Did you enjoy the costume parade at Grand Park last month? Have the cooler temperatures and wet weather made you long for warm evenings and outdoor movies or hot summer afternoons with concerts in the park? In many cases, you have fond memories of events and activities organized by our Trusted Partner for November, the Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA).
Our City is somewhat unique in that we have so much recreation and outdoor space, including our 21 parks and amenities that provide so many opportunities for exercise, recreation, and sports competition. We can thank AVCA for the wonderful parks, open spaces, exciting events, and beautifully maintained common areas. Many cities have an extensive parks and recreation staff and require a budget and tax money to support those individuals. In Aliso Viejo, we have a unique structure that is supported by the non-profit, public benefit corporation who owns, manages, and maintains the vast majority of these spaces, and funds them with quarterly dues.
Because of these distinct roles and separate responsibilities, the City and AVCA work together in partnership to serve our residents. Some may recall that more than 15 years ago, I began my community service in Aliso Viejo as a member of the AVCA Parks and Recreation committee, and later as a Delegate and eventually served on the AVCA Board of Directors. It was through those experiences that I saw firsthand how the dedicated board members and staff at AVCA work throughout the year to ensure that AYSO, AVGS, and AVLL all have wonderful facilities to use for youth sports, while the entire community looks forward to the Spring Event, July 4th festivities, Fall Harvest Festival, and special events with Santa Claus at the end of the year.
Aliso Viejo is a dynamic and diverse community that offers its residents a broad range of experiences and opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and exploration of its natural beauty and open spaces. We are able to provide so much more through the partnership we share with AVCA, and we continue to trust that whether our residents are visiting city events and facilities or enjoying the amazing experiences that AVCA provides, the results will be exciting, entertaining, and fun.
Trust in Aliso Viejo.
Mayor Ross Chun
Any views or opinions expressed in this message belong solely to the Mayor.