The City has three ADA accessible parks throughout the City (Portola Park, Cherry Park, and Pittsford Park).
The City completed its transition to District Elections during the 2020 General Election.
The City held community forums with the public to gather feedback on the future designs of the Sports Park and Civic Center.
The new City Hall is the City’s fourth City Hall. The previous three were located at 23778 Mercury Road, 23161 Lake Center Drive, and 25550 Commercentre Drive.
The City has a dedicated Homeless Liaison Officer contracted with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The City’s Ask Lake Forest (ALF) system allows residents to effortlessly report issues to City staff.
Lake Forest is a contract city as it contracts municipal services to public or private organizations.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has a senior citizen volunteer program called the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retired Seniors (STARS). Founded in 1997, STARS assist the City and Lake Forest Police Services.
Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills were not part of the City’s incorporation in 1991. The City voted to expand city limits to include Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills in 2000.
Throughout Lake Forest’s 30-year history, the City has only had three permanent City Managers. Gaylord Knapp, Robert Dunek, and Debra Rose.
Both lakes in Lake Forest are man-made.
The top employer in Lake Forest is Panasonic Avionics Corporation with 1,703 employees.
Kaitlin Sandeno, Olympic swimming champion, is an El Toro High School graduate.
There are three OCFA Fire Stations across the City.
The City has a total area of 17.9 square miles.
Before incorporation, mentions of “El Toro” in the press referred to the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.
During Richard Nixon’s presidency, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was used for flight to and from his “Western White House” at San Clemente, California.