Live Oak County Park is a very special place. As you stand among the shaded oak groves, keep an eye out for the mortars (grinding holes) in the bedrock. This is not just another park, this is an ancient Native American village. For thousands of years, the Luiseños would call this very park home. The acorns from the oak trees above were used to grind into a fine powder for their meals. The stream next to it was their fresh water used for bathing, cleaning, drinking and cooking.
They would follow the streams and rivers where food sources were most abundant. Their culture is still alive and well today which you can learn more about and support here.
In the mid 1800's this area was later owned by two brothers, Vital and Anthony Reche. They named their property Reche Grove and even named the area Fall Brook, which today we know as Fallbrook. When they outgrew this land, it began to be used for town celebrations.
I have huge problems with continuously learning that indigenous people's villages were later used by colonizers as their main properties and places for celebrations. This is a huge, utter disrespect to indigenous people that happened everywhere.
In 1920 the park was officially dedicated as a county park. There are bronze plaques that can be found throughout the park marking historical events that happened in the area. There is even a native plant garden which can be appreciated here with signs to help educate on what you're looking at.
There is also an amphitheater, workout station, softball field, trails, a dog park across the street, barbeque grills, picnic tables, a basketball court, soccer field, volleyball court and four restroom. It is a beautiful park. Please come here with respect for its history.
Have you ever noticed what looks like a white fungus growing on cactus pads? It's actually an insect called cochineal that is very popularly used in dyes for both fabrics, makeup and food.
The barberries were in season when we visited!
The wild grapes were in season!