Summer 2012

SJCOSF Raises over
$1 Million for Reata Park & Event Center (formerly Lemon Grove)

2C Ranch Open for Public Use

City Approves Design Plans for Dog Park

Community Supporter Spotlight - Printing OC

Become a 2012 Member


Our special thanks goes to the 50 volunteers who donated their time and/or equipment to work on the 5 acres at NWOS and 2C Ranch. Your contributions are invaluable and much appreciated! 


Local veterinarians are leading the fundraising effort for the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park. Sponsorships range from naming opportunities to general fund contributions. Read this issue's article on the Dog Park or visit the Foundation's website for more information on how you can contribute.


Brad Gates, President
Dick Paulsen, V.P.
Virginia Kerr, Treasurer
Mike Barth
Greg Dillion
Mike Evans
Matt Gaffney
Al King
Tim Neely
Mark Nielsen
Tom Ostensen


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.

SJCOSF Raises Over $1 Million for Reata Park & Event Center Open Space Improvements

As of June 5th, the city council approved the conceptual design plan for another piece of San Juan Capistrano's open space. The San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation has raised over $1 million in donations to improve Reata Park & Event Center (formerly known as The Lemon Grove), a public open space located in the eastern part of town. The 18.4-acre site is on the south side of Ortega Highway, just west of the bridge that crosses San Juan Creek at the intersection of Reata and Ortega. Foundation volunteers have been collecting donations of labor, materials and cash to turn this currently unusable open space into an accessible area for residents and visitors to enjoy.  

Green shed
Run-down structures will be refurbished as part of the Foundation's design plan


The money raised will allow the Foundation (with the city's approval) to  begin transforming existing structures into a welcome center, history center, and a presentation venue. Shade structures will remain and restrooms and parking will be added. The goal of this plan is to provide areas for outdoor gatherings, group events, access to multi-use trails, and an equestrian staging area. All healthy and viable trees and plants will be protected and some will be included in the proposed Heritage Garden, as well as in a walking area that will include signage and a native garden with indigenous plants. In addition, the city is currently establishing a citrus orchard along the northern boundary of the site.  


Construction is anticipated to begin in July and volunteers are needed to build fencing and demolish the old buildings currently on site. Volunteering is fun and great exercise so please check out our website for updates and to volunteer! 


2C Ranch Open for Public Use
Equestrians enjoying the
new amenities at 2C Ranch

After months of work by Foundation volunteers, 2C Ranch is ready for public use. It is clear that this will be a very popular destination - our volunteers are already seeing residents using the park every day! This 109-acre site, purchased by the city in 2009, was in total disrepair with no amenities to attract visitors. Foundation volunteers have installed numerous improvements - such as split rail fencing, picnic tables, a watering trough, a hitching post, and a monument sign - transforming this underused site into one that is usable and accessible to all.


2C Ranch is located in the city's northwest open space, at the end of Oso Road on the west side of Oso Creek. The Foundation has requested that the city consider repairing a path across the creek off Oso Road, known as the Arizona Crossing, to establish a better entrance to the site.

City Approves Design Plans for Dog Park
Final design plans for the
Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park

In March, the city council approved final design plans for the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park, allowing Foundation volunteers to move forward with improvements to the 2-acre site. The dog park is named after beloved local veterinarian Dr. Joe Cortese, a passionate and proactive leader of veterinary medicine who made a lasting impact on all he encountered. Dr. Cortese's genuine caring for people and animals continues to live on in the first dedicated dog park in San Juan Capistrano.


A contribution of $40,000 from the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.) will enable Foundation volunteers to move forward and make this another usable and valuable addition to San Juan Capistrano's open space in the near future. It will feature play areas for large and small dogs, as well as picnic tables, benches and an access ramp for the disabled. The park is located in the city's northwest open space by the Christmas Tree Farm on Camino Capistrano. 


The city has agreed to waive development and permitting fees for the project, cover the cost of environmental review and manage ongoing maintenance of the property. Completion of the dog park is anticipated in early 2013. Please check the Foundation's website for updates.


GET INVOLVED TODAY! Become a permanent part of the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park and have your name and your dog's name etched on a name plate ($200), have your name etched on the stone memorial ($2,000), and/or make a designated contribution to the project's general fund. Please visit the Foundation's website to make a contribution and/or for more information. 


Community Supporter Spotlight - Printing OC
Marc Sorgatz
Marc Sorgatz 
Who is the printer behind the beautiful materials created for the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation? Answer: Marc Sorgatz, president of Printing OC in San Juan Capistrano.

Printing OC is a local, family-run business opened by Marc's father in 1989. The company specializes in graphic design, color copies, direct mail services, digital and offset printing. As we have learned firsthand, they pride themselves on customer service and make sure that every project, large or small, is done right.

The Foundation thanks Marc for his help with our graphic and printing needs!

Become a 2012 Member
Your membership helps make our open spaces accessible to all
Haven't joined or renewed your membership for 2012? The Foundation depends on your financial and physical support to get these properties that belong to everyone in San Juan Capistrano ready for use.


Foundation memberships and fundraising activities help fund these improvements. One hundred percent of your tax deductible contribution goes directly to materials for open space improvements. Become a member by visiting the Foundation's website and make a difference in your community!