Fall 2015
Reata Park and Event Center has several areas available to rent for small or large groups. Weddings, weekly church groups, and local nonprofit events are just a few of the activities that have been taking place at this beautiful location. 

For more information on hosting an event at Reata Park, please contact the city's Community Services Coordinator Gil Leon at (949) 443-6393.  


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San Juan Capistrano
Open Space Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation that was established in
January 2009.

Our mission is to acquire and promote the preservation, restoration, expansion, improvement and public use of open space within the City of San Juan Capistrano to enrich the quality of life for area residents.

Looking to the Future of our Open Space
The San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation (SJCOSF) Board of Directors is always looking for opportunities to improve our open space and make it more accessible to residents and visitors. This can mean creating or restoring trails, adding amenities such as restrooms, or improving existing amenities to make them more functional for public use. Below are just a few possible projects that are being discussed by the SJCOSF Board:

Northwest Open Space 
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Northwest Open Space (NWOS) -
Over the past few years, there have been discussions with the city regarding expansion of the NWOS Staging Area. Some of the improvements include adding restrooms and improving the trail that runs from the Shea Center to the NWOS, which would allow a safe passageway for those coming to this area on horseback, bicycle, or foot. Both of these improvements would make the NWOS even more accessible and enjoyable for the public.

Reata Park and Event Center - As Reata Park has become an increasingly popular destination, additional improvements could be made to better accommodate the growing number of
Reata Park and Event Center
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The SCJOSF Board has discussed possible improvements to the "Limo Barn," a large metal structure on the property that may be rented out for group events. New amenities under consideration include adding a kitchen, restrooms, and a trellised patio in the back to increase the event space. In addition, SJCOSF may assist with adding a new trail that would run along Reata Park on the south side of San Juan Creek, along the Arizona Crossing, and connect to the existing trail system covering 1,000 acres of open space in the southwest hills.

SJCOSF volunteers
work on improvements
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To accomplish these and any other improvements, the city must first give approval and then the SJCOSF may begin fundraising and enlisting a team of volunteers to make these projects a reality. After making our open space areas accessible to the public, the SJCOSF donates the improvements to the city, thereby saving San Juan Capistrano taxpayers millions of dollars.

Do you have suggestions for open space improvements that you would like to see in San Juan Capistrano? If so, please send us an email with your ideas. Working together, we will continue to preserve, protect, and improve our open space for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

How do YOU Enjoy the City's Open Space?
Calling all San Juan Capistrano open space enthusiasts! Do you love to take your dog to the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park? Hike through the Northwest Open Space? Bike through Reata Park and Event Center? Saddle up at the 2C Ranch Staging Area? If so, we want to hear from you!

women_selfie.jpg The next time you are visiting one of these areas, take a few photos of yourself, friends, family, and/or dogs enjoying an activity in our city's open space. Or, if you'd prefer, take photos of the beautiful scenery you encounter on your visit. Email us 1-3 photos along with your name, the city you live in, and a brief message describing your activity that day. By sending us your photos, you are giving us permission to use them, your name, and message on SJCOSF online and print publications, so keep your eye out. You may see them on our Facebook page and/or a future newsletter!

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Free Smart Gardening Classes at Reata Park
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Epic Photos
Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens and the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County have once again teamed up to bring a
free series of smart gardening classes to the community. 

The classes, offered from 9:30-11:00 am on select Saturdays this fall, will cover topics ranging from fall edibles to creating your own native plant garden. The classes will be held at Reata Park and Event Center at 28632 Ortega Highway. Visit Goin Native's website for more information and to view the full class schedule. 

Each class at Reata Park will be followed by an interpretive California native plant walk and talk at 11:00 am. The final class in the series will be held at the Goin Native headquarters in the historic Los Rios District. To RSVP, please email anna@goinnative.net or call (949) 606-6386.