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Lake Elsinore's Recreation Renaissance


Last updated 8/9/2019 at 12:29am

This month, the city of Lake Elsinore officially reopened its fully renovated campground. Formerly the state’s campground, the circa-1962 facility was a throwback to a different time, culture and attitude in the Elsinore Valley. Today’s rebranded facility, Launch Pointe, is a modern amenity masterpiece and a huge departure from the rustic frontier atmosphere that preceded it. It is not your grandfather’s campground; Launch Pointe truly has something for everybody. It is the place to launch your next adventure and sure to be a sought-out destination for travelers from all around.

It is part of a long progression toward active recreation both for visitors and residents, being ushered in by a city council that dared to dream and believed in a vision that aims to place Lake Elsinore on the map as the ultimate destination. This vision has included a massive expansion of public parks. At the turn of this century, the few parks the city had were closed due to budget cuts, poor planning and overspending. In addition, the beach and the boat launch at the campground had to be closed after several unfortunate accidents.

Today, the city has 19 beautiful parks and No. 20 will open in September. The new launch ramp and docks at Launch Pointe were designed with six lanes, and it has remained the only launch that has never closed during a drought, a testament to this city’s drive to be the best year-round recreation destination in Riverside County.

The city now features fitness trails, trails for walking, biking and jogging, small and large dog parks, three extreme skate parks, a BMX pump track, splash pads, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields and championship softball fields like those at Rosetta Canyon Sports Park, which has become a destination for regional and collegiate level softball tournaments and hailed as the finest facility of its kind on the West Coast.

The council’s philosophy is exemplified in their Healthy LE and Get Out There programs, encouraging active recreation throughout the valley. They have also fostered a culture of stewardship for the natural wonders that can be seen throughout this valley. This spring, it seemed as though the entire world descended on the town to experience poppy-fest. But there is so much more, Lake Elsinore is home to over 200 species of birds. You can catch five different species of fish in the lake and the varying terrain is home to numerous flora and fauna; many of which are listed as endangered or threatened species. In fact, the city has preserved and protected more acreage than any other jurisdiction in the region – all contributing to the extreme beauty throughout the city.

While some might see it as a handicap in the heart of Southern California’s notorious urban sprawl, this city has persevered and prospered. Since 2002, property values have gone from $200 million to nearly $6 billion. And the investments just keep coming as a new indoor sports complex is underway next to Diamond Stadium and hoteliers are actively courting property owners to meet the growing demand in the city.

The valley has long been known as the Action Sports Capital of the World, a reputation earned over decades of extreme sporting competitions in multiple disciplines, but it also offers many serene opportunities to enjoy nature’s beauty.

In short, as the city’s Recreation Renaissance continues, there is truly something for everybody in Lake Elsinore, so get out there and enjoy.

Robert “Bob” Magee

Lake Elsinore City Councilmember


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