By Allison Jarrell
Another item of interest to San Juan Capistrano residents was agendized for a future meeting by the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission on Nov. 16—the use of the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, located off of Ortega Highway.
Commissioner Kim McCarthy proposed an agenda item to discuss “a resolution fulfilling the promise made to San Juan Capistrano residents with the passage of the 2008 Measure Y Open Space Bond by 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.” McCarthy recommends not renewing the Blenheim riding park lease, not leasing to other private companies and instead providing unrestricted access to the property.
The vast majority of residents who spoke on the item during public comment, however, said 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. Other speakers mentioned the high cost of maintaining said property.
The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 at City Hall, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto. An agenda has not yet been posted.