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Council to Review Final Sports Park Plan

Construction on the 86-acre park is slated to begin May 2012.

Fields designed to handle the future demand for places to play softball, lacrosse and other sports are a central aspect of the final master plan for Lake Forest's sports park.

The City Council will review the plan Tuesday evening at its first October meeting.

Once a plan is approved, an architect will get the go-ahead to prepare construction level plans and specifications for the long-awaited park.

Three parcels make up the 86-acre site where the sports park will be situated. At the moment, the city is  to acquire the last and smallest of those parcels—the 13-acre Rados property.  

In April, the council and approved the environmental impact report for the project.

The final master plan that the City Council will review Tuesday includes:

  • Five baseball/softball diamonds 
  • Five soccer/multi-use fields 
  • Two basketball courts 
  • Two playgrounds with play structures 
  • A centrally-located multi-use lawn ("The Commons") for hosting cultural and special events, and sports activities 
  • An approximately 30,000-square-foot Recreation Center with a gymnasium and multi-purpose meeting and classroom space 
  • Parking for approximately 535 vehicles 
  • Restrooms and concession spaces 
  • Trail connections to local and regional trails and preservation of existing vegetation and open space habitat 
  • Security lighting and lighting for all sports fields and courts  

According to the staff report, the Recreation Center would host most of the activities currently offered at , with the exception of senior services.  

Grading at the site is anticipated to begin May 2012.

The City Council meeting begins 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 25550 Commercentre Drive.

Andy O'Connor October 04, 2011 at 02:15 PM
What's the difference between this park, and the one being built off of Rancho and Portola Pkwy where the sangravel operations are?
Lake Forest Citizen Paying Attention October 04, 2011 at 04:42 PM
There has been talk of building a sports park and civic center for at least the last 10 years here in Lake Forest, but it is actually moving forward finally less than a year after Scott Voights was elected to the Council. Thank you Scott for your tireless efforts and for keeping your campaign promise to make this project to a reality!
Mitch Lochart October 04, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Funny, I don't recall ever seeing Scott Voights participating in the many public meetings, or making any comments on the Environmental Impact Report about this project, let alone any other civic involvment......Oh Yeah.....that was before he was on council....
Ian Morrell October 04, 2011 at 05:13 PM
I think it is the same.
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) October 04, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Hi Andy, that's the park the council will discuss tonight.
martin deutschman October 05, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Please tell me what is to become of the Senior Center which is not included in the plans.
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) October 05, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Hi Martin! The Senior Center program is going to be part of the new Civic Center the city is building, which is a different plan altogether. But City Hall's lease on the Commercentre Drive building isn't up until 2014, so I don't think the Senior Center will be moving anywhere until then.

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