Veterans Park Improvement Project (Formerly Village Pond Park)

Pond Completion Set for Fall 2018

April 4, 2018 - The contractor has been working on the reconstruction of the pond at Veterans Park. The pond edge has been shaped, and new plastic lining for the pond has been installed. The contractor is completing the installation of the new aeration system and the wire mesh reinforcement for the submerged concrete safety edge in anticipation of pouring concrete on Monday, April 16.
The concrete pour will take place over one day and will begin at 7 am.

November 16, 2017The resident Design Committee for Veterans Park has worked to develop potential concepts for a monument to honor the men and women who have served our country. On Tuesday, November 21, City Council will review the Conceptual Design for a Veterans monument at the park. The artwork is available for viewing below.

Village Pond Park Gets 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.

Construction Camera


Village Pond Park is 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. 

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Village Pond Park Final Design
The new features include:
  • Entry plazas
  • Low fences to control waterfowl access
  • Additional trees
  • Reduced amount of turf
  • Use plants not favored by waterfowl
  • Creation of a floating island and addition of fountains to disrupt flight patterns.
  • Boulders and large shrubs around the pond to discourage nesting
  • Construct an irrigation system to improve water circulation and quality.

For More Information

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