City officials celebrated the completion of the Heisler Park renovations with a traditional ribbon cutting June 10.
The ceremony took place in front of the newly constructed amphitheater, a centerpiece of the final phase of renovations funded by $7.5 million from grants and city funds.
"Grants are important," Mayor Toni Iseman said. "They made this possible."
Orange County Integrated Regional Water Quality Management funded an $800,000 grant, and the state Water Resources Control Board put in $1 million from the Clean Beaches Initiative fund and another $1.8 million for the protection of the park's "area of special biological significance."
"Why did water support this when it's a park?" Iseman asked.
"This is significant water," she said, waving at Laguna's Bluebelt, sparkling under sunny skies. "The Heal the Bay (nonprofit) gave Laguna waters an A-plus, and that is a real source of pride. It is my pleasure to welcome you today for the ribbon cutting for something so obviously beautiful and a matter of public pride."