Winter 2016

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Brad Gates, President
Dick Paulsen, V.P. 
and Treasurer
Tim Neely, Secretary
Mike Barth
Greg Dillion
Mike Evans
Matt Gaffney
Al King
Rhonda Kreger
Tom Ostensen
Paul St. Pierre
Harrison Taylor
Derek Ostensen, Conservation Consultant
Robert R. Redwitz, CPA


San Juan Capistrano
Open Space Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) 
non-profit private foundation 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.

Our City's Open Space Through Your Eyes
A few months ago, we asked our readers for photos showing how you enjoy the city's open space - and you responded! We have received dozens of photos taken by YOU - San Juan Capistrano residents and visitors - showcasing the fun activities and beautiful scenery that you experience in our open space. Here are just a few of the photos and messages that we have received:

Monique Rea
Photo: Monique Rea
"I am a resident of San Juan Capistrano for over 40 years and love the addition of Reata Park to our open space. Watching how the plants grow and attract more birds and butterflies is my passion. The hummingbird species are Allen's Hummingbirds." 
- Monique Rea

Christine Kramer
Photo: Christine Kramer

"I've been taking photos of Reata Park since it opened. Despite a terrible drought, it is an amazing and inspiring walk. I am so grateful to Mike Evans, who is the owner of Tree of Life, the native plant nursery out Ortega Highway. He designed and provided the plants for Reata Park!" 
Christine Kramer

Larry Kramer
Photo: Larry Kramer

"Reata Park in the morning today. Great place to walk, run, walk the dog, ride a bike or just enjoy all the beautiful native plants. Some in bloom even now." 
- Larry Kramer

Photo: Sandie Weaver
Our Southern California Icelandic Horse Group has had four trail rides from Reata Park. We keep coming back to Reata Park because the facilities are so nice. The turn-out, stalls, arena, and clean bathrooms are a plus, and there is nothing that beats San Juan Capistrano horse trails." Sandie Weaver

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Keep your photos and messages coming! The next time you are visiting Reata Park and Event Center, Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park, 2C Ranch, or Northwest Open Space, take a few pictures of yourself, friends, family, horses and/or dogs enjoying an activity. Or, if you'd prefer, take photos of the scenery or wildlife 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. 

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!

Remembering Sheldon Cohen
Sheldon Cohen
On December 15, 2015, San Juan Capistrano lost one of its most vital community members. Sheldon Cohen was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and friend. He was a distinguished attorney and 30-year resident of San Juan Capistrano who gave tirelessly to the community. Sheldon served on the city's Planning Commission since 1996, the Open Space Committee for several years, and various other committees. He was a founding San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation Board member and served as its first Treasurer.
In recognition of Sheldon's contributions to preserving open space on behalf of the public and the residents of San Jan Capistrano, his family suggests memorial donations in his name be made to the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation in lieu of flowers. For more information on making a tax-deductible memorial donation, please see the article below.

Honor a Loved One by Donating to the 
SJC Open Space Foundation
©Eddie Perlas/Epic Photos
A donation is a heartfelt way to memorialize or honor a special person in your life while supporting a cause that is meaningful and long lasting. Donations made to the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation in memory or in honor of a loved one will be used to support and fund open space improvements in public parks and recreational spaces in San Juan Capistrano for use and enjoyment by residents and visitors to San Juan Capistrano.
The honoree's family will receive an acknowledgment of your contribution and you will receive a separate letter documenting your donation for tax purposes. Please visit our website for more information on how to make a tax-deductible memorial donation.

Your Membership Makes a Difference!
©Eddie Perlas/Epic Photos
One of the best ways you can support your community is by becoming a member of the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation. Your membership donation has a direct and substantial impact on the success of our projects - and it's tax-deductible
The Open Space Foundation is a grassroots organization dedicated to making the city's open spaces accessible to all. It is completely run by volunteers so your donation goes directly toward installing open space improvements.  
There are many benefits to becoming an Open Space Foundation member: 
  • Subscription to the Open Space Foundation's quarterly e-Newsletter
  • Open Space Foundation decal
  • Advance notice of public events
  • Sponsor recognition in select Open Space Foundation publications
  • Knowing that you are doing something positive for your community!
Join or renew today! For more information and/or to register online, please visit our website