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The San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation officially transferred the amenities it built at the Northwest Open Space recreation area to the city Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, the city officially owns the amenities at the .

While there’s no deed to quit claim, no ceremonial ribbon to cut – the Northwest Open Space opened for public use in June – the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation took the assets “off the books” and gave them to the city, said Brad Gates, foundation president.

“We held an , but we still had some physical work to finish up, so that’s done,” Gates said.

What is “done” is grading, landscaping, 3,000 lineal feet of split-rail fencing, 700 feet of irrigation, a watering trough, hitching post, doggie bag station, trash receptacles, concrete and signage, according to a press release. The nonprofit also picked up the expense of the grand opening celebration in June.

All told, the physical donations represent $30,300 in actual costs, with another 1,145 man hours volunteered to do complete the project, Gates said. He estimates the total value to the city at about $90,000.

Gates sent the city a list of what the foundation provided. The City Council is expected to formally accept items at a future meeting, said Cathy Salcedo, spokeswoman for the city.

Clint Worthington January 31, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Penny, just to give you a heads up the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation cannot give to the City (the residents and taxpayers) what the residents and taxpayers already own.
Penny Arévalo February 01, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Yes, the city owns the land. Apparently, the foundation paid for all the improvements listed in the article. Like the article says, the foundation is clearing its books of the assets.
Matt Gaffney February 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
As a member of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation I'm proud of the work done by the Foundation to make the Northwest Open Space Staging area usable for the people of San Juan Capistrano. It's your space, please take advantage of all it has to offer.
Penny Arévalo February 01, 2012 at 07:02 PM
You know, I was thinking, perhaps the headline would have worked better had I been able to italicize the word "and." Not sure anyone else is fascinated by word usage and grammar as I am, but I put that out there just the same!
Clint Worthington February 01, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Penny, the other words that are bothersome are "gave them to the City". Hold on here, the taxpayers of our City paid the City attorney to draw up the incorporation documents for this organization. Heck, the taxpayers also paid the fee the the Secretary of State to file the papers. The address used for this incorporation was the City Address ! As part of the 196 page purchase agreement, the City (taxpayers) are not allowed to charge for the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo on the 132 acres of open space the taxpayers purchased. Of course, the Open Space Foundation receives a large portion of it's funding from the donation of the proceeds from the RMV Rodeo. Let me recap: Taxpayers paid every single fee to incorporate the Open Space Foundation, which is a private foundation. The Open Space Foundation receives a donation from the RMV Rodeo that is held on taxpayer property at no charge. So when you say, "gave them to the City" no, we taxpayers have paid for it. There was nothing given.
Penny Arévalo February 01, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I've added a PDF of the letter the foundation sent the city, in case anyone is interested.
Clint Worthington February 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The letter states equipment was donated. From the letter it states grading equipment was donated. Where is that equipment stored now. Are the doggie bags paid for out of Open Space Foundation money or are they refilled at taxpayer expense? As a side note, we can get doggie bags at our Open Space projects and up and down trails, but there are no doggie bags at the Sport Park. None. Yet, that is the most popular park in the City. Heck, even the advertisements for this Saturdays Car Show there advertise "friendly dogs" and there will be a dog disc demonstration team. Dog bags are ok in the Open Space, but no dog bags at the Sport Park. Makes you wonder about that logic!
Matt Gaffney February 01, 2012 at 09:49 PM
CARE & Rotary will have doggie bags available at the Car Show.
Dusty W Otero September 05, 2012 at 03:46 AM
I know that Brad Gates is doing a awesome job...I know he is a honest person and just because he is friends with high power people well thats good for our city and look at all the private donations he gets from so many nice people thanks Brad for all u are doing in our Valley
melissa kaffen September 05, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I would like to know exactly how much it costs to maintain our open space? And, if "our" Open Space Foundation and the generous donations made to it are covering the entire cost of the open space maintenance? If so, that would be a great deal for those of us who voted for the $100 million investment in open space.
Clint Worthington September 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Matt, I cannot respect when the Open Space Foundation went to Reata Park and cut down 17 trees. All down without the permits that are required from the City on CITY PROPERTY. I cannot respect when the Open Space Foundation cut down a tree that was larger than 36 inches in width that not only did not get a permit, but it also required the permission of the Planning Commission as it was a Heritage Tree. If this is the kind of work that the Open Space Foundation is proud of, then you do not have any respect for the laws in our City.

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