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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 & 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 camp programs. The day camps are based out of Crown Valley Park, where campers enjoy outdoor activities, exploring the 18 acre botanical preserve, cooling off in the spray-ground and playing organized group games, under the supervision of caring Parks & Recreation staff and volunteers. The pool is taken over on various Friday nights for “Rule the Pool” when children, ages 9 through 13, jump, swim, dive and play while a DJ plays music. 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. The Jr. Civic Workshops provide middle school students with an opportunity to learn about their city government, with guest speakers from the City Manager’s Department, the Mayor, the Registrar of Voters, and a local judge, who presides over the juvenile court system. Community Service hours are awarded in this monthly workshop that meets during the school year in the Community Room at City Hall. 

In the winter, the Laguna Niguel Youth Committee sponsors a free dance workshop.  Instructors have taught basic instruction in swing dance, salsa and hip hop. 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 and High School bands are selected by the Youth Committee to perform in the newly renovated amphitheater at the annual Music & Arts Festival. Colleges and Employers represent their organizations by providing answers to questions, as High School students meet representatives and apply for seasonal employment, at the annual High School Job & College Fair.

A new series of “life skills” classes offered: a food prep class called Chopped, Jr.; strategies to reduce and prevent victimization promote self-confidence in the Self Defense class; and practicing communication skills during the Interviewing Skills class.   

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 and youth events. For more information, call the hotline at (949) 362-4351.
Note: Parks & Recreation cannot accept court ordered volunteers. Please call Police Services at (949) 362-4343 for service hours.

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.

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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