Understanding the terrain
In its entirety, the donated site is 430 acres of privately-owned, undeveloped land on the east side of Reche Canyon. The land is defined by a central valley corridor surrounded by ridgelines and has varied terrain, including flat, rolling, and steep topography.
Reche Canyon’s natural beauty is one of the main features of Rancho del Prado and conserving it is one of the priorities of the plan. Dictated by the terrain (which defined placement of housing, roads, parks, and open space), the plan limits the amount of earth-moving required.
The land is accessed by Prado Lane on the north and Crystal Ridge Lane on the south. It is currently within the City of Loma Linda’s physical boundary, but it is not serviceable by the city.
University Realty is therefore working with the City of Colton to bring this land into Colton’s purview and exploring how best to bring future public services— including fire protection, water, and wastewater infrastructure—to the land and the surrounding community.
Conserving open space
The 203-acre Rancho del Prado project area will include more than three miles of recreational trails, 8.3 acres of open space parks, and 87 acres of conserved open space.
Beyond the 95+ acres of parks and open space within the project area, the plan would set aside an additional 227 acres of open space conserved in perpetuity with public trail access, protecting the ridgelines to the northeast. Taken together, the project and additional conservation area comprise 322 acres of parks, trails, and open space—representing approximately 75% of the overall 430 acre land area.