Rules & Safety

Supporting a Safe & Well-Maintained Community

SAMLARC strives to provide well-maintained, safe, and enjoyable facilities for Members and their guests. The policies & guidelines on this page are posted for the information of Members and their guests; additional policies & guidelines may be applicable to individual scenarios and facilities. The full Policies & Guidelines Document, adopted annually by the Board of Directors, is available through the SAMLARC Resident Portal for Members to view. Specific questions may be directed to the SAMLARC Business Office at 949-709-0010.

Key Rules & Policies

Signage

Real Estate Signage


Policies & Guidelines 4H, Section 2 A. For Sale/For Lease Signs:

  1. All signs for the purpose of selling or leasing a Residence must be professionally prepared.
  2. Signs shall be free standing and are not to exceed a maximum height of four (4) feet (combined for both post and sign).
  3. Signs must be only of the acceptable standard "Real Estate" type and size, and shall NOT exceed six (6) square feet.
  4. All signs must conform to the City of Rancho Santa Margarita requirements.
  5. Limit of one (1) sign per lot.
  6. Signs may not extend above side or rear yard perimeter walls or fences facing Community Property.
  7. No signs shall be placed on Community Property, which includes, and may not be limited to, landscaping, median islands, poles, and buildings.
  8. The Owner of the Residence for sale is solely responsible for adherence to the Guidelines.
  9. “For Lease” banners or signs proposed by Apartment Communities, whether permanent or temporary, must have SAMLARC Architectural Review Committee approval prior to display. All such temporary or permanent banners or signs must conform to City of Rancho SantaMargarita requirements.
B. Open House Signs:
  1. Members (or their agents) wishing to advertise "OPEN HOUSE" for the purpose of selling their Residence, must use a standard sign with restrictions on type, location and quantity.
  2. Signs are to conform to the following:
    1. Signs shall not exceed 10" x 30".
    2. Generic green and white or blue and white signs only.
    3. The words "OPEN HOUSE" and an arrow only.
    4. The sign shall be of the type available to Realtors at the Orange County Association of REALTORS® office or available to others at Sign Masters in Mission Viejo.
    5. The Owner of the sign may display real estate company and agent information on the upper corner of the sign, no larger than 2” x 3.5”.
C. Only one (1) sign (in total) per corner on major streets (a major street is defined as any street outside of the various developments). At a four-way intersection, there are four (4) corners where only four (4) signs may be placed.
D. Signs may not remain on Community Property overnight.
E. Riders or flags are not permitted.
F. "OPEN HOUSE" signs may be posted on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.
G. Signs not complying with the Guidelines will be removed by SAMLARC. These signs will be kept for forty-eight (48) hours and then, if not claimed, may be discarded.
H. The Owner of the Residence for sale is solely responsible for adherence to the Guidelines.
I. Members not complying with the Guidelines will be subject to SAMLARC Enforcement Policies.




Street Corner Banners (Temporary Banners)


Policies & Guidelines 5N The following banner rules and regulations apply to SAMLARC Community Property:
Temporary Banner Fee: In accordance with current Fee Schedule (contact Management for fee schedule).

  1. Banners for legally recognized non-profit community organizations located in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita shall be permitted only on/within areas designated by the SAMLARC Board of Directors. The Community Property areas designated are set forth below.
  2. Banners must be approved by the city of Rancho Santa Margarita prior to submitting an application.
  3. Banner may not exceed 4 x 6 feet (24 square feet in total).
  4. Commercial advertising for goods and services is not permitted.
  5. Banners shall pertain to an upcoming community event only that is open to the general public and is not political or religious in nature.
  6. Banners are not allowed for garage sales.
  7. A maximum of three (3) banner permits may be issued per applicant in one calendar year.
  8. All three (3) banners will be permitted to be on display for a total maximum period of ten (10) days or if only one (1) banner is required in one calendar year, it can be permitted to be on display for a total maximum period of thirty (30) days.
  9. Banners must be removed immediately following the event.
  10. Banners must be freestanding mounted on hardware and may not exceed five (5) feet in height.
  11. Each Banner Permit Application is limited to one banner. Use multiple applications for multiple banners.
  12. SAMLARC will not be liable for damaged, lost or stolen banners due to weather, irrigation damage, vandalism, etc.
  13. SAMLARC shall be responsible for the installation and removal of banner.
  14. SAMLARC will approve all language on all banners and reserves the right to deny a banner request or remove banner that does not comply with the policies.
  15. Banners will be approved for only one time events and excludes ongoing programs.
  16. Each designated location shall not exceed a total of one (1) posted banner at any time.
  17. All Banner requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis and applications will be accepted up to three (3) months in advance.
  18. SAMLARC sponsored programs shall have first priority.
SAMLARC Maintained Property Designated Temporary Banner Locations in turf area
only:
a. Santa Margarita Parkway at Melinda – two (2) corners
b. Santa Margarita Parkway at Las Flores – two (2) corners
c. Antonio and Banderas – two (2) corners northeast and west corners;
d. Santa Margarita Parkway at Alicia Parkway – southeast corner
e. Santa Margarita Parkway and Antonio – northeast corner
f. Current location on the southwest corner to the southeast corner of Santa Margarita Parkway at Alicia as well as not allow banners for garage sale




Garage Sale Signage


Policies & Guidelines 4H, Section 2 A. Residents wishing to advertise "GARAGE SALE" for purposes of selling their goods must use a standard sign with restrictions on type, location and quantity. These signs will be available on a first come, first served basis (limit three [3] per garage sale) at the Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, for a deposit fee. This deposit is returned to the Resident when the signs are returned to the Beach Club office.
B. Signs are to conform to the following:

  1. Signs not to exceed 10" x 30".
  2. Generic green and white signs only.
  3. The words "GARAGE SALE" and an arrow only.
C. Only one (1) sign (in total) per corner on major streets (a major street is defined as any street outside of the various developments). At a four-way intersection, there are four (4) corners where only four (4) signs may be placed.
D. Riders or flags are not permitted.
E. "GARAGE SALE" signs may be posted on Saturdays and Sundays only.
F. Signs not complying with the Guidelines will be removed by SAMLARC.
G. The Owner of the Residence having the garage sale is solely responsible for adherence to the Guidelines.
H. Members not complying with the Guidelines will be subject to SAMLARC Enforcement Policies.




Political Signage


Policies & Guidelines 4H, Section 4 A. Political signage for legally recognized elections at the federal, state, county and city level or for special districts shall be permitted only on/within areas designated by the SAMLARC Board of Directors.
B. No political sign may exceed 24” x 36” and must be made of paper-based material only. Two or more signs may not be connected to create a larger single sign.
C. Political signs shall not be animated, revolve, rotate, move mechanically, flash, reflect, or blink and shall not have flags, kites, valances, pennants or flood lights, laser lights, search lights, or other similar attraction devices.
D. Political signs will only be permitted to be on display for twenty-nine (29) days prior to said election.
E. All Political signage must be removed within three (3) days after the election. Any signage not removed within three (3) days after the election will be removed by SAMLARC, or its designated personnel, and discarded if not claimed within three (3) days after removal.
F. SAMLARC will not be liable for damaged, lost or stolen signage placed upon SAMLARC maintenance areas. SAMLARC will not be responsible for damage to political signs due to weather, irrigation damage, vandalism, etc.
G. Any non-compliant political signage on SAMLARC maintenance areas will be removed and discarded. This includes SAMLARC maintained medians where political signs are not permitted.
H. SAMLARC reserves the right to remove political signage in order to maintain SAMLARC maintenance areas.
I. Signs removed by SAMLARC for maintenance reasons will be discarded if not claimed within 3 days following removal.
J. Only designated SAMLARC maintenance area locations are approved for political signage (see attached maps).
K. No more than two signs per candidate are permitted at each designated SAMLARC maintenance area.
L. All political signage must be placed within the red ground stake indicators within designated SAMLARC maintenance areas in accordance with the attached listed “locations designated for political signage”. Any signage outside of these designated areas will be removed. Maps of locations designated for political signage are available from the Management Company upon request.





General

Facility Rentals


Please visit the Rentals page for information on renting:

  • Fiesta Room
  • Conference Room
  • Grand Terrace
  • Central Park Amphitheater
  • Lakeshore Amphitheater




General Facility Rules


Policies & Guidelines 5A - Additional COVID-19 Rules May Apply
Use of the Recreational and Designated Facilities is limited to Registered Residents and
their guests, with the following restrictions:

  1. Residents may use the Recreational and Designated Facilities without charge during normal operational hours, except when Designated Facilities are being reserved by a Use Permit or are posted CLOSED. Use by a Permit has priority over use without a Permit.
  2. Hours of operation and Guidelines affecting specific facilities will be posted at that facility, and they form an integral part of these Guidelines.
  3. Use priorities for reserved use through a permit are based on a priority system. Use authorized through a Permit shall have priority over non-Permitted use.
  4. Pursuant to California State Law, children under the age of fourteen (14) years must be accompanied, while in the Designated Facilities, by a responsible person, who shall not be younger than eighteen (18) years.
  5. Each Resident is responsible at all times for his or her own conduct, as well as the conduct of all members of their family, their guests, their invitees, and/or their agents within the Community Property. Use privileges will be suspended if any person is found to be in violation of these Guidelines.
  6. Use of the Recreational and Designated Facilities is subject to the following Rules Conduct:
    A. Smoking or vaping is not permitted.
    B. Marijuana use is prohibited
    C. Profane or obscene language is not .permitted.
    D. Fighting is not permitted.
    E. Littering is not permitted. Trash containers must be used at all times.
    F. Gambling and other illegal activities are prohibited.
    G. Skateboarding is not permitted on SAMLARC amenities including but not limited to seat walls, tree planters, benches, stairs or railings.
  7. Individuals, or groups, engaged in hazardous/destructive or potentially hazardous/destructive activities, and individuals who, in the opinion of staff or the Board, are incapable of reasonable control of their actions (due to alcoholic beverages, etc.) will be requested to leave any Recreational or Designated Facility immediately.
  8. With the exception of the Lagoon and Beach Club subject to the requirements herein, alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the Recreational and Designated Facilities except through a Special Park Use Permit.
  9. The Recreational and Designated Facilities may not be used for commercial purposes, except as otherwise designated by the CC&R's. Products, other than those provided by SAMLARC vendors, may not be sold at any Recreational or Designated Facility for the profit of any individual or commercial enterprise. This does not apply to Board approved non-profit organizations that request fundraising activities for support of activities approved by a Use Permit.
  10. Health regulations will be strictly enforced at all times.
  11. Glass of any type is prohibited at all Recreational and Designated Facilities, unless otherwise posted. This includes, but is not limited to drinking glasses, bowls, beer/soda bottles, pitchers, etc.
  12. Residents are responsible for closing Designated Facility gates when entering or leaving any Designated Facility.
  13. Portable barbecues and/or propane tanks are not permitted at any Recreational or Designated Facility unless specifically approved by a Use Permit.
  14. Except for Service Animals, no animals are allowed in Designated Facilities, unless in conjunction with an approved activity where Pets are permitted.
  15. Bicycles, skates, and skateboards are not permitted in any Designated Facilities, or on the basketball courts. Bicycles must be parked at the bike racks provided.
  16. All accidents and/or injuries occurring at Recreational or Designated Facilities or on Community Property must be reported within twenty-four (24) hours to SAMLARC. SAMLARC will not be held responsible for any accident or injury occurring at any Recreational or Designated Facility, or on Community Property, by Residents, Members of their family, guests, invitees, and/or agents.
  17. Any damage and/or vandalism occurring at the Recreational or Designated Facility, or on Community Property, should be reported immediately to SAMLARC. Any Resident witnessing damage or vandalism should attempt to inform SAMLARC Management immediately, and if safely possible, should obtain the violating Resident's name, license plate number, or Gate Access ID Card number. SAMLARC will not be held responsible for any damage and/or vandalism occurring at any Recreational or Designated Facility, or on Community Property, by Residents, Members of their family, guests, invitees, and/or agents.
  18. Use of Recreational Facilities and Designated Facilities is at the Resident's own risk.
  19. Posting of any signs and/or flyers will be not permitted on SAMLARC Community Property including, but not limited to landscaping, median islands, poles, and buildings, unless approved by SAMLARC.
  20. Play equipment (e.g., bounce houses) and/or animals (e.g., pony rides) are not permitted on SAMLARC Community Property, unless specifically approved by a Use Permit.
  21. Violations of any of the rules or failure to follow the instructions of the program staff at any time, repeat violations of a rule or multiple violations of any rules are grounds for removal from any program and loss of use of the Recreational and Designated Facility.
  22. Persons shall not bring into or discharge firearms, firecrackers, rockets, torpedoes, or other types of explosives: bring into or discharge any gun, pistol, slingshot or similar devices, or carry or use any bows and arrows, or carry or use any other object capable of propelling a projectile; or carry or use any object calculated or likely to make a noise sufficient to disturb the peace and quiet enjoyment of the Recreational Facility.
  23. Recreational Facilities cannot be used for personal financial gain or commercial activity. If signs or flyers are posted advertising an event, they will be removed, and the Registered Resident may be fined, and the event canceled.
  24. Private events that include an admission charge, or commercial activities that include the exchange of money for goods are prohibited. This includes catering events, food vendors, and the sale of any type of goods for a fee.
  25. Events that require the use of amplified sound require an Amplified Sound Permit from SAMLARC.
  26. Flowers, balloons, streamers are allowed, but only string or ribbon may be used to hang or attach decorations. Staples, tacks, and/or tape are not permitted. All decorations must be removed after the event.
  27. Residents must indemnify and save SAMLARC harmless from any loss or damage to personal property by fire, theft, or from any cause whatsoever and to indemnify and save SAMLARC harmless from any and all liability for injury or death of any person or persons, or loss or damage to any property caused or occasioned by, or arising out of the use of SAMLARC Property




Gate Access Cards


Entry to SAMLARC's Pools, Tennis Courts, Beach Club Lagoon, and restrooms is restricted by Gate Access Cards. To apply for your card, please follow the steps below:

  1. Download the Gate Access Application Form and Tenant Authorization Form (if applicable) or obtain a physical copy from the Beach Club Office.
  2. Gather the following documents as they apply to your residency:
    • Homeowners: A printed copy of one of the following: Grant Deed or Official Closing Escrow Statement
    • Tenants: A completed copy of the Tenant Authorization signed by your landlord, and a copy of your lease agreement
  3. Bring the appropriate documents and a government-issued photo ID to the Beach Club Office during business hours. A staff member will assist you in processing the application and issuing your card.
SAMLARC Beach Club Office Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 21472 Avenida de los Fundadores Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 Apartment residents must obtain access cards from their apartment community manager.





Pools & Lagoon

Pools & Waders


Policies & Guidelines 5F - Additional COVID-19 Rules Apply The Swimming Pools and Waders are Designated Facilities. In addition to the
following specific Guidelines, please refer to the General Guidelines, Section 5A.
Pool Monitors and/or Lifeguards may be in place during the spring and summer
seasons to monitor the water and respond to emergencies. Pool Monitors and/or
Lifeguards supplement parental supervision, they do not take the place of parental
supervision. Always keep a close eye on your children when they are in the water.
When supervising children in the water, parents should not use cell phones, read
books or engage in activities poolside that take attention from supervising children.
Children, even those that have learned to swim, can become distressed or submerged
in seconds. Please help keep the SAMLARC Pools and Waders safe for your child by
paying close attention to them at all times.

  1. Swimming in the Pools and Waders is limited to Registered Residents and their guests.
  2. Swimming in the Pools and Waders is limited to specific hours, which are posted at each facility. Hours are subject to change without notice. Swimming is at one's own risk.
  3. While in the water children three (3) years old and under must be within arm’s length of a parent or responsible adult eighteen years of age or older. Children four (4) years old to six (6) years old must have a parent or responsible adult eighteen years of age or older in the water within ten (10) feet of the child.
  4. Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices are allowed. A limited number of approved life vests are available for checkout at the pools during the hours of staffing. Please check with SAMLARC staff for availability.
  5. Fins, balls, air mattresses, flotation devices or other similar devices are not permitted in the Pool.
  6. All children under four (4) (toilet trained or not) must wear waterproof vinyl shorts,(with elastic at the waist and legs), when in the water. During staffing hours, vinyl waterproof swim shorts are available. Please see a staff member for assistance.
  7. Diving is not allowed.
  8. All swimmers must shower prior to entering the Pool or Waders.
  9. Consistent with Title 22 §65541 of the California Code of Regulations, Resident and Guest Pool or Wader users having a communicable disease while in an infectiousstate, or while having any symptoms such as a cough, nasal or ear discharge or when wearing bandages, shall not enter the Pool or Wader water unless the Pool or Wader user submits a current written statement to the Pool or Wader operator, signed by a license physician, confirming that the Pool or Wader user does not present a health hazard to others using the Pool, Wader, or ancillary facilities.
  10. Running is not allowed in the Pool and Waders areas. Unruly conduct is not permitted in the swimming area.
  11. Hairpins and metal clips are not allowed.
  12. Clothing other than normal swimming attire, are not allowed to be worn while inthe Pool or Waders.
  13. Food is not permitted in the water.
  14. Except for Service Animals, no animals are allowed in Designated Facilities, unless in conjunction with an Approved activity where Pets are permitted.
  15. SAMLARC furniture and property must not be removed from the Pool area, nor shall it be placed in the water.
  16. Water contamination will result in immediate closure of the Pool or Waders.




Beach Club Lagoon


Policies & Guidelines 5E - Additional COVID-19 Rules Apply View the 2021 Rules Here The Swim Lagoon is a Designated Facility. In addition to the following specific
Guidelines, please refer to the General Guidelines, Section V-A.
Lagoon Monitors and/or Lifeguards may be in place during the spring and summer
seasons to monitor the water and respond to emergencies. Lagoon Monitors and/or
Lifeguards supplement parental supervision, they do not take the place of parental
supervision. Always keep a close eye on your children when they are in the water.
When supervising children in the water, parents should not use cell phones, read
books or engage in activities poolside that take attention from supervising children.
Children, even those that have learned to swim, can become distressed or submerged
in seconds. Please help keep the SAMLARC Swim Lagoon safe for your child by paying
close attention to them at all times.

  1. Swimming in the Lagoon, Pools and Waders is limited to Registered Residents and their guests.
  2. Swimming in the Lagoon is limited to specific hours, which are posted at the Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club entrance. Hours are subject to change without notice. Swimming is at one's own risk.
  3. While in the water children three (3) years old and under must be within arm’s length of a parent or responsible adult eighteen years of age or older. Children four (4) years old to six (6) years old must have a parent or responsible adult eighteen years of age or older in the water within ten (10) feet of the child.
  4. Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices are allowed. A limited number of approved life vests are available for checkout at the Lagoon and pools during the hours of staffing. Please check with SAMLARC staff for availability.
  5. Fins, air mattresses, flotation devices, or other similar devices are not permitted in the Lagoon.
  6. All children under four (4) (toilet trained or not) must wear waterproof rubber shorts (with elastic at the waist and legs), when in the water. During staffing hours, vinyl waterproof swim shorts are available at the office.
  7. Diving is not allowed.
  8. All swimmers must shower prior to entering the Lagoon.
  9. Consistent with Title 22 §65541 of the California Code of Regulations, Resident and Guest Lagoon users having a communicable disease while in an infectious state, or while having any symptoms such as a cough, nasal or ear discharge or when wearing bandages, shall not enter the Lagoon water unless the Lagoon user submits a current written statement to the Lagoon operator, signed by a licensed physician, confirming that the Lagoon user does not present a health hazard to others using the Lagoon or ancillary facilities.
  10. Running is not allowed in the swim Lagoon, on the adjacent sand, or on the paved
    areas. Unruly conduct is not permitted in the swimming area.
  11. Hairpins and metal clips are not allowed.
  12. Clothing other than normal swimming attire, is not allowed to be worn while in the
    Lagoon.
  13. Food is not permitted in the water. Water fowl should never be encouraged by
    feeding. These birds add unwanted nutrients to the water that are damaging to
    the water quality.
  14. SAMLARC furniture and property must not be removed from the Lago Santa
    Margarita Beach Club area nor shall it be placed in the water.
  15. The use of Beach Club lounge chairs may be limited on seasonal high usage days.
  16. Parents are to accompany all children into the Beach Club restroom facilities.
  17. Changing of diapers on the beach is not permitted. Diaper changing tables are
    provided in the restroom facilities.
  18. Throwing trash, rubbish, debris, cigarette butts or any foreign objects into the
    Lagoon is prohibited.
  19. Personal items may not be left in the area overnight. All "lost and found" items
    should be turned in to the Beach Club office. These items will be kept for thirty
    (30) days and then, if not claimed, may be discarded.
  20. Except for Service Animals, no animals allowed in Designated Facilities, unless in
    conjunction with an Approved activity where Pets are permitted.
  21. Residents, or their guests, shall not enter the equipment areas at any time.
  22. Radio and stereo noise shall be kept at a moderate level. SAMLARC has
    discretionary power to limit noise levels.
  23. Water contamination will result in closure of the Swim Lagoon.
  24. Non-compliance with these policies will result in expulsion from the Beach Club.
  25. Individual or group private swim lessons or swim instruction may not be provided
    in SAMLARC Pools or the Lagoon for commercial purposes unless approved
    SAMLARC. Commercial purposes is defined as any action taken on the part of an
    instructor for pay or income generation.




Flotation Devices & Water Toys


In order to keep the pools and lagoon enjoyable and safe for all, the SAMLARC Policies & Guidelines state: "Fins, hard balls, or flotation devices other than life preservers are not permitted in the pools." Flotation Devices Flotation devices will continue to be limited to Coast Guard Approved life preservers. A life preserver is defined as a flotation device which is marked "Coast Guard Approved." This is normally a vest style available in a variety of sizes from infant to adult, and may be purchased at many local businesses including Price Club or sporting goods stores for about $20. It is important to remember that it is left to the final judgment of the pool/lagoon monitor and staff as to what creates an unsafe situation. For example, you may restrict the use of diving rings on days that the pools or lagoon are too crowded for their safe use, or you may judge a flotation device to be unsafe if it does not fit properly. Water Toys ACCEPTABLE water toys are as follows: 

  • Soft balls and blow-up toys
  • Diving rings and similar diving toys
  • Masks and goggles
  • Kickboards and other fitness training equipment if used within the lane line
PROHIBITED flotation devices and water toys are as follows: 
  • Rafts and boogie boards
  • Swim fins (permitted in lap lanes for adult exercise)
  • Fun noodles 
  • Squirt guns
  • Other devices or toys as deemed unsafe




Water Safety


Did You Know...

  • California leads the nation in drowning deaths for children five years of age? 
  • Children under five are 14 times more likely to be killed by a spa or pool than by a vehicle
  • Children under five typically do not splash or cry out for help after falling into water
  • Children can drown in the time it takes to answer the phone or see who’s at the door
  • Most children involved in water accidents were last seen in the home or away from the pool or spa
All adults need to maintain their vigilance when watching children around water features. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, parents need to learn the following action steps in order to keep their children safe:
  1. Protection – Use layers of barrier protection between the child and water to warn and impede. Install alarms on doors and windows leading to the water about five feet above ground level so that a child cannot reach them. A non-climbable five-foot fence should be used to separate the pool/spa area from the residence. Openings should be no more than four inches wide so children cannot squeeze through the spaces. Fence gates, side gates and doors leading to the water should be self-closing and self-latching, with latches at least 54 inches high. Utilize pool safety covers, particularly those that are power-operated, which are safest and easiest to use
  2. Supervision – Curiosity and inability to understand danger put young children at risk. Adults must establish and communicate responsibility for child supervision by assigning an adult “water watcher” to oversee the water area, especially during social gatherings. A second adult should be assigned to maintain visual contact with children in the pool area. Never assume someone else is watching your child, and never leave a child alone near a pool, spa, bathtub, toilet, bucket, pond or any standing water in which a child’s nose and mouth may be submerged. Don’t reply on swimming lessons, life preservers or other equipment to make a child “water safe.” If a child is missing, make sure the pool and spa are the first places searched.
  3. Preparation – Make sure adults, babysitters and others know how to swim and have learned CPR and proper rescue techniques. Rescue equipment such as lifesaving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR signs are to be mounted by the pool. Do not reply on float-type toys like arm floats and inflatable rings as lifesavers; they are only toys. Have a phone near the pool area for emergency 911 calls and to avoid leaving children unattended to talk on the phone.
FAQ's Q: My child knows how to swim. I don’t need to be in the water with him while he’s swimming, do I? A: Yes, you do, because there’s no such thing as a “water safe” swimmer. It’s an unfortunate fact that drowning is the leading cause of death in the country five and under. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, a drowning is 100% preventable and parents should watch the water at all times. Q: Why can’t my child use water wings at the pool? A: Water wings pose a drowning risk because a child can easily slip out of them when in the water. In addition, fire authorities say that floatation devices used by young children who cannot swim increase the likelihood of drowning by giving both the parents and the children a false sense of security. Other flotation devices, such as swimsuits with built-in floats, pose the same safety risks. Per the Orange County Fire Authority recommendation, only Coast Guard-approved life vests are permitted for use at any of the pool facilities. These vests can be purchased at a local sporting goods store. Q: What are the red flags occasionally posted at the entrance to a pool facility? A: A red flag posted at the entrance to the pool means that the facility is closed due to fecal contamination or mechanical difficulties




COVID-19 Aquatic Facility Protocols


Please click HERE to view the COVID-19 Aquatic Facility Protocols and click HERE to view the 2021 Beach Club Rules.





Lake, Parks, & Trails

Parks & Trails


Policies & Guidelines Section 5H - Additional COVID-19 Rules May Apply

  1. The Parks and Trails consist of active and passive areas.
  2. The active areas consist of the covered picnic areas and the adjacent barbecues, and sport fields, and the basketball and volleyball courts.
  3. The passive areas include the tot lots, play equipment, uncovered picnic tables with barbecues; open grass areas, walkways and benches.
  4. All active areas may be reserved for use by obtaining a Park Use Permit. If not reserved, the active areas are available on a first come first served basis. The passive areas cannot be reserved and are available on a first come first served basis only. Those with a Park Use Permit have use priority over those without a permit.
  5. All league or structured activities must first obtain organization approval from SAMLARC before obtaining a Park Use Permit.
  6. The following Guidelines apply to the use of all Park and Trail areas.
    A. All Parks and Trails are open from 6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Use from 10:00P.M. to 6:00 A.M. is prohibited unless specifically authorized by SAMLARC.
    1) The Lakeshore shall be open until 11:00 P.M.
    2) All lighted Sports Fields shall be open until 10:00 P.M.
    B. No person shall drive or otherwise operate a Vehicle in a Park or Trail area onsurfaces other than those maintained and open to authorized users for the purposes of vehicular travel. The only exceptions are: Vehicles in service of SAMLARC; law enforcement Vehicles; emergency Vehicles; or, those specifically authorized by Park Use Permit.
    C. No person or group shall install, use, and operate within any Park Non-Sports Area or Park Sports Field a loudspeaker or any sound amplifying equipment unless specifically authorized by an Amplified Sound Permit. Exceptions include: Use by law enforcement personnel; or, use by SAMLARC Staff.
    D. Authorized non-profit organizations may obtain use of approved vendors for permit-authorized fund-raising efforts. All commercial vendors must first be requested by the fund raiser, then that vendor must obtain approval from SAMLARC.
    E. No person, group or organization shall make any modifications or additions to any area in the Park Non-Sports Areas or Park Sports Fields unless specifically authorized in writing by SAMLARC.
    F. The practicing or playing of golf on any Park Non-Sports Area or Park Sports Field is prohibited.
    G. Inclement weather is defined as weather which, in the sole judgment of SAMLARC, would leave a Park in a condition that would present a risk of damage to the Park Sports Field or injury to the user. SAMLARC has the authority to close all or any portion of a Park Sports Field to a user based on inclement weather.
    H. All dogs shall be kept on a leash when in a Recreational Facility. All local leash laws will be strictly enforced by the appropriate governing entity.
    I. Each Resident, guest and invitee is responsible for removing his/her dog(s),cat(s), or other animal feces from a Recreational Facility.
  7. Sports League and Organized Sports Use on Central Park and the neighborhood parks of Cielo Vista, Estrella Vista and Mesa Linda Park:
    A. It is not recommended that these parks be utilized for sports league and organized sports use.
    B. Any use will be restricted to practice only, and for no longer than one month during the calendar year unless otherwise approved by the Board of Directors.
    C. Use will require a Special Use Permit approve by the Board of Directors on a case by case basis.
    D. Use by sports leagues subject to all other fields being reserved and there being no other field available.
Note: Some Parks and Trails border natural wildlife habitats that may contain mountain lions, coyotes, rattlesnakes, ticks and other wildlife. This wildlife may be present at Parks and Trails at any time. Use caution at all times and carefully monitor children and pets.




Fishing


Policies & Guidelines 5C In addition to the following specific Guidelines, please refer to the General Guidelines,
Section 5A.

  1. The Lake is owned and stocked by SAMLARC.
  2. Fishing is restricted to Registered Residents and their guests.
  3. Fishing is permitted from a Boat, and from the areas surrounding the Lake, except the fenced area of the Beach Club facility and the concrete area at the east end of the Lake.
  4. Fishing is permitted with no more than one (1) pole per person, with no more than two (2) hooks per line.
  5. The line shall be attended at all times.
  6. The use of gigs, spears, explosives, firearms, air rifles, nets, traps, or bow and arrows is prohibited. Netting or trapping minnows, mosquito fish, crayfish or turtles is prohibited.
  7. The bag limit per person, per day, is any combination of fish equaling four (4). A penalty per fish over the limit will be assessed. a. Minimum size limit for largemouth bass and all catfish species is twelve (12) inches. There is no minimum size on all other fish species.
    b. Fish under the minimum size requirements must be returned to the Lake immediately. Proper handling to minimize disturbance of a fish’s slime coat and rapid return to the water is encouraged for any fish that is not retained. Release undersized or unwanted fish with a minimum of fishing gear attached if the hook cannot be removed easily.
  8. In order to protect the natural ecological balance of the Lake, the only types of bait permitted are: red worms, night-crawlers, meal worms, terrestrial insects (grasshoppers, crickets, etc.), salmon eggs (fish roe), marshmallows, and catfish stink bait. Goldfish, minnows, shad, shiners or other live finfish baits are prohibited.
  9. SAMLARC is the only entity allowed to introduce any fish, or wildlife of any kind, into the Lake. Violators will be fined.
  10. Cleaning of fish, or disposing of fish at the Lake edge, is prohibited, and will result in a fine.
11. Trash, rubbish, or other debris must be placed in trash containers around the Lake,
and not left on the Lake edge. Violators will be subject to a fine.




Picnic Shelter Rentals


SAMLARC Picnic Shelters may be reserved by Members. At this time, COVID-19 guidelines and requirements are in place to preserve the health of the community. Please click here to view picnic shelter reservation information.




Lake & Lakeshore


Policies & Guidelines 5D - Additional COVID-19 Rules May Apply The Lake and Lakeshore are considered a Recreational Facility. In addition to the
following specific Guidelines, please refer to the General Guidelines, Section 5A.
The Lake is a man-made body of water and must be carefully maintained to keep it in
an ecologically healthy and attractive condition. The Lake is maintained by technicians
experienced in the use of chemicals, which are used to inhibit the accumulation of
weeds, algae, animal wastes, and insect pests. At the time these chemicals are used,
or if unforeseen problems arise, it may be necessary to restrict or prohibit the use of
the Lake.

  1. Throwing trash, rubbish, debris, cigarette butts or any foreign objects into the Lake is prohibited. All refuse must be disposed of in trash containers.
  2. The introduction of any fish, reptile, animal, or other wildlife into the Lake is prohibited. Violators will be fined.
  3. Domestic pets around the Lakeshore must be on a leash. Each Resident is responsible for removing his/her dog's, cat's or other animal's defecation from the Lakeshore.
  4. Dogs, cats, or other animals shall not be carried or transported on the Lake; nor shall they be permitted in any manner to enter the Lake.
  5. Feeding of ducks, mallards, and other birds is prohibited, and subject to a fine.
  6. Wading, swimming, scuba or skin diving is not permitted in the Lake, other than for rescue or maintenance purposes.