Not so unassuming, the name “Bridgepark” Plaza was taken from its surrounding landmarks, the Sports Park and the Crown Valley Parkway Bridge. An ever popular destination, the plaza was designed to convey an old-fashioned town-and-country style shopping plaza complete with water tower near the brewery.
What does Chaparral Elementary School remind you of? Rydell High of Grease Fame? Riverdale High from the Archies? The architecture of this popular elementary school was designed to invoke the past and yet, we know this elementary school could not be more equipped to welcome and prepare students for the future.
Avendale Village Clubhouse reflects Early Americana small town life. The Plantation style clubhouse with its long veranda beckons you to stop by, take a dip in the pool and dry-off with an ice cold drink.
Crown Valley Parkway Bridge
Spanning the Arroyo Trabuco between Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch, is the 800-foot long Crown Valley Parkway Bridge designed to reflect the traditional Pasadena-style bridges of the early 1900s. The structure details subtle scoring with a sandblasted finish, sculpted concrete railings supporting classic column light poles and other architectural features.
The California Heritage Oaks in Ladera Ranch are the symbol of solidarity, 225 years of history and renewed preservation.
An entire team is working together to implement the appropriate maintenance program to ensure these trees thrive in the community.
The planners of Ladera Ranch knew they needed to work around the native trees to preserve the environment and to continue to build upon its legacy. Throughout the master-planned community you will find these growing symbols anchored in various corners and hilltops enticing you to establish your own roots in Ladera Ranch so that you can then spread your wings and fly.
Hit the Trails
Trails, trails, and more trails are interwoven throughout Ladera Ranch making this community a walker’s paradise. Discover ten miles of hiking and biking trails in and around the community. Ladera Ranch trails offer links to Orange County Regional riding, hiking and biking trails within Arroyo Trabuco, branching from Saddleback Mountain to Doheny Beach Neighborhood and back to pathways that connect to village clubs, schools and other public gathering spaces.
Here in Ladera Ranch everyone is within walking distance to any number of parks. Whether it’s a pocket park just down the street or a neighborhood park or a plunge just a few blocks away, each are unique and each add so much value. You’ve probably wondered how each of them was named. Names were inspired by location, topography, architectural styles and materials of the park as it relates to the village themes. Some good examples are: Canterra Plunge in Avendale named because of the canterra materials cognizant of the Spanish Colonial architecture, Hilltop Park (need we say more?), and our favorite, Founder’s Park – named in tribute to the first residents of Ladera Ranch.
Old railway ties create the historic look and feel of Ladera Ranch’s pedestrian bridge and what a landmark and icon it has become. Constructed and shipped from Alabama in 3 pieces, the Crown Valley Parkway pedestrian bridge was built in 5 hours and provides safe passage between Oak Knoll and the rest of Ladera Ranch.
In the corner of the Town Green is our community rose garden. Lemon trees, lavender and avariety of roses surround the garden to honor the matriarch of the O’Neill/Moiso Family, Alice O’Neill (Moiso) Avery. Mrs. Avery personally advised on the plant selections and is very proud of the garden that bears her name. Take a moment to sit at the nearby park benches to drink in the beauty and serenity of the rose garden and all it has to offer.
Riparian riverine elements of the Sienna Botanica…
It is a unique “riverine” system incorporated into the community’s living environment. “Included into Sienna Botanica is a narrow, manmade seasonal creek bed, or riverine, that serves as both a scenic amenity and a natural filter for urban water runoff. Rain water and water from sprinklers, pools and other neighborhood sources is collected in a network of drains that are connected to the riverine within the Botanica. As it periodically and seasonally fills with water the riverine carries water from throughout the community on a course that passes through specially planted reeds and other flora, which serve as natural filters and water purifiers. Ultimately, the water makes its way to a large water retention basin and wetlands in the open space south of Ladera Ranch where it is further filtered.”
Street Lights Make A Difference
You may have not paid attention to the glow cast upon our local streets at night, but it’s subtle, soft, right? The gray-pebbled flecked columns disperse light from times gone by. Their statuesque necks are collard in detail and crowned with glass that diffracts light through its milky globe. These street lamps are not your run of the mill “city lights”. The lamps took 9 months to receive county approval for installment because of their unique design quality. Take a moment to catch the detail and history of these symbolic “guardians of night”.
Here in Ladera Ranch, some street names have a reason behind their selection. Some are named after O’Neill/Moiso family members – Benjamin, Sienna, Daisy, Sellas while other are historical references to grazing pastures of Ranch Mission Viejo – Cecil Pasture, Narrow Canyon, Windmill, Bell Pasture and other names are of flowers to recreate the quaint authenticity of the small towns like Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach.
The Ladera Ranch Wetlands Mitigation site, just west of Oak Knoll within the Arroyo, spans seven acres and includes more than five acres of native riparian plants, which collect, filter and organically treat urban water runoff. Through the use of natural wetlands, the site functions as a water retention basin and filtration station, similar to the Sienna Botanica and is designed to preserve the downstream water quality, protect the Trabuco Creek’s stability and promote on-site wetlands/riparian habitat restoration.
Ladera Ranch Landmarks