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Parks and Recreation
Department Functions
The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the planning and administration of all City recreation programs and activities. The Department also participates in the evaluation of facility needs, and cooperates in the planning and scheduling of the City's Capital Improvement Program. The Laguna Niguel Parks & Recreation Master Plan was originally adopted in 1989 and was updated in 1998. It serves as an overall guide to the expansion of recreation programs and the construction and improvement of City parks and recreational facilities. The Department also administers recreation program registrationCrown Valley Park and Sea Country Senior and Community Center scheduling, and prepares the City Recreation Brochure.  

Youth and Adult Sports
This division works with LNYSA, AYSO, Laguna Niguel Laguna Niguel Little League, Rancho Niguel Little League, Laguna Niguel Girls Softball, Junior All-American Football, the YMCA and other youth and adult sports organizations to schedule and maximize the use of existing facilities, and plan for future facility needs. For more information on Youth and Adult Sports, contact: Brett Woodhull at (949) 425-5100.

Youth and Teen Programs 
The Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round activities and classes for youth and teens. The classes, workshops, and special events provide opportunities to forge new friendships, experience the great outdoors, and develop life skills. 

Every summer, children entering 1st through 8th grades participate in the popular Squirrels and Coyotes day camp programs. Based out of Crown Valley Park with excursions to the beach and local amusement parks, the camps allow campers to enjoy a variety of outdoor group games and teambuilding activities, swimming, crafts, and nature exploration in the 18-acre botanical preserve while under the supervision of caring City staff and VolunTeens. The pool is taken over on four Friday nights for “Rule the Pool” when youth, ages 8 through 13, jump, swim, dive and play while a DJ plays music and facilitates contests. Youth float on rafts and pool floats and enjoy relaxing in the spa with old and new friends.  

Fall activities include the annual Haunted Trails special event, which provides opportunities for youth 13 years and older to volunteer as monsters, terrifying the attendees, while earning community service hours for their participation. Volunteers learn how to safely scare attendees, work as a team with their section, and provide their costume for this three night event.

In the winter, the Laguna Niguel Youth Committee often sponsors a free dance workshop. Instructors have taught basic instruction in swing, salsa and hip hop dance.

During the spring, youth and teens volunteer for the City’s Earth Day Celebration, helping to plant and clean up the Niguel Botanical Preserve. Middle school and high school bands are selected by the Youth Committee to perform in the Crown Valley Park amphitheater at the annual Music & Arts Festival. Colleges and employers represent their organizations at the annual High School Job & College Fair which gives high school students the opportunity to meet with representatives from post-secondary schools and speak with employers about seasonal employment opportunities.

Throughout the school year, the Junior Civic Workshops provide middle school students with an opportunity to learn about their city government while earning community service hours. Guest speakers have included representatives from the City Council, the City Manager’s Office, Police Services, the Orange County Fire Authority, Animal Services, the Chamber of Commerce, Community Development, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, the Orange County Registrar of Voters, and the Orange County Juvenile Court. This workshop meets in the Community Room at City Hall on the second Tuesday of the month.

During the school year, a series of “life skills” classes are also offered for middle school and high school students. Recent workshops have included: a food prep class called Chopped, Jr. for 6th to 8th graders, a Self Defense Class that taught 6th to 12th graders strategies to prevent victimization and promote self-confidence, a Resume Writing Workshop for high school students, and an Entrepreneur Workshop that provided high school students with some tools for starting a business venture.

For more information about Youth and Teen programs, check out LNTEENS.org, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, @lnteens or contact: Gretchen Malcolm at (949) 425-5100. 

Skatepark 
The Laguna Niguel Skateboard and Soccer Park features a 20,000 square foot concrete skateboard park and a synthetic grass soccer field. Both parks provide year-round enjoyment for skateboard and soccer enthusiasts with state-of-the-art facilities. The Skatepark is supervised by Parks and Recreation Department staff. Passes are required for all individuals using the park. Liability waivers signed by the parent or guardian is required. Proof of residency will be required by showing driver’s license or California I.D. Park users 18 years old and over are also required to sign a waiver on their own behalf. Skatepark identification cards will be issued once the waivers are signed. These I.D. cards serve as your permit to enter the park.  Helmets, plastic capped elbow, and kneepads are required at all times while in the park. For more information on park hours, birthday parties, and lessons contact: Jeff Kirby at (949) 916-7755. 

Aquatics
The Crown Valley Pool is an outdoor pool open year round, managed and operated by the City of Laguna Niguel. The pool is located in the middle of beautiful Crown Valley Park. It is nestled between the Crown Valley Community Center and the South Coast YMCA. It is heated, on average, at a very comfortable 81 degrees. The Crown Valley Pool also includes a spa that is located steps away from the pool along with a FIT Pool that offers a variety of swimming programs for infants through adults year round. For more information contact: Tina Dittmar at (949) 425-5100.

Special Events and Contracted Programs
This division offers a variety of special events for Laguna Niguel residents and families during the year (see Special Events Calendar). Contract instructors also offer a variety of special interest classes such as: Dance, Exercise, Music, Martial Arts, Dog Obedience and others. For more information on Special Events and Contracted Programs, contact: Colleen Gelfer at (949) 425-5100.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year including Haunted Trails, the Holiday Parade, Bunny Bonanza, Squirrels Summer Camp and more. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation hotline at (949) 362-4351, ext. 5. Note: Parks and Recreation cannot accept court ordered volunteers. For information about volunteer opportunities with Police Services, please call (949) 362-4303.

Sea Country Senior and Community Center 
Dedicated as a senior center during weekday hours (9:00 am - 
4:00pm) for the 50+ population, Sea Country also offers classes and events for the Community, as scheduled, during weeknights (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm) and on weekend mornings.  During evening and weekend hours, the Center is also available for the community to use on a private bases by renting rooms for parties, receptions, meetings, seminars, and other private functions.

No membership is required to attend the facility and many of the senior activities are offered at low or no cost.  The Center offers a wide variety of activities for older adults including: educational classes, recreational classes, games and social activities, health wellness presentations, exercise & fitness classes, special events, trips/excursions, and senior services,  When necessary, some programs may require participants to be 60 years of age or older.

Sea Country's interior design brings the outdoors inside. The facility also features smaller meeting rooms for classes and gatherings, as well as other enjoyable amenities including: a Library, a Lounge, a Billiards room, a Computer Lab, a Gift Shop, and its newest feature - a Fitness Center.

The City publishes a free quarterly Activity Guide promoting an extensive variety of programs, social activities, classes and special events held on a quarterly basis.  Just pick up a copy at the front desk at 24602 Aliso Creek Road or call (949) 425-5151 to have one mailed to you.

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Contact
City of Laguna Niguel
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Tel: (949) 362-4300
Fax: (949) 362-4340

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