Have you found this wonderful little secret in Califia? It is the Matt Davis Park.
For years this area was just a weed patch. The builder of the community - Bramalea went bankrupt in the early 1990's and left the park unfinished. The city was the beneficiary of the land but didn't have the funds to do anything with the property.
For years it sat empty, weeds grew- kids played. There were many skate ramps built by kids, lots of " fun " happened up in this unkept area.
Then the city started having planning sessions with the neighborhood. The ideas flowed from a swimming pool, to soceer fields, to just plain open space. These planning sessions went on for months and then nothing.
Several years later again the planning sessions started. Apprarently some of the bond money that was set for the park was available. The area residents again had some great ideas. The architect came up with this plan- a playground surrounded by a walking park and rolling hills. The cost was 1.5 million dollars. I went home that night after looking at the plans and couldn't believe this simple park was going to cost so much to develop.
Months went on- grading happened, plants were planted, grass was growing, boy scouts helped, it was an effort. The chain link fence didn't allow the residents to go in- there was mystery!
Well now it has been about 2 years that the park has been open and it is a beauty. The views are phenomenal, the walking path is lighted and if you do the whole loop- up the hill and around it is 1/4 mile so do four loops and you've walked a mile. The park is shared by kids on the playground, people enjoying the seats and tables with the views, walkers, dogs, even deer are seen early in the morning grazing on the beautiful landscaping.
It is truely a unique park- because of the rolling green area there can't be a baseball or soceer game played- it is just a park for enjoyment of all.
The city did a grand job of it and if you live in Califia and haven't discovered this gem- head on down to the bottom street and walk to Camino Largo and check it out. You will find Mocha my black lab and I there twice a day - everyday- we LOVE IT! Thanks to the city of Mission Viejo.
PS It is also a memorial park to Matt Davis a motorcyle policeman who lost his life in Misison Viejo while on duty- I am sure his family is proud of the park also!