Laguna Niguel is an affluent master-planned community in southern Orange County. Situated in the rolling San Joaquin Hills, the community is home to around 65,000 people. Separated from San Juan Capistrano by a large ridge along Trabuco Creek, Laguna Niguel is bordered by Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo. While the city of Dana Point lies between Laguna Niguel and the Pacific Ocean, one of the community's most defining characteristics is that it's covered by more than one-third open space. With 2 community parks, 23 neighborhood parks, 3 mini-parks, 1 dog-park, 2 county regional parks, 2 small county parks and a brand new Skate & Soccer park, the residents of Laguna Niguel suffer no shortage of outdoor recreation.
The name Laguna Niguel is derives from the Spanish word Laguna, meaning lagoon, and the word Nigueli; the name of a Juaneno Indian village once situated near Aliso Creek. The land where the community is situated was once part of a ranchero named Rancho Niguel, acquired by a man named Juan Avila through a Mexican land grant in 1842. Today's Laguna Niguel was a result of the vision of the Laguna Niguel Corporation in 1959 by Cabot, Cabot and Forbes to create one of the first master-planned communities in California. In modern day, a large industry in the area is real estate; hence many of the residents are employed at the Federal Building in Laguna Niguel.
The main attraction in Laguna Niguel is it's vast opportunities for outdoor experiences, and the city's Crown Valley Community Park serves as the center for the city's activities and recreational programs. Featuring a community pool, an outdoor amphitheater and 18-acre Niguel Botanical Preserve, it attracts more than 240,000 people each year for its many events and programs.
The Laguna Niguel Regional Park offers a spacious, landscaped respite where residents can jog, bicycle and engage in sports like tennis and volleyball.
In the park, residents can relax at the Laguna Niguel Lake, a 44-acre lake which, depending on season, is stocked each week with thousands of trout and bass to allow for fishing.
Those with green fingers may want to visit the 18-acre garden of Niguel Botanical Preserve in the Crown Valley Community Park, where plants have been collected from around the world. The younger crowd has access to a new 20,000 square foot Skateboard & Soccer Park, which offers a state-of-the-art concrete skatepark and a synthetic grass soccer field.