Reata Park and Event Center
Reata Road and Ortega Highway

Justin Thomas Ostensen 2014

What was once a weed-infested dirt lot at the corner of Ortega Highway and Reata Road has been transformed into the beautiful Reata Park and Event Center. This 18-acre public open space area is located in the eastern section of town and is the last piece of the city’s 132-acre open space purchase that also includes the adjacent RMV Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano. The Open Space Foundation, with approval from the city, developed a plan for the area that would preserve its rustic beauty while also making it accessible for all. After more than 7,000 hours donated by Foundation volunteers and an outpouring of contributions from the community, Reata Park opened to the public in May 2014.

The thoughtful design of the park is evident as tree-lined walkways, scenic event spaces, and native plant landscaping flow seamlessly through the area. The native plant garden is one of the largest and most extensive in California, and requires minimal water and maintenance. To preserve a slice of the city’s history, the nearly 100-year-old structure located on the property has been carefully restored and now serves as the park’s new Welcome Center. Reata Park is a perfect destination for a stroll or picnic, as well as for large events such as weddings, family reunions, and corporate retreats.

Visit our Photo Gallery to see pictures of the improvements and the grand opening celebration.