Mission Viejo

Is Mission Viejo the home of the 2019 Orange County Laureate? Here are some details we learned of this Orange County City.


Hey, Mission Viejo! Your city is huge! In fact, it is considered the largest master-planned community in the country. However, you make collaborative efforts to bring each other together, one art piece at a time. Check out the Oso Creek Trail, a project created in 1997 to bring together harmony and shared identity in residents through educating and honoring the arts as well as honoring history. Come explore these artistic wonders and continue the city’s community-run mission of a sustained, wholesome community. Immerse your senses and get lost in a Plant Maze, feel the silence and solitude of the 9/11 Peace Obelisk, laugh with the painted butterflies, and become enlightened in a mosaic of community history.

A series of trails spanning 5.5 miles overlook indigenous plants like willows, sycamore, olive, live oak, and coyote brush—all evolving in their overgrowth as the years progress. Nested in those trees are various species of songbirds, hummingbirds, herons, and egrets. Upon an even closer look, perhaps from a child’s watchful eye, and fairy houses can be found hiding at the base of tree trunks and stones. Help us find the Orange County Laureate! 1888.center/laureate



Written by Kati Zamani. Please email us if you would like to recommend additional reading resources on this topic. For more information on this city please visit the following references:


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