By Brian Park
The city of San Juan Capistrano is set to unveil its newest park during a dedication ceremony on Saturday, May 31.
The 12-acre Reata Park and Event Center, located in the city’s eastern territory, will feature recreational space, an equestrian staging area, space for weddings and group events, a network of paths and trails and a restored historic structure that will serve as a welcome center.
The park was built and funded by the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation. The city purchased the land, including the adjacent Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, in a 2010 deal for 132 acres at a cost of $27.5 million, paid for by a $30 million bond approved by city voters in 2008. Trails also connect to Caspers Wildnerss Park and 42 acres of land will be preserved as open space.
The park is located at 28632 Ortega Highway. The grand opening will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to attend. The event will include live entertainment, dancing, a petting zoo, pony rides, exhibits and tours.