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$8 Million La Laguna Resort Opens Today

The June 30 official grand opening takes place at 32040 Riverside Drive and the public is encouraged to attend.

A nearly $8 million refurbishment on Lake Elsinore gets unveiled today, said Pat Kilroy, the city’s director of parks and recreation.

The newly renamed La Laguna Resort boasts more than 11 acres featuring a sandy beach, designated wading area, six-lane boat launch, two 400-foot-long docks, massive parking lot, restroom facility, fish-cleaning station, picnic area, lights and landscaping.

The June 30 official grand opening takes place at 32040 Riverside Drive and the public is encouraged to attend. Opening-day activities from 1 - 5 p.m. include boat and RV exhibits, food vendors and kids’ activities. Regular day-use fees apply.

It’s hoped, Kilroy said, that La Laguna Resort will bring visitors back – time and again.

La Laguna was designed with boaters and anglers in mind, Kilroy continued. The new docks feature a fiberglass finish to protect expensive boats, the staging area offers easy turnaround for tow vehicles, a shiny new fish-cleaning station makes life easier for anglers,

Additionally, to ensure city visitors know where La Laguna is located, Kilroy said eventually new directional signs will be posted from the 15 Freeway.

While vendors have yet to sign on the dotted line, Kilroy stressed there is room for businesses to open at La Laguna. Additionally, he is hoping the adjoining motor home park on Riverside Drive – which has remained open during the boat launch closure -- will be improved now that the new resort is opening. A request for proposal is being drafted that will look for private investment to upgrade the campground in exchange for a concession agreement, Kilroy explained.

Kilroy said he is anxious for visitors to enjoy Lake Elsinore’s newest attraction. “This is a signature event for the city as far as putting us on the recreational map."

Ken Mayes June 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
A 4 hour grand opening and they can't even wave the day use fee for opening day. Cheap suckers hope you bring your 10 bucks.
Rosa Hasler June 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Wave????????
Hope June 30, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I can't wait to check it out!
Ken Mayes June 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM
The taxpayers already footed the bill.
Hope June 30, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I'll cover your entry Ken, but in exchange, you have to clean up the area all by yourself!
Ken Mayes June 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
As a business decision to charge people for a look around on opening day is a pretty piss poor decision, the idea behind a grand opening is to have as many people as possible have a look see and make up the money on the return visits if they like what they see. I for one will continue to access this natural body of water that has existed since long before the City of Lake Elsinore from a point that does not charge any fee. At some point the citizens of California will wake up and realize the goal of the city is to sell of all access to this lake to private developers in violation of the "Public Trust Doctrine".
Shelli June 30, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Actually the fee is WAIVED (spelled correctly!) today. I wanted to check it out and they let me in and gave me a pass to hang on my mirror. I have to say it's really nice, but where did 8 million dollars come from? I've lived here for 19 years and wouldn't put one foot in that water. The campground is nicer than I expected too, lots of shade and large trees. I don't have a boat but I have a travel trailer, I guess I could go camping there. Like I said, it is nice, but to invest 8 million dollars in a nasty lake?
Christi June 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Boat launch is not waives but entry fee is. Been in the stories for a few weeks.
Richard July 01, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Good point Shelli. I'm hoping the money came from the state instead of the city. The schools around Lake Elsinore are deplorable and it would be really sad to know that tourist revenue is more important than education and home values
Cat July 01, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I'd love to be there to check out this grand opening but since I'm out of state, I guess I'll just have to waive my wave.
Diana July 01, 2012 at 03:09 AM
The money came from RDA funds that the City sat on for years until they were threatened by Gov Brown that he would take it, those in charge then built the low income apartments on Pottery and revamped this boat launch. They ran out of money to finish the boat launch but were able to get a Grant to complete it, it could be possible that there was a bond attached to this for completion but I am not positive.
Hope July 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I waved at your waive Cat! =0)
Keith Allen July 01, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Really bitching about a lousy ten bucks?
Ken Mayes July 01, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Diana The monies for this project came from several sources. $817,000 came from a grant issued in 2003 by the California Department of Boating and Waterways per their website. Another $3,000,000 came from the same source that the city had to hurry up and spend $482,000 of before it was returned to the state with the balance of 2,183,000 given a one year extension until May 1, 2012 before it was lost back to the state (this was reported to the city on March 8, 2011 by the former city manager Robert Brady). The balance came from developer fees and Redevelopment Funds that had to be spent or turned over to the state. Bottom line is this was a project for which the city started collecting funds for over 10 years ago and did not build until they were in danger of losing the money. Were this lake properly placed into public trust land statues where it would be run by a public trust corporation things would be done in a timely manner for the public's enjoyment rather than being an afterthought for the city of elsinore.
Richard July 01, 2012 at 01:45 PM
So i live and own a home here in lake elsinore,I missed the grand opening so does that mean i have to pay 10.00 just to go down to the lake and have a look around? I'm sure i dont need a day pass just for that.
Ken Mayes July 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
If you with to go to the lake by way of La Laguna Resort you had better bring your 10 bucks.
Antonio July 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
You are on the right trail. The taxpayers of Lake Elsinore pay for this but who benefits? Is this another giveaway to private business? Do the fees charged pay the costs or does the city council give sweet-heart contracts that subsidize private businesses. If any City Council member wants to respond to this here or at a CC meeting then all the better.

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