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By Allison Jarrell

After agendizing the discussion on Nov. 16, the San Juan Capistrano Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission is set to talk about the use of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located in San Juan off of Ortega Highway, at its Dec. 21 meeting.

At the commission’s November meeting, Commissioner Kim McCarthy proposed an agenda item to discuss “providing unrestricted access to all areas of the eastern open space at La Pata and Ortega, with the exception of areas protected by conservation easements.” In her report, McCarthy recommended not renewing the current Blenheim riding park lease and not leasing to other private companies.

The vast majority of residents who spoke on the item during the November meeting countered McCarthy’s remarks, saying they already have full access to the park—having picnics on the grounds, seeing horse shows for free and riding through on horseback and bicycle.

The discussion scheduled for Monday’s meeting does not require any action by the commission. Staff’s report states that the goal is to provide commissioners with “additional information regarding the evolution” of the riding park.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will take place at City Hall, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. To view the full agenda, visit

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