Village Pond Park Improvement Project


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.
​The City interviewed AquaBio regarding the animal relocation process. View the entire video below or click on any of the 30-second FAQ segment icons to learn about parts of the process. Hover over the thumbnails to see the topic. 
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Latest News

June 8, 2017 -  On June 7, United Engineering began draining the pond and initiated grading operations at the park. AquaBio biologists continue to remain on-site to carefully capture and process any turtles and fish within the pond as it is slowly drained. In addition, the contractor received approval of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and is currently procuring materials, such as the bridge, that have long delivery schedules.    

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 June 8, 2017