Village Pond Park is located 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. These features are listed below.
Low fences to control waterfowl access
Reduced turf amount
Plant species not favored by waterfowl
Create a floating island
Add geyser fountains
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December 20, 2016 - Reject All Bids: The City received six construction bids, however, discovered potential errors in four of the six bids. Therefore, Council rejected all bids at staff's recommendation and directed staff to re-bid the project. With this action, staff expects to return to the City Council for award of a construction contract in late Spring.
December 6, 2016 - Preliminary Bid Results: Preliminary bids results are available for viewing. Select the Plans and Documents link to be redirected.
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