Field Closures

Summer Renovations

The City performs annual summer turf renovations on the sports fields from June to August to repair the highly used turf areas.  Specifically, these renovations include dethatching, aerating, fertilizing, topdressing, seeding, sod replacement, irrigation repairs, and improvements to prepare the fields for upcoming seasons.  Soccer fields are closed from June 1 through August 15 while baseball fields close on July 1 for renovations.  Although the City has considered staggering renovations, the adopted schedule accommodates both the needs of the league and weather conditions necessary to complete this annual project  Several back-to-back renovation periods of greater than 8 weeks does not allow sufficient time for the turf to establish and presents complications for leagues to schedule games. 

Fencing and signage are installed on the fields to notify the public that the fields are closed. During the renovation period, no play is allowed on the fields in order to allow new grass to grow. The renovation process takes approximately 10 weeks to complete.  During that time, the City will use 2 to 4 weeks to complete work on the fields and 6 to 8 weeks to allow new grass to grow and establish.  It is critical that the fields be given sufficient time to grow so they can withstand upcoming use.

The City installed synthetic turf fields at the Lake Forest Sports part to provide year-round soccer play while still allowing for the necessary natural turf field renovations. Therefore, there are opportunities for major sports to play through the summer renovations.  Additionally, all open areas surrounding the turf fields and the City's 20 other parks are open for public use during the renovation period. 

Summer Renovations - Athletic Field Closure Schedule

Parks Soccer Field Dates Closed
Soccer Field
Baseball Field Dates Closed
Baseball Field
Baker Ranch Community Park N/A
July 2 - August 17
Borrego Park June 18 - August 17
Foothill Ranch Community Park June 18 - August 17
June 18 - August 17
Heroes Park July 2 - August 17
July 2 - August 17
*Lake Forest Sports Park

June 18 - August 17
Natural Turf 
& Common Areas
July 2 - August 17
August 6 - Sept. 17
Fields 4 & 5
Fields 1,2 & 3
Rancho Serrano Park June 18 - August 17
Regency Park June 18 - August 17
Rimgate Park June 18 - August 17
Tamarisk Park N/A           No July 2 - August 17       Yes
*Natural Turf closed for turf renovations. Synthetic Turf fields are open.
Yes denotes the respective field(s) that are closed while the remaining areas of the park are open. 

Fall/Winter Renovations

Similar to the summer renovation process, the City performs annual turf renovation in the winter as well.  From approximately mid-December to mid-January, all sports fields will temporarily be unavailable for play to allow new grass to grow and establish. Parks will remain open for informal play and activities. For questions regarding the renovation process, please contact Public Works at (949) 461-3480. These renovations are applicable to the following sports parks:

Winter Renovations - Athletic Field Closures

Park Soccer Fields Baseball Fields
Baker Ranch Community Park No Yes
Borrego Park Yes No
Foothill Ranch Community Park Yes Yes
Heroes Park Yes Yes
Lake Forest Sports Park Yes, natural turf & commons Yes
Rancho Serrano Park Yes No
Regency Park Yes No
Rimgate Park Yes No
Tamarisk Park No Yes
Parks Open Year-round

All neighborhood parks are open year-round for informal play:

  1. Alton Park (18992 Alton Parkway)
  2. Borrego Overlook Park (21 Viaggio Lane)
  3. Cavanaugh Mini Park (23782 Cavanaugh Road)
  4. Cherry Park (22651 Cherry Avenue)
  5. Concourse Park (18931 Saddleback Ranch Road)
  6. Darrin Park (22461 Cherry Avenue)
  7. El Toro Park (23701 Los Alisos Boulevard)
  8. Lake Forest Park (24000 Serrano Road)
  9. Montbury Park (21962 Montbury Drive)
  10. Mountain View Park (24061 Dylan Street)
  11. Peachwood Park (21132 Peachwood)
  12. Pebble Creek Park (26441 Pebble Creek Road)
  13. Pittsford Park (21701 Pittsford Drive)
  14. Ranchwood Park (22500 Killy Street)
  15. Sundowner Park (22041 Sundowners Lane)
  16. Vintage Park (21000 Vintage Park)