Veterans Park Improvement Project (Formerly Village Pond Park)

Veterans Park Finished
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Park Re-dedication Set for Tuesday, November 20

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Veterans Park is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20 at the front entrance off Ridge Route Drive.  

The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and light refreshments. The public is welcome at the grand opening event and enjoy the redesigned park, which features meandering sidewalks, an updated lake shore, a butterfly garden and a veterans monument to honor members of each branch of the armed forces.

Those who attend may notice reflective devices that the City deployed at various locations to discourage waterfowl from nesting.   These devices do not harm the birds in any way but prevent the waterfowl from becoming too comfortable. The City has enlisted the help of experts and is following advice from the Humane Society to discourage waterfowl from taking up residence at Veterans Park.

The City of Lake Forest Wildlife Ordinance prohibits the feeding of animals at the facility. This ordinance not only discourages nesting but also acts to prevent the animals from ingesting potentially harmful foods. The park is patrolled and violators of the ordinance are subject to a $100 fine. Additionally, the City installed a camera system to discourage vandalism and identify individuals who feed the animals in violation of the City’s Wildlife Ordinance.

Real-time video from the park will available on the City's website later this month so viewers can enjoy - and watch over - the park from any Internet-connected device.

Veterans Park was known as Village Pond Park when the City began more than a year of redesigning, draining and installing.

Construction crews reshaped the pond, reinforced the wire mesh and poured 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 does the new and improved park feature the 1-acre pond but it also proudly honors 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.

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. 

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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