most relevant to the public:

All Emergencies – 911
Animal Control – (949) 644-3717
Water Quality Concerns – (949) 644-3215