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Saddleback Gateway Project

Panorama of school grounds

Project Information


OC Public Libraries – Library of the Canyons

OC Public Libraries and OC Parks are working on a project to relocate the Silverado Branch Library from Silverado Canyon Road to the former Silverado Elementary School site on Santiago Canyon Road.  Other improvements will be made to the main building’s multipurpose room and to the site.

Former Silverado Elementary School Site – Saddleback Gateway Interim Operations Plan

The Interim Operations Plan (IOP) addresses how OC Parks intends to operate and improve Saddleback Gateway (the former Silverado Elementary School site) for public use and benefit over the next several years. OC Parks will operate the site in partnership with OC Public Libraries, who will operate the new Library of the Canyons, in one of the former school buildings.

Site improvements are called out in the IOP to be implemented in three phases. The initial phase of work is substantially complete – primarily the renovation of the two main buildings (library and multi-purpose rooms) and the main parking lot with entry landscape and signage. Later phases of improvements will offer opportunities to redevelop the site into a more functional facility for the community to use for outdoor public events, gatherings and environmental education.

Public comments are requested by February 21, 2017. Email comments to

To download a copy of the Draft IOP or the Appendices click on the following links:

The County of Orange, as lead agency, is circulating a public review a Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the proposed Saddleback Gateway Interim Operations Plan.  To obtain a copy of the Draft MND, and provide comments click here.

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