Your City. Your Civic Center. Your Voice.

Building Community, Building Opportunity.

The Lake Forest Civic Center Project is a multi-year effort focused on the design and construction of the new Civic Center. The 8-acre Lake Forest Civic Center will be located in the center of the community, south of Commercentre Drive at the end of Indian Ocean Drive, which will be officially renamed "Civic Center Drive" next year. This page will keep you updated on all the latest project news. We hope you find the resources on this page useful, and if you’re ever unable to find what you’re looking for, please send us an email or give us a call. We look forward to working with you!
Civic Center Planning Principles
  • Reflect Lake Forest. Emphasize the pastoral landscape, natural topography, and unique history that set Lake Forest apart from its neighbors. 
  • Be a destination. Develop the Civic Center complex as a destination through site location, architecture, and landscaping. 
  • Provide new amenities. Prioritize services at the Civic Center currently unavailable to the community. 
  • Accommodate multiple uses. Design the Civic Center buildings and amenities to accommodate multiple uses whenever possible.
Civic Center Groundbreaking

Civic Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

The new Civic Center is expected to break ground in mid-May, officially marking the beginning of construction. Community members are invited to a Civic Center groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 12. No RSVP required.The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. and be held at the future Civic Center site at the terminus of Indian Ocean Drive, at Commercentre Drive.

Amenities include: Community and Conference Center, Senior Center, Council Chambers, Performance Arts Hall, City Hall, Community Policing Center, Emergency Operations Center, Two-Level Parking Deck, Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations, and Connections to Serrano Creek Trail. 

Project Updates

The City opened bids for rough grading for the Civic Center Project earlier this month. After reviewing the bids, the City intends to recommend a construction contract award at the April 18 City Council meeting. Upon approval of the contract, rough grading will begin and is anticipated to be completed in August. Once the site is graded, contractors will install utilities followed by construction of the single level parking deck. Utilities are projected to be finished by the end of 2017 with the parking garage completed in early 2018. Construction of the four campus buildings (Community Center, Senior Center, Council Chambers/Performing Arts Venue, and City Hall/Community Policing) will begin after utility work is completed. The Civic Center is expected to open in late spring or early summer 2019. 

Construction Timeline

Phase Schedule
Phase 1 - Rough Grading May 2017 to August 2017
Phase 2 - Utilities and Civic Center Drive Street Improvements August 2017 to December 2017
Phase 3 - Parking Garage August 2017 to February 2018
Phase 4 - Campus Buildings December 2017 to May 2019
Phase 5 - Habitat Restoration October 2017 to December 2017

Time lapse video coming soon!

A Civic Center construction camera was recently installed overlooking the Civic Center campus site, which will live stream the grading and construction of the 9-acre campus. The image to the right shows a still image of the project site from the camera, taken on March 24 at 11:18 a.m. Once the public video stream is available, it will be replace the still image. 
Civic Center Time Lapse Video Still Image
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