Village Pond Park Improvement Project

Background


Village Pond Park is located at 23102 Ridge Route Drive. The 4.7-acre park includes a pond approximately one acre in size. Village Pond Park is unique, in that the park is maintained by the City, and the Lake Forest Community Homeowner's Association (Association) is responsible for pond maintenance based on a 1976 agreement originally between the Association and the County of Orange. In 1991, the City became the successor to the County.
Overpopulation and public feeding of waterfowl has contributed to water quality issues of the pond and has complicated maintenance and the public's enjoyment of the park. Over the past few years, the City has continued to work with the Association on water quality matters, adopted a Wildlife Ordinance prohibiting the feeding of waterfowl, and launched educational outreach efforts. In addition, the City and landscape architect, Nuvis, have held numerous community workshops to gather input regarding potential park improvements. Based on community input, a Final Design is available for viewing, and incorporates best practices and proposed features designed to discourage the overpopulation of waterfowl. These features are listed below.

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Village Pond Park Final Design
  • Entry plazas
  • Low fences to control waterfowl access
  • Additional trees
  • Reduced turf amount
  • Plant species not favored by waterfowl
  • Create a floating island and add geyser fountains to disrupt flight patterns.
  • Add geyser fountains
  • Boulders and large shrubs around the pond to discourage nesting
  • Construct an irrigation system to improve water circulation and quality.
Interview with AquaBio Environmental Technologies regarding wildlife relocation process at Village Pond Park.
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Latest News


 
April 14, 2017 -  Starting the week of April 17, United Engineering will begin mobilizing their equipment on site to prepare for drainage of the pond. As the pond is slowly drained, turtles and fish will be carefully captured and processed by AquaBio biologists.  

The City would like to remind the public that feeding the animals is prohibited. Animal consumption of human food can create health issues for the wildlife. In addition, as an active project site, only authorized City and contractor personnel are allowed in the park. Unauthorized individuals and those violating the City's Wildlife Ordinance, which prohibits the feeding of animals, will be subject to citations.

Click on the following links if you are interested in reading past project eNewsletters or follow the project's progression in more detail:
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Updated April 20, 2017