By The Capistrano Dispatch

San Juan Capistrano resident Gunnar Ohlund was honored by the City Council on Tuesday, August 7 for his winning submission in a naming contest for the East Open Space Lemon Grove, now known as the Reata Park and Event Center.

“It’s an honor to recognize a young man whose contributions to our community are everlasting,” said Mayor Pro Tem John Taylor, who presented Ohlund with a plaque.

Ohlund said he chose the name because “reata” is Spanish for lariat, or lasso, and the name harkens back to San Juan’s Western heritage. Ohlund also recognized that the driveway into the park resembled the shape of a lariat.

Ohlund said he would be studying civil engineering at San Diego State University this fall.

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