History of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
This 6,400-acre area is the heart of the 17,000-acre South Coast Wilderness Park system.
In 1978, the city of Laguna Beach purchased the land that is now the Dilley Preserve section of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Much of the land within Laguna Canyon was originally intended for Laguna Laurel, a planned community of 3,200 homes and numerous businesses to serve residents. Fortunately, in 1991 Laguna Beach voters approved a $20-million tax bond to purchase the first four parcels of the Laguna Laurel development area. The city purchased the first parcel in 1991, and subsequent purchases were completed in 1992 and 1993. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park was dedicated as a county park in 1993. The Irvine Company donated the fifth and final Laguna Laurel parcel in 1991. The park also includes land received as part of a development agreement with The Irvine Company for Newport Coast. It continues to grow with new land acquisitions made possible with state park bond funds approved by voters in 2000.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is managed by the County of Orange, Harbors, Beaches and Parks Department, and supported by four nonprofit organizations: Laguna Canyon Foundation, Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., The Nature Conservancy and the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve Trust.