Winter 2017

Happy holidays from the SJC Open Space Foundation!

During this season of family, friends and good cheer, it is a perfect time to reflect on all we have to be grateful for. The beautiful open space in San Juan Capistrano is one of our community's treasures that we can all appreciate. Thank you for your support in helping us preserve, protect and maintain our open space this past year. Looking forward to continuing our mission in 2018 and beyond!
© Eddie Perlas/Epic Photos

Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park Celebrates Four Years of Tail Wagging Fun!

In 2013, the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park opened its doors to the delight of residents and visitors. Thanks to a generous donation from Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort and contributions from the community, SJC Open Space Foundation volunteers were able to turn this formerly unusable space into a usable and accessible area in the city's open space. The park features play areas for large and small dogs, a shade structure, doggie drinking fountains, and benches. Check out our dog park Photo Gallery to see how SJC Open Space volunteers brought this park from dream to reality.
 
Since opening four years ago, hundreds of dogs and their two-legged companions have come to play at the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park. The park is located at 30291 Camino Capistrano and is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to dusk, except Wednesdays when it is open from 12:00 p.m. to dusk.
© Eddie Perlas/Epic Photos

Memorial Donation Policy Approved by City
 
Memorial donations offer a visible and long-lasting tribute to those who have passed away. A bench in a favorite park, a tree planted in an open space area, or a commemorative plaque are just a few examples of the ways in which families and friends have created lasting and beautiful memorials for loved ones.
 
Up until this year, San Juan Capistrano did not have an official policy on how to handle requests for memorial donations on city property. SJC Open Space Foundation board members brought this need to the attention of the city. After several months of work, a policy was drafted that streamlined the memorial donation process and ensured consistency of the equipment installed on city property, including parks, trails and open space areas. The city council approved the new policy at their September board meeting and memorial donation applications are now available to the public. Amenity options include benches, picnic tables, box trees, and bronze plaques.
 
For more information on making a memorial amenity donation, please contact Dori Budde, City of San Juan Capistrano Community Services Director, at (949) 443-6395.

Fall Fest Entertains Large Crowd at Reata Park
 
It's hard to resist good food, music, and outdoor activities at a beautiful location like Reata Park and Event Center. Just ask the 1,200 people who came out to enjoy the inaugural Fall Fest on October 14th, an event sponsored by Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens. The full program included speakers, exhibitors, and children's activities. Several food trucks and live entertainment rounded out the fun afternoon for festival guests.
 
Goin Native has regularly used the award-winning Reata Park for its programs and events. "Since 2014, our nonprofit has been at Reata Park offering free environmental educational classes to the community and supporting awareness of landscape sustainability using native plants with low water use," said Marianne Taylor, executive director of Goin Native. "I chose Reata Park because I wanted to showcase the park's potential and what it can offer to the community and to the City of San Juan Capistrano for large events."
 
Looking for a great location for your next event? Space at Reata Park is available to rent for anything from small gatherings to large events. If you would like to schedule your next event at Reata Park, please contact City of San Juan Capistrano Recreation Coordinator Gil Leon at (949) 443-6393.
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