On the border between San Juan Capistrano and Rancho Mission Viejo lies the new Reata Park and Event Center. This 18-acre public open space area is located in the eastern section of San Juan Capistrano and is the last remaining piece of the city’s 132-acre open space purchase that also includes the adjacent RMV Riding Park. The Open Space Foundation challenged Land Concern to develop a plan for the area that would preserve its rustic beauty while also making it accessible for all. This vision was realized through the thoughtful design process and alliance. After more than 7,000 hours donated by Foundation volunteers and an outpouring of contributions from the community, Reata Park opened to the public in May 2014.
Land Concern partnered with the Open Space Foundation and Tree of Life Nursery to design a park that preserved the equestrian and citrus growing heritage and introduced native habitat, low water use planting demonstration gardens, regional bike and equestrian trails, picnic and recreation spaces, and highlighted views of the surrounding countryside. The native plant garden is one of the largest and most extensive in California, and requires minimal water and maintenance. Woven into the park were preserved mature native trees, water quality features, and the rehabilitated Ranch House-turned-Welcome Center. Reata Park is a perfect destination for a stroll or picnic, as well as for large events such as weddings, family reunions, and corporate retreats.