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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Low fences to control waterfowl access
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.
Village Pond Park is Getting a New Name
On July 18, 2017, City Council agreed to rename Village Pond Park to Veterans Park upon completion of the construction project and re-dedication of the park.
August 25, 2017 - Construction continues at Village Pond Park and the water from the park is nearly completely drained. During the draining process, Aquabio Environmental Technologies has continued to rescue animals as needed. The next steps in the construction process include relocating the remaining trees to their final locations and completing the rough grading. After the rough grading is complete, the contractor will begin pouring concrete for sidewalks, foundations, and retaining walls. They will also begin demolition on the pond edge, setting up for eventual reconstruction of the pond.
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.