Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

Mission Viejo, CA

Community Centers

The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center enjoys a reputation as an active intergenerational center. With its new 13,500 square foot addition, including a cultural and performing arts building, the center is buzzing with activities for all. Surrounded by beautiful Oso Viejo Park, the facility offers grand terraces, pedestrian bridges and walkways, shade structures, creek overlooks, picnic areas, garden seating areas, tot lot area, Veterans Plaza, and pedestrian trail linkages to Oso Creek Trail. The Village Green is a dual-purpose area with two soccer fields that can also be used as an area for large community events.  A dry creek bed acts as a bioswale to cleanse run-off water from the parking lot and Village Green.  Community-wide support has been developed and maintained through annual community events involving planting installations, and the development of “public art” projects including permanent mosaic installations located throughout the park and adjacent trail.

Key Elements

  • Creekside Terrace
  • Village Green
  • Tot Lot
  • Veterans Plaza
  • Bioswales
  • New Urban Plaza Recognition Award 
2009 International Making Cities Livable