Fall 2016

Autumn is a wonderful time to explore our open space. With cooler days, residents and visitors can enjoy many outdoor activities and events surrounded by the beauty of San Juan Capistrano's natural landscape.

In this issue, you will learn about a new trail connection coming to the city and a free family fall festival taking place this month at Reata Park and Event Center. Do you have thoughts to share on how we can make our open space even more accessible and usable? Your input is invaluable as we consider new projects and priorities for the upcoming year. Please read the article below and send us your feedback. We look forward to hearing from you!
Outdoor enthusiasts will have a 
new trail to explore next year
© Eddie Perlas/Epic Photos
New Trail Connection Coming to San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano trail users will soon have a new connection to county trails adjacent to our city's eastern open space. The San Juan Capistrano City Council recently approved the funding and construction of an equestrian/multi-use trail alignment that will connect the city's trail system from San Juan Creek Road to Ortega Highway, where it will join the county's trail system that runs through the hills east of the city. 

The new trail, which will run along the south side of San Juan Creek, also offers improved connectivity to the Arizona Crossing and Reata Park and Event Center. It will be separated by portable fence barriers for increased safety, flexibility, and easier trail maintenance. Construction on the new trail is estimated to begin in February 2017 and is targeted for completion by June 2017.

Free Family Fall Festival at Reata Park and Event Center

Mark your calendars - a FREE family fall fest is coming to Reata Park and Event Center on Saturday, October 22nd! From 9:00 am to noon, Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens is hosting "Get to Know Reata," a fun morning filled with garden workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and activities for the kids. Bring a canned food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of OC and receive a pumpkin to decorate (while supplies last). For more information on the morning's activities, please visit www.goinnative.net or call (949) 606-6386.

From noon to 5:00 pm, join the SJC Fiesta Association for the "Farewell to the Swallows BBQ." Food and drinks will be available to purchase, and there will be free live entertainment, children's activities and much more offered all afternoon. For more information, please contact the SJC Fiesta Association at (949) 493-1976.
We Want to Hear From You!

The San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation would like your feedback on how you use our city's open space and what improvements you would like to see in the future. Please take a moment to review the following questions and send us your thoughts by clicking on the "Email Us" button below. Your input will be considered as the Foundation reviews new projects for the upcoming year:

1.    How often do you visit San Juan Capistrano's open space?
2.    Which of San Juan Capistrano's parks do you use the most?
3.    Is there anything that you think is missing from the city's parks?

Thank you in advance for your feedback and support!
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