The Opportunities Study is a comprehensive planning process that the City of Lake Forest has undertaken to re-zone nearly 838 acres of land previously zoned for business and industrial uses on five properties in the City. The City has moved forward with the addition of new residential housing, commercial development, neighborhood parks, and public facilities such as a sports park, community center, and civic center.
Currently under construction, the highly anticipated 87-acre Sports Park and Recreation Center is located on the corner of Rancho Parkway and Portola Parkway (28000 Rancho Parkway), as shown in the following exhibit. The Sports Park includes 57 acres for active use and 30 acres for passive use and open space.
Final Master Plan
The Final Master Plan for the Sports Park was developed through a series of community workshops and design efforts beginning in 2008. A Consensus Plan, developed from input gathered at the workshops, was presented at the July 2009 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The initial Consensus Master Plan was reviewed and approved by the City Council on August 18, 2009 for the purpose of conducting further environmental analysis and site studies, and scoping land acquisition alternatives.
On April 19, 2011, the City Council certified the Environmental Impact Report for the Sports Park and Recreation Center and adopted Alternative 7 as the Preferred Project. The layout of the sports fields in the Consensus Master Plan was reconfigured in Alternative 7 to better fit within the site. Additionally, the reconfigured layout reduced potential retaining wall heights and project costs, and preserved riparian areas along and within Glass Creek.
The Final Master Plan reflects changes that were made in conjunction with the development of the grading plan; and input received at an August 2011 workshop requesting larger artificial sports turf fields to accommodate a wider variety of sport uses. The Final Master Plan is available for viewing here or by clicking on the map to the left.
Construction Contract Award
In June 2013, the City Council awarded a $35.9 million contract to Park West Landscape to bring the 86-acre park to life. The Lake Forest Sports Park will be one of the largest sports parks in Orange County with 57 acres devoted to sports fields and a multi-functional center.