November 2, 2006
Seven years after they donated half a million dollars in "seed money," James and Rosemary Nix are seeing the culmination of a long-planned nature center for visitors to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The $3.4 million center, named for the Laguna Woods couple, will be open and staffed seven days a week, and will serve as park ranger headquarters for the wilderness area. It will also be a launching pad for nature lovers who want to explore the centerpiece of the 20,000-acre coastal preserve — which stretches from Crystal Cove State Park north of Laguna Beach to Aliso Creek in South Laguna.
June 2, 2009
Mary Fegraus is usually one to avoid the spotlight. But the spotlight shone on her Saturday at the dedication of “Mary’s Trail” in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. The ceremony was attended by environmental activists, county officials and admirers of Fegraus, the founding executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation. “I want to thank Mary for all her work for the past two decades,” Supervisor Pat Bates said. “She helped raise $13 million to enhance, protect and preserve these wild lands.
July 9, 2010
Representatives of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park are delighted with a 172-acre donation of land to the park system by the Irvine Co. The parcel is part of a huge, 20,000-acre donation of land, most of it located in eastern Orange County — including Black Star Canyon and Santiago Canyon — which was handed over to Orange County officials on June 29. The 172-acre Laguna Laurel parcel is located east of Laguna Canyon Road, adjacent to...
May 31, 2002
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park will gain more than 10 acres of undeveloped land with the recent approval of a $2.6-million grant to Laguna Woods for its purchase. The park is part of an 11,000-acre greenbelt that includes several Laguna Beach open-space sites. Assembly of the greenbelt began about 35 years ago and has grown with the help of groups like Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., the Laguna Canyon Foundation, the Laguna Canyon Conservancy and the Coastal Greenbelt Authority.
May 15, 2009
Note: Wilderness parks are closed for 48 hours or more after significant rainfall. Call or visit websites for current conditions. ? CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $10 day-use parking fee. The park is open 6 a.m. to sunset daily. Docent-led backcountry hikes are scheduled for 9 a.m. most Saturdays and Sundays. Hikes are three to five miles, and last about two hours.
December 6, 2002
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel Park Information: (949) 923-2200 or www.ocparks.com The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily, year-round for hiking, bicycling and equestrian use. Parking $2. No dogs. Crystal Cove State Park 8471 Pacific Coast Highway, Laguna Beach Park Conditions, (949) 494-3539; Interpretive Programs, (949) 497-7647 State Web site www.parks.ca.gov local Web site www.crystalcovestatepark.