Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is Laguna's frontyard. That's what people see when they head into town on Laguna Canyon Road.
Locals can take pride in the preservation of the 7,000 acres of wilderness they helped preserve, one of the gems of the South Coast Wilderness area, which includes Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Crystal Cove State Park and the City of Irvine Open Space Preserve, totaling about 20,000 acres,
"My heart beats an extra beat every time I drive through Laguna Canyon — particularly after driving through urban sprawl to get here," said Mary Fegraus, former and first executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation.
The acquisition was amazing. The effort to maintain it is ongoing. We shouldn't take it for granted.
Jump-started by the thousands who took The Walk in 1989 down Laguna Canyon Road to protest development in the canyon, followed by the unprecedented passage of the $20 million bond by Laguna Taxpayers to buy open space, the park became a reality in 1993.