Veterans Park Improvement Project (Formerly Village Pond Park)

Park Re-dedication Set for Fall 2018

Veterans Park (formerly known as Village Pond Park) is nearly complete and almost ready to reopen for the public after more than a year of redesigning, draining and installing.

Construction crews have been busy reshaping the pond, reinforcing the wire mesh and pouring concrete to create the pond. This concrete pond bottom is coupled with a new liner as well as an aeration system to improve water quality and safety.

Not only will the new and improved park feature the 1-acre pond but it will also proudly honor the five branches of military service with a new monument –living up to the park’s new name. The design artwork and renderings can be seen below.

This project is the first major improvement at the park in the last 40 years. The City will hold a grand opening and re-dedication for the 4.7-acre Veterans Park this Fall.

For more details on the project timeline, click here.

Construction Camera

Background


Village Pond Park is at 23102 Ridge Route Drive. The 4.7-acre park includes a pond approximately one acre in size. Village Pond Park is unique, in that the park is maintained by the City, and the Lake Forest Community Homeowner's Association (Association) is responsible for pond maintenance based on a 1976 agreement originally between the Association and the County of Orange. In 1991, the City became the successor to the County.
Overpopulation and public feeding of waterfowl has contributed to water quality issues of the pond and has complicated maintenance and the public's enjoyment of the park. Over the past few years, the City has continued to work with the Association on water quality matters, adopted a Wildlife Ordinance prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl, and launched educational outreach efforts. In addition, the City and landscape architect, Nuvis, have held numerous community workshops to gather input regarding potential park improvements. Based on community input, a Final Design is available for viewing, and incorporates best practices and proposed features designed to discourage the overpopulation of waterfowl. 

Click to enlarge image

Village Pond Park Final Design
The new features include:
  • Entry plazas
  • Low fences to control waterfowl access
  • Additional trees
  • Reduced amount of turf
  • Use plants not favored by waterfowl
  • Creation of a floating island and addition of fountains to disrupt flight patterns.
  • Boulders and large shrubs around the pond to discourage nesting
  • Construct an irrigation system to improve water circulation and quality.

For More Information

Click on the following links if you are interested in reading past project eNewsletters or follow the project's progression in more detail:

Community Newsletters
Project News

Timeline