Mission Viejo – Taking Care of the Land

Mission Viejo Taking Care of the Land

The City of Mission Viejo was carved from a portion of the sprawling Rancho Mission Viejo owned by the O’Neill family. The family took pride in their land, and much care and thought was given to the development. Thousands of acres have been dedicated as open space and parks to maintain the character and feel of the old rancho. What a beautiful legacy!



The east edge of Mission Viejo overlooks the Arroyo Trabuco. Oso Creek and Aliso Creek and other tributaries flow through the city, parks and open space. Wilderness Glen Park, which marks a historic ranch road and is replete with oaks and sycamore trees, follows Aliso Creek Road for a few blocks. All the open space areas have easy access, so take some time and visit these historic places!

This generous amount of open space keeps intact the history of Southern California. These are real treasures, right here for all to share, in the heart of Mission Viejo and the rest of Rancho Mission Viejo. I am very grateful for the guiding principle of Marguerite “Daisy” O’Neill that allows me to enjoy her land today: “Take care of the land, and it will take care of you.”

Parks and Open Space in Mission Viejo